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Dan Heaton

Dan Heaton



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In his over 30 year career, “Dr. Dan”, as he's known to his students, has directed over 60 productions, produced over 100 Fat Tuesday Debutantes improvisational comedy shows, and performed at numerous national and regional performance festivals and conferences. He is the recipient of the Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance from the National Communication Association. As part of his most recent sabbatical project, he toured a one-person show, “Almost Paradise,” which features a compilation of contemporary poetry that focuses on a variety of figures from popular culture.

He has delivered over 100 presentations and performances at academic conferences. He has published ten journal articles and has two book chapters currently in review. He has served as a guest artist/artist-in-residence and invited speaker at multiple universities. His favorite thing to do is work with student performers and directors to help them discover their strengths and use performance as a way to change the world.

Performance Studies
Alternative and Experimental Theatre
Group Performance, Oral Communication
Introduction to Theatre
Introduction to the Study of Human Communication
Masquers Outreach Ensemble
Public Address
Interpersonal Communication
Performance Festival
Community Outreach
Direct CU Theatre productions
Ph.D., Louisiana State University (Performance Studies)
M.A., Louisiana State University (Communication Studies)
B.A., Carson-Newman College (now University) (Communication Arts-Theatre and English-Literature)
A.A., Anderson College (now University) (Liberal Arts)

“Fake ID: A Mystory Response to Busted Flat in Baton Rouge” Text and Performance Quarterly. January 2005

"Between Chaos and Order or My Life as a Messy Text" American Communication Journal 2002

"The Communication Moment" Teaching Ideas for the Basic Communication Course 2, Kendall Hunt, 1998

“Intrapersonal Show-N-Tell" Teaching Ideas for the Basic Communication Course2, Kendall Hunt, 1998

"Twenty Fragments: The ''Other,'' Gazing Back or Touring Juanita" Text and Performance Quarterly, July 1998

"Using the PRISM Model to teach Intrapersonal Communication: A 3-D Alternative to the Johari Window" Journal of the Illinois Speech and Theatre Association, 1997

"True Stories: Engaging the Other by Performing Personal Narratives" Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, 1997

"The Em-Powter-ing of America: Using Info-mercials to Teach Persuasion and Popular Discourse in the Basic Communication Class" Basic Communication Course Annual, 1997

"Performing Family Narratives in Theatre and Communication Classes" co-authored with Sharon Croft Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, 1996

"Krewe D''Elvis: LSU Folklore in the Making" co-authored with Leigh Anne Howard Louisiana Folklore Miscellany, 1993