Meet Our Faculty
Mark Rosenwinkel, Department Chair, Resident Director and Acting/Directing Professor
Mark Rosenwinkel?s professional acting career spans nearly three decades, and includes work with most of the major Twin Cities theatres, including the Guthrie and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, as well as the Asolo Theatre in Florida and the Illinois and Idaho Shakespeare festivals. A member of the Playwrights? Center, he has also been the recipient of numerous awards in playwriting, most notably the 2002 Writers? Digest Literary Award for Best Play (Sanctus). His play Wellstone!, based on the life of the late Minnesota Senator, premiered at History Theatre in St. Paul in 2006, and his recent adaptation of Lois Lowry?s novel, The Giver, recently premiered at Stages Theatre in Hopkins. A 1977 graduate of Concordia College, St. Paul, he holds an M.F.A. in theatre from the Asolo/FSU Conservatory for Actor Training in Sarasota, Florida. Professor Rosenwinkel performed in Pure Confidence in New York City this summer. This true story about a successful jockey in the years before the Civil War was originally produced at the Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis and was transferred to NYC as a part of the "America Off Broadway" series.
Jim Seemann, Resident Designer and Technical Theatre Professor
Jim Seemann, Ph.D., came to Concordia from Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked in professional scene shops as a designer, project manager, and charge scenic artist. He has participated in a variety of jobs with clients such as the Boston Ballet, the Boston Museum of Science, Polaroid, and Walt Disney Productions. Prior to that, he served at Theatre Memphis for nine years as a production manager and scenic designer, where he received eleven regional awards in over fifty plays. His educational experiences include teaching at Lincoln University, Viterbo College, the University of California at Irvine, the University of North Dakota, and the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. He majored in art at Valparaiso and received a Colloquy from Concordia River Forest.
Zachary Humes, Technical Director and Facilities Manager
Zachary Humes is a sound and lighting designer originally from Cleveland, Ohio, with a degree from Miami University of Ohio. He has designed regional and world premiere productions for Theatre de la Jeune Lune, La Jolla Playhouse, Mixed Blood Theatre, Brave New Workshop, Cleveland Public Theater, and for numerous unknown playwrights in small venues across Minneapolis.
Kay M. Robinson, Resident Costume Designer and Adjunct Professor
Kay M. Robinson started undergraduate school as a Home Economics and English major, but eventually figured out she belonged in Theatre, earning a Ph.D. in Theatre from Michigan State and an M.A. from the University of Illinois. Dr. Robinson has worked in many areas of theatre, directed dozens of shows and costumed more than 100, and has taught theatre at the university level for more than 30 years. Areas of special interest are costuming, Asian theatre, and theatre history. As well as designing for Concordia, Kay often costumes for other Minnesota theatres, including the Old Log Theater, the Jon Hassler Theater, and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse.
Jan Puffer, Resident Choreographer and Adjunct Dance Professor
Jan Puffer is a teacher, choreographer, and actress, recently cited by the 2008 City Pages as Best of the Twin Cities: Tap Dance With Jan Puffer and Best Community Education Class. Her choreographic work includes many productions at the History Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Old Log Theatre, Theatre L?Homme Dieu, Totem Pole Playhouse in Pennsylvania, Michigan?s Meadow Brook Theatre, Harrah?s Atlantic City, Caesar?s Palace Lake Tahoe, as well as the national tour of Little Shop of Horrors. She is currently a Guthrie Theatre Teaching Artist. As an actress, Jan has appeared at La Mama ETC., Ubu Repertory Theater, the Attic Theater, and locally at the History Theatre, Old Log Theatre,, and the Playwrights? Center. A graduate of the Academy of Dramatic Art, she also holds a B.F.A. in Dance from Florida State University.