Department of Music & Theatre
Dr. David K. Ruebhausen, Associate Professordruebhausen@una.edu
UNA Box 5040
201 Norton Auditorium
Florence, AL 35632-0001
B.A., William Jewell College, Kansas City;
M.A., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis;
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Dr. Ruebhausen began his theatrical career in the Kansas City area working as the Student Technical Director for William Jewell College Theatre and acting in such productions as Marat/Sade, The Importance of Being Earnest, Romeo and Juliet, andThe Insect Comedy. While there, he also performed walk-on rolls with visiting groups such as the Acting Company and the Houston Ballet, working with such directors as Robert Brustein (American Rep) and Tomas MacAnna (Abbey Theatre). While completing graduate work in Minneapolis, Dr. Ruebhausen served as Theatre Instructor and as the Managing Director for the University of Minnesota Theatre and Minnesota Centennial Showboat. While in the Twin Cities, he directed and/or designed for such productions as Children of a Lesser God, The Bourgeois Gentleman, Ghosts, Arms and The Man and Beyond Therapy. Currently, Dr. Ruebhausen serves as the senior faculty member and contact person for UNA Theatre, teaching courses in design, directing, history, dramatic theory and literature, and arts management. Most recently at UNA, Dr. Ruebhausen has directed and/or designed such productions as The Man of La Mancha, Dracula, Noises Off, The Tempest, Guys and Dolls, Playboy of the Western World, Lysistrata, Candida, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Once Upon a Mattress, The Rocky Horror Show, The Shadow Box, R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robot), The Little Prince, The Mousetrap, The Glass Menagerie, Tartuffe, and Oedipus/Antigone for which he received an Excellence in Design award from the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival. He has also designed Shoals community theatre shows such as: Fame & Assassins and is the scenic designer for The Miracle Worker produced at the Ivy Green Amphitheater at the Helen Keller Birthplace. When not teaching or producing theatre, Dr. Ruebhausen adjudicates performances and pursues his research in theatrical accessibility for artists and audiences with disabilities. His professional memberships include the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Phi Epsilon Society, National Mortar Board and Alpha Psi Omega.
Professor Charlton James, Assistant Professorcjames@una.edu
UNA Box 5040
116C Norton Auditorium
Florence, AL 35632-0001
B.F.A. (Acting) University of Utah;
M.F.A. (Acting), Alabama Shakespeare Festival / University of Alabama
During and after his graduate training, Mr. James has worked as a professional actor in numerous theaters across the country. Some of these include The Shakespeare Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage, Capitol Theater, Pioneer Memorial Theater, Salt Lake Shakespeare and the Utah Greek Festival. He has played such roles as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Shannon in The Night of the Iguana, The Visitor (Elvis) in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Sylvius in As You Like It, Paul in A Lesson Before Dying, King Ferdinand in Loves Labours Lost, Eddie in Fool for Love and Lee in True West. On television, Mr. James has also been featured as an actor on The Guiding Light and Touched by an Angel. Mr. James started his UNA teaching career as an adjunct professor before being hired full-time. Since arriving at UNA, Mr. James has played Creon in Antigone and directed Don't Drink the Water. He also worked with the new UNA Summer Theatre Festival, acting with fellow AEA actors as well as student and non-union actors in Stand By Your Man. His other directing credits include The Man Who Climbed the Pecan Trees, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Pinnochio. Mr. James is an active member of Actors Equity Association and teaches in the areas of stage and camera acting as well as voice, movement and Introduction to Theatre. He is also a member of Alpha Psi Omega.