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Dr Marilyn A Hetzel

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Personal Biography Statement

Dr. Marilyn A. Hetzel (known as Cookie) is the Chair of Theatre and a Full Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is also a voice/performance workshop leader (associated for eighteen years with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts); a theatre director and choreographer (with specialties in music theatre, developing original scripts with actor collaboration, and touring theatre); a theatre and communication consultant; and a performer with over forty years of experience.

She earned her B.A. in Speech Education from the University of Illinois Ė Champaign/Urbana and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Communication and Theatre from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She has taught at the Universities of Colorado, Wisconsin, Denver, and Pittsburgh (Semester at Sea), and at the DCPAís National Theatre Conservatory.

In 1992, she traveled to Prague, Moscow, and Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) as an Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) delegation member sponsored by the People to People Citizenís Ambassadors Program. In September 1994, the Alliance for Colorado Theatre (ACT) named her the Higher Education Theatre Educator of the Year. In 1999, she received the Metropolitan State University of Denver's GLBT Ally of the Year Award. In 2008, she received the Presidentís Distinguished Service Award for 2008-2009. During the summers in 1997, 1998, and 2000 she worked as a guest artist in the U.S. Territory of Guam developing new touring plays that address pertinent social issues. She regularly conducts workshops and gives presentations at regional, national, and international conferences.


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Courses Taught


Office Hours

Monday - [12:00 to 02:00]
Tuesday - [11:00 to 01:00]
Wednesday - [12:00 to 01:00]

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Current Semester Schedule

42145 THE-3980-001 Prof Internship: Theatre TBA TBA-TBA

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