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AC 306 Phone: 765-285-8740
Department of Theatre and Dance
Arts and Communications Building, Room AC 306
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
Tracey Elaine Chessum (traceychessum.com) has taught theatre and music on all levels of education, winning awards for curriculum design and performance. She is equally active in the professional theatre realm, having worked as a director, producer, sound & projections designer, music director and conductor for a myriad of professional theatre companies around the country. She is currently the Founder and Associate Artistic Director of Pallas Theatre Collective (pallastheatre.org) in Washington, D.C. (a Helen Hayes Award-eligible company) where she spearheads the theatre's new musical theatre development arm. She is a member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.
Tracey holds a M.M. in performance from Azusa Pacific University, where she held conducting assistantship and studied with Duane Funderburk, David Hughes, and John Sutton of the Angeles Chorale. She recieved her M.A. in the humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills where her research focused on performances of women in Shakespearean film. Tracey did her doctoral work at the University of Maryland, where she studied with Heather Nathans and completed her dissertation on John Philip Sousa's comic operas. She has presented papers at national and international conferences, and recently published a chapter in Working in the Wings (ed. Osbourne, Woodworth) entitled: "Songs of Salaried Warriors: Copyright, Intellectual Property, and John Philip Sousa’s The Free Lance.” Tracey is the Treasurer of the American Theatre and Drama Society.
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