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 Theatre Director Tony Horne, educator, arts manager, performer, director, and
choreographer, will direct a student theatrical production of The Sparrow, by Chris Mathews, Jake
Minton, and Nathan Allen, about a teen with unusual hidden powers that could
either save or destroy her hometown. Tony Horne co-founded the Memphis Black
Repertory Theatre and served as its administrative director from 1997 to 2000.
He also served as treasurer for Black Theatre Network, a national organization
that promotes African-American theatre. He is currently an associate professor
of music theatre and directing at the Peck School of Arts at the University of
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 also enjoys
bringing his toy poodle canine sidekick, Minion, to help him teach.
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.