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About Dr. Maria Bakalis

The link between the arts and education is one that I hope to forge even stronger. When I write a play, create a character for the stage, teach a class, conduct a seminar, audition for a voice over or a role in a play, I bring to each my dual passions: theatre and education.

Bachelor of Arts / Speech/Theatre Major
De Paul University
Master of Arts Communications / Theatre
Northeastern Illinois 1975
Doctorate in Education / Continuing Professional Education
Northern Illinois 2001
Certificate in Acting
Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts / London, England 1995

Waubonsee Community College Professor Communications/Theatre
College of DuPage, Communications faculty
Dominican University, Communications faculty

Designed and created the following courses:
Theatre in America: the Depiction of Race and Ethnicity on the American Stage
(online and traditional face-to-face delivery modes)
Created CD-ROMS to accompany Communications and Theatre texts
Distance Learning courses
Creative Dramatics as a Learning Methodology
Musical Theatre Practicum
Children’s Theatre Practicum
(traveling theatre, and educational outreach program sponsored by the college)
Interpersonal Communication
Voice and Diction (taught both face to face and via interactive television)

Presented for corporate, community, and academic conferences. Topics included:
Communicating Effectively
The Art of Listening in Academic and Corporate Settings
Teacher Training (Strategies for Effective Teaching)
Scenario Based Conflict Management Training
Acting as a Learning Methodology
Nonverbal Communication
Voice and Diction
Teacher as Facilitator

TEXTBOOK: Who Do You Think You Are? Interpersonal Communications
JOURNAL ARTICLE: The Arts in Higher Education Contexts (Oxford Round Table Journal)
JOURNAL ARTICLE: Breaking the Boredom Barrier: Creative Teaching Strategies (New Teacher Advocate )

Theatre Director
Waubonsee College/ Directed over 80 theatre productions involving over 1000 students)
Curtain Up Players Glen Ellyn, Il
Dominican University Theatre Dept.
Wheaton Drama, Inc
Director Of Greek Theatre Des Plaines, IL.
(Greek language and bilingual theatre)

ACTOR (Representative of roles performed)
Portrayals: Jane Addams, Mary Todd Lincoln, Maria Callas
Comedy/Improv: Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Over the River and Through the Woods, Social Security,
Drama: Death of A Salesman, Glass Menagerie
Classical: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Medea

PLAYWRIGHT (Representative of works written)
Halsted Street: The Legacy of Jane Addams
La Maria: The Life and Love of Maria Callas
Mary Todd Lincoln: Reflections on a Life of Shattered Dreams
We the People: Immigrant Voices
Broadway Bits and Pieces
Children’s Plays
Once Upon A Dream
Hansel Gretel and Beulah the Bad
The Fairy Who Lost Her Way
Yes, Virginia There Is a Santa Claus

The joy of learning comes not from the end result but from the many paths taken to reach that end.

Dr. Maria Bakalis

With every encounter I have had with students, be it in classroom, hallway, chat room, or a theatre rehearsal, I bring my own two precious teaching tools—my heart and my mind.

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