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Patricia Downey

Patricia Downey
Associate Professor
Theatre, College of Fine Arts
UFA Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts 188
Phone: 605-677-5742
I was born and raised in Missouri. I am the Coordinator of Dance Studies and teach the dance curriculm within the Musical Theatre Program and Dance Minor at the University of South Dakota. My family resides in Missouri.
Teaching Interests:
Dance, Movement, ftiness, habits of mind, liberal education, dual functiion of content, choreography, neuroscience of learning
Research Interests:
Script analysis, dance and movement theory, development of intelectual character, and pedagogies supporting the dual function of content.
  • Ph D, Theatre, University of Missouri, 2013
  • Certification, Stott Pilates, 2000
  • MA, Dance, The Ohio State University, 1983
  • MA, Theatre, Central Missouri State University, 1976
  • BS, Theatre and Speech, Missouri Western State University, 1975
  • Downey, P., An Exploratory and Descriptive Inquiry into the Relationship between the Goals of General Education and the Disciplinary Content in Acting for Non-majors coourses in Colleges and Universities in the United States. .
Awards and Honors:
  • Belbas Larson Award for Teaching Excellence, Student nominated, 2014
  • Chairperson, Council for Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship, 2012