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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 Cordinate 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