Murphy Visiting Theatre Director Ashlie Atkinson was born in Arkansas and graduated from Hendrix in 2001. Now based in New York, she is an award-winning playwright and actor of stage, film, and television.
Dr. Maurice A. Lee is the Murphy Visiting Senior Fellow in Literature, teaching a course in African American literature--with a focus on the Harlem Renaissance--in Fall 2017.
Dr. Lee, newly
retired from being Dean of Liberal Arts at the University of Central Arkansas, has taught at UCA as well as Haverford,
Vassar, Bard, and Antioch colleges. As a graduate student, he helped to develop
the second African-American Studies program in the country at the University of
Wisconsin. Dr. Lee co-founded the International Conference on the Short Story
in English in 1992, and has been instrumental in the growth of that conference
Visiting Playwriting Instructor Werner Trieschmann, a 1986 graduate of Hendrix College, has published numerous plays, including Failing the Improv, You Have to Serve Somebody and Killers, which have been staged across the country. His monologues have appeared in The Best Women's Stage Monologues 1999 and Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s. He received first prize in the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans New Play Competition for his play Lawn Dart and was the first playwright to receive the Porter Prize for Literary Excellence. He has an M.F.A. in playwriting from Boston University. Trieschmann is a freelance writer and busy adjunct professor living in Little Rock with his wife and two wild but beloved boys.
Murphy Visiting Fellow in
Theatre Kane Anderson holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.F.A.
in Theatre Performance from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Theatre
Studies from the University of California–Santa Barbara, and has taught most
recently at Pacific Lutheran University. In addition to acting and directing
professionally, Dr. Anderson researches the intersections of popular culture
and performance in America. His research on superhero cosplay at Comic-Con
International appears in multiple publications. Kane is assisted by his toy poodle canine sidekick, Minion.
Murphy Visiting Fellow in English Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers's debut poetry collection, Chord Box
(University of Arkansas Press, 2013), was the finalist for the 2013 Miller
Williams Prize and the 2014 Lambda Literary Award. Her poems and creative
nonfiction have been published in many journals, including The Missouri
Review, Boston Review, FIELD, Washington Square, and The Rumpus. She holds
a B.A. in writing and dance from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in poetry from
Cornell University. Professor Rogers, now Murphy Visiting Fellow in
English, has taught at Kenyon College, Cornell University, Tulane University,
Shanxi Agricultural University in China, and elsewhere, and held a Kenyon
Review Fellowship from 2012 to 2014. Beyond writing and teaching, she
enjoys hiking and making things in the kitchen, and is a major dance party
Murphy Visiting Fellow in
Spanish Robyn Wright is a sociolinguist and a language teacher whose research interests
include language variation and change, language contact, Hispanic linguistics,
and Romance linguistics. Her current research examines the Madrid dialect of
Spanish and how phonetic variation is used to convey particular identities and
construct social meaning. Prof. Wright holds bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and
Spanish education at the University of Arizona, where she also received her
M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics before going on to earn the Ph.D. in Hispanic
Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. She has studied abroad in
Brazil, Spain, France, and South Africa. When she is not teaching or
researching language variation, she's probably busy doing something musical,
practicing smoothie/green juice recipes, or gardening.