ROE R. Cross Distinguished Professor

  • Ronald Q. Frederickson
  • Ronald Q. Frederickson

  • 1997 - Ronald Q. Frederickson

  • He is nicknamed “The Social Worker” and believes that some of the best learning happens outside the classroom.

    Former Emporia State University Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts, Dr. Ronald Q. Frederickson received his nickname because of his commitment to students.

    “I love turning students on to the arts,” said Frederickson, “and encourage them to find that much of our most cherished learning happens outside the classroom: in the theatre, the concert hall, the art gallery.”

    His feelings about learning outside the four walls of a typical classroom have to do with his love of the arts and wanting his students to meet their full potential.

    One colleague described him as a “demanding instructor, whose classroom demeanor is supportive and encouraging, while his expectations remain consistently high.”

    Frederickson taught at Emporia State from 1972 to 1999. He moved on to be an adjunct faculty member with the University of Utah Department of Theatre in 2001. He holds B.A. M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Performance Studies from the University of Utah, where he taught courses for 10 years. He has also taught at the University of Vermont.

    In addition to his numerous stage and film acting credits, Frederickson has directed more than 80 plays and musicals for regional and educational theatre including John Olive’s The Voice of the Prairie which was presented at the 25th Annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC., one of only 6 chosen for this honor from a national pool of more than 800. It played three performances at the Terrace Theatre in Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center.

    In 1994, Frederickson was named to the Kansas Theatre Hall of Fame for his career contributions to theatre in Kansas. He also received the Kansas Governor’s Educator Award (1998) and a Kennedy Center Medallion of  Excellence (1999). In 2002, Dr. Frederickson was honored at the dedication of the Ronald Q. Frederickson Studio Theatre on the Emporia State University campus.

    Frederickson’s work in film includes major supporting roles in The Darkling, a movie in 2000, when he played a character named Clive alongside Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham, Nina Siemaszko, and Aidan Gillen. In a 2004 episode of television series, Everwood, he appeared as a Juilliard judge with Treat Williams, Philip Baker Hall, and Betty White. Frederickson played Mr. Waverly in a 2007 TV episode of Humble Pie and then had a part as Father Reilly in the movie, Brothers Three: An American Gothic with Neal McDonough, Patrick Wilson, and Scott Michael Campbell.

    He also had roles in six Brigham Young University films, was cast as Ishmael, a major supporting role in Gary Rogers' Book of Mormon 2003 movie, and played the role of Satan in the original Temple film for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) Church.