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Department of Communication & Theatre


Ronald Q. Frederickson

Ronald Q. Frederickson 

Professor of Theatre Arts, Emeritus

Dr. Ron Frederickson has been a member of the ESU theatre faculty since 1972, teaching a variety of performance courses including Acting, Interpretation, Voice and Diction and Stage Dialects. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Performance Studies from the University of Utah, where he taught courses for ten years. He has also taught at the University of Vermont. In addition to teaching, Ron has served as president of The Association of Kansas Theatre (AKT) and directed over 60 ESU theatre productions, including The Voice of the Prairie, which performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of the 25th American College Theatre Festival in 1993. Other directing credits include You Can't Take It With You, Fiddler on the Roof, The Abdication, Tartuffe, Romeo and Juliet, and Guys and Dolls. In 1996 he staged A. R. Gurney's Later Life for the Community Theatre of Emporia, and has also directed for community theatres in Salt Lake City and Topeka. His acting credits include "Cassius" in Julius Caesar, "Henry Higgins" in My Fair Lady, "Major General" in The Pirates of Penzance, "The Snake" in The Apple Tree, "Paul Verall" in Born Yesterday, "Matt Friedman" in Talley's Folly, "Lucien P. Smith" in The Boys Next Door, "H. C. Curry" in The Rainmaker, and "Emile de Becque" in South Pacific. In March, 1996, Ron was inducted into the Kansas Theatre Hall of Fame by the Association of Kansas Theatre in recognition of his career contributions to theatre in Kansas.