CRLT Theatre Program Staff
Senior Associate Director of CRLT
Sara Armstrong has been the Artistic Director of the CRLT Theatre Program since 2012. She has over twenty years of experience as an actor, director, dramaturg, arts administrator, and educator across professional, university, and community contexts. In her role at CRLT, she maintains the company’s repertoire of existing productions, develops original scripts, facilitates Players sessions, and works with academic units to incorporate theatre into their professional development programming. She also consults with faculty and graduate student instructors on vocal presentation skills and arts integrated instructional practices. Sara received her PhD from the interdisciplinary theatre and drama program at Northwestern University where her research focused on the framing and reception of rhythm-centric performance pedagogies.
Courtney Riddle earned a B.A. in Communications and Theater Arts from Eastern Michigan University in 2002. She became Company Manager of the CRLT Players in 2010 where she recruits, casts, supervises, and coordinates the work of the actors. She also coordinates rehearsal and performance schedules, travels with the company, and collaborates with the Artistic Director on program development. Courtney has been a resident of Ann Arbor since 1998 and has been performing in the music and theatrical world for over 25 years.
Kathryn Pamula earned a B.B.A. in Business Administration and a B.T.A. in Theatre Arts-Performing Arts Management from the University of Michigan. She came to CRLT as a Program Assistant in 2013 and joined the CRLT Theatre Program staff in 2015. She has previously worked at several professional theatre companies, including the Manhattan Theatre Club. Kathryn oversees performance and travel logistics for the CRLT Players and manages the Players' website.
Theresa Braunschneider came to CRLT in 2012 from her position as a tenured Associate Professor of English at Washington & Lee University. She earned her Ph.D. in English and Women’s Studies from U-M, where she received both the Outstanding GSI Award and the David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching English Composition. She has held fellowships at the National Humanities Center and the Huntington Library, and in 2009 she was awarded an ACLS Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies. Her scholarly publications include the monograph Our Coquettes: Capacious Desire in the Eighteenth Century (University of Virginia Press, 2009), winner of the Walker Cowen Prize for an outstanding work of scholarship in eighteenth-century studies. At CRLT, her range of work includes consulting with faculty and GSIs about their teaching, managing the CRLT blog, and advising the CRLT Players as dramaturg.
Exectutive Director of CRLT
Matthew Kaplan was appointed as CRLT's Executive Director in 2015. He joined CRLT in 1994 and was Managing Director from 2007-2014 and Interim Director from 2014-2015. Matt leads new initiatives on teaching and learning and represents both CRLT and the broader University community on those topics. He also runs professional development programs for University of Michigan department chairs and associate deans, as well as international higher education leaders. He collaborates with the Artistic Director of the CRLT Players on theatre projects and with CRLT’s professional staff on meeting the needs of the university’s instructional community. Matt received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he worked at UNC’s Center for Teaching and Learning for three years before joining CRLT. He has published articles on the academic hiring process, the use of interactive theatre as a faculty development tool, and the evaluation of teaching, and he co-authored a chapter of McKeachie’s Teaching Tips on technology and teaching. He has co-edited The Scholarship of Multicultural Teaching and Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2007), a volume of New Directions for Teaching and Learning, and edited two volumes of To Improve the Academy (New Forums Press, 1998, 1999). With former Executive Director Connie Cook, Matt edited Advancing a Culture of Teaching on Campus: How a Teaching Center Can Make a Difference (Stylus Publishing, 2011), a book describing CRLT programs and strategies authored by them and their CRLT colleagues. He was a member of POD’s Core Committee from 1998 to 2001.