Joelle Ré Arp-Dunham

InstructorJoelle Arp-Dunham

139 Nichols Hall


Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies; the University of Georgia.

M.F.A. in Dramatic Media with a Directing Emphasis; the University of Georgia.

B.F.A. in Acting; The Ohio State University


Joelle is a director, actor, intimacy choreographer and educator in both theatre and film. In addition to directing over 50 productions and teaching countless acting classes, she was the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of the professional nonprofit Circle Ensemble Theatre Company in Athens, Georgia from 2010-1019. Her current scholarly research applies concepts from behavioral neuroscience to Stanislavsky’s methodology and theories to give performance scholars a richer and more precise understanding of Stanislavsky’s work, while allowing teachers and directors to zero in on the techniques that are most likely to help them achieve their goals. Joelle is currently editing a book on the intersections of Stanislavsky’s theories and practices with intimacy protocols and choreography. She is a proud member of the SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society), the Directing Focus Group Representative for ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education), the Media Editor for the Stanislavski Studies Journal and on the editorial board of The Journal of Consent-Based Performance.


Favorite Quote:

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.—Maya Angelou

Arp-Dunham presents at Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference