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Janet Gupton

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Janet Gupton
Associate Professor, Director of Theatre Arts Program, Resident Director

Ford Hall T108


Dr. Janet Gupton is the director of theatre and resident director. She teaches Beginning Acting, Intermediate Acting, Topics in Performance, Directing, Advanced Directing, and Theatre Business and Promotions. Her most recent directing credits include The Eumenides, Cabaret the Musical, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, Silent Sky and Ada And The Engine. She is an active member of Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and has received numerous certificates of merits for her direction of shows. Most recently, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom by Jennifer Haley was chosen from the region to be presented at the Regional Festival.

Dr. Gupton received her law degree and undergraduate degree in political science from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She practiced law for three years in North Carolina before heading back to school to obtain her master’s and doctorate in theatre from the University of Oregon.


  • B.A., Wake Forest University
  • J.D., Wake Forest University
  • M.S., University of Oregon
  • Ph.D., University of Oregon

Academic interests:

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Theatre history
  • Feminist approaches to theatre and directing
  • Non-Western theatre


  • "Infusing Asian Theatre into the Undergraduate Theatre History Class" Northwest Drama Review, 2006.
  • "Un-ruling the Woman: Comedy and the Plays of Beth Henly & Rebecca Gilman." edited by Robert L. McDonald & Linda Rohrer Paige (2002)
  • "Gogging: A Model for Theatre Pedagogy," co-authored with Robert Barton, Theatre Topics (Sept. 2000)