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Faculty Profile

Karie Miller

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre & Dance (2019)

Contact Information

Montgomery House


Karie Miller received her PhD in Theatre Performance, History and Theory from The Ohio State University and her MFA in Acting from the University of Virginia. While at OSU, she facilitated the first OSU Civic Practice and Public Performance Conference, and the Question of Survival: Adaptation/Abstraction Symposium. In addition to her theatre studies, she received the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Fine Art, resulting from multiple collaborations with poets, visual artists, dancers, and musicians throughout the university. Also at OSU, she led devising processes on multiple new works including The Else or Something, Search Party, and Four People, incorporating her practice-based-research into her dissertation, “Practicing a New Hospitality: the Interdependence of Partnership and Play in Theatrical Meaning-Making.” As a performer, director and teaching artist, Karie worked throughout Chicago from 2009 to 2014, during which time she became (and remains) an Ensemble Member with Sideshow Theatre Company, with whom she also served as Community Manager, coordinating and emceeing the Chicago League of Lady Arm-Wrestlers as her alter ego, Rockke L. Squelch. Her research explores the content, behavior, and containers that promote the co-creation of meaning, primarily through acts of care and play.


  • B.F.A., Northern Kentucky University, 2004
  • M.F.A., University of Virginia, 2008
  • Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2019

2020-2021 Academic Year

Spring 2021

THDA 300 Acting II:Mvmt/Voice Technique
This course will explore the creative process through movement and language. The student will work individually and in groups to create performance pieces based upon principles of text and movement. The class aims to develop the expressive power of the voice and body while fostering interdisciplinary thinking and artistic experimentation and an appreciation for the historic intersection of dance and theater. Prerequisite: 203 and/or 200-level movement.

THDA 319 Dramaturgy
What is a dramaturg? This course will answer that question through theoretical and applied investigations of dramatic texts in historical, literary, and performative contexts. Always keeping in sight the idea of theater as a collaborative production-focused art, students will practice research, text analysis, genres of writing for/about the theater and dramaturgical roles on various kinds and aspects of production. A dramaturgical casebook for a proposed play or department production will be the culminating assignment. Prerequisite: 101 or 201 or permission of instructor.

THDA 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch