Professor of Acting

Current Positions

Adjunct Faculty at Washington Adventist University Honors College,

Maryland, MD.

January 2021

Adjunct Lecturer at Theater, Speech and Dance, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.

January 2018-present

Assistant Professor at Theater and Dance, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA.

August 2019-present


University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. M.F.A. Theatre - Acting

Greensboro College. B.A. Drama

Berkshire Theater Festival. Actor Apprentice.  Trained in Suzuki method.

De Montfort University, Bedford United Kingdom. Higher National Diploma in Physical Theater

Academic Appointments

Spring 2018 - present - The College of William and Mary. Department of Theater, Speech and Dance. Teaching Beginning and Intermediate Acting. 

Fall 2019 - Christopher Newport University, Department of Theater and Dance. Teaching Dramatic Impulse - An Introduction to Dramatic Styles and Beginning Acting.

Courses Taught

Christopher Newport University, Assistant Professor. Department of Theater and Dance

THEA 210: Dramatic Impulse Fall 2019, Spring 2020

What distinguishes the drama from all other genres of imaginative writing? In its long evolution the drama has provided a stage for religious celebration, civic debate, social propaganda, moral persuasion and artistic storytelling in a rich range of styles. Through close reading of representative plays students will develop and practice skills in critical reading, thinking and writing.

THEA 232: Beginning Acting, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

The College of William and Mary, Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance

THEA 201: Acting I. Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021

An introduction to the art and craft of acting. Development of vocal, physical, and improvisational skills through active exercises, play readings, and a rigorous approach to scene and character analysis for individuals and small groups.

THEA 302: Acting 2. Spring 2019. Spring 2022

Concentration on the development of performance skills and the use of the dramatic imagination through character studies and preparation of scenes and monologues from the modern theatre for classroom presentation.

Washington Adventist University, Adjunct Faculty, Honors College   


Design and develop a new course to excite honors college students during their Spring semester of study. Reading, analysis, introducing acting techniques and direct actors to perform full length plays for end of semester performance

Teaching & Research Interests

Classical & Contemporary Acting: Specialized in Meisner and Adler, Voice : Linklater and Berry, Audition Techniques and Physical Theater : Contact Improvisation, Laban, Viewpoints and Michael Chekhov.

© 2019 by Frances Saxton