Jun 23, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 
Undergraduate Catalog

School of Literary and Performing Arts

The School of Literary and Performing Arts houses the English Program in 501 Stabler Hall, the Theatre Arts Program in 130 Center for Performing Arts, and Music in the Fine Arts building.

The School of Literary and Performing Arts cultivates cross-disciplinary inquiry and critical thinking in the areas of theatre, music, and English. Embodying the values of collaboration and exploration, the school aims to strengthen already existing interdisciplinary programs such as the Shakespeare Scene and Fringe Festivals while encouraging innovative approaches to musical theatre, songwriting, screenwriting, creative writing, as well as secondary and extended education. The joining of these programs will combine the performance spaces of the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, the Haislip Theatre, and the University Theatre to further support internal events and external partnerships with Ballet Arkansas, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Six Bridges Literary Festival, and other musical, theatrical, dance, arts and language and literacy organizations across central Arkansas.


School Administrators

  • Kris McAbee, Co-Director, Associate Professor of English
  • Stacy Pendergraft, Co-Director, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
  • Caelon Colbert, Coordinator for Literary and Performing Arts 
  • Vicki Plant, Administrative Assistant 


English Faculty

  • Laura Barrio-Vilar, Associate Professor
  • Jeffrey Condran, Associate Professor 
  • Paul Crutcher, Associate Professor
  • Jeremy Scott Ecke, Associate Professor  
  • H. K. Hummel, Associate Professor 
  • Angela Hunter, Associate Professor 
  • Brad Minnick, Associate Professor 


Music Faculty

  • Justin Bunting, Assistant Professor 
  • Rolf Groesbeck, Professor
  • Naoki Hakutani, Associate Professor 
  • Linda R. Holzer, University Professor
  • Lorissa Mason, Assistant Professor  
  • Michael Underwood, Instructor 
  • Mary Alice Chambers, Adjunct Instructor 
  • Lisa Doss, Adjunct Instructor 
  • Lee Ann Jones, Adjunct Instructor
  • Meredith Maddox Hicks, Adjunct Instructor
  • Diane Kesling, Adjunct Instructor
  • Nickolas Doshier, Assistant Professor
  • Jaeyeon Park, Collaborating Pianist 
  • Kristina Buck, Adjunct Instructor 
  • David Renfro, Adjunct Instructor 
  • Kate Sain, Adjunct Instructor 
  • Andrew Stadler, Adjunct Instructor 
  • Bruce Johnson, Adjunct Instructor

Theatre Arts Faculty

  • Lawrence Smith, Associate Professor 




    Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of MusicMinor