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Brooke KienerBrooke Kiener

Associate Provost
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4657
Fax: 509.777.None listed
Office Location: McEachran Hall 220


M.F.A. Goddard College
M.A. New York University
B.A. Whitworth College

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Theatre directing and performance; applied and educational theatre; community engagement through theatre

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

In partnership with Spokane's Center for Justice, Kiener and 12 Whitworth students in the community-based theatre class researched law-enforcement issues and created an original show, Crossing the Line: An Investigation of the Police, Power and People, which they performed at CenterStage theatre (2008).

Director of mainstage productions Eurydice (2011), Museum (2009), Antigone (2007) and Our Town (2005) at Whitworth; played the role of Cindy in the Indie feature film, Perfect 10, that premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival (2009); directed Sylvia for the Spokane Civic Theatre (2010); directed a staged reading of Lost Children for the 2007 Spokane Civic Theatre Playwrights Forum Festival; directed the premiere of Sonnet 23 for the 2006 festival. Artistic director of THE CREW, Spokane Public School District 81 (2002-04); organized a Theatre for Social Justice Institute that culminated in a new script addressing socio-economic discrimination in Spokane (2004).   

Presentations include: "Micro-granting Models for Artist Organizations" at Goddard College, Port Townsend, Wash. (2011); "What's in  Meal?: The Life Cycle of a Community-Based Performance Project," at Goddard College, Port Townsend, Wash. (2010); "Practicing Hospitality in Community-based Theatre Projects," as part of the Emerging Scholars Debut Panel, Religion and Theatre Focus Group, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, (2008).

Wrote an article, "Investigating Authority and Defining Difference: Radical Hospitality in Community-Based Theatre Projects,” in Journal of Religion and Theatre (2008).

Performed the role of Elizabeth in the premier production of Dusk at Spokane Civic Theatre (2007); author and director of drama portion of Experience Stigma presentation commissioned by World Vision that was performed at Whitworth and at various colleges during the 07-08 school year. Lead role in The Choke, a feature film by North by Northwest (2004).

Received the Whitworth Innovative Teaching Award (2009); received the Whitworth Outstanding Adjunct Award (2004), and an Equity Award and a Chase Youth Award for THE CREW (2003).   

Serves as vice chair of the Spokane Arts Commission (April 2008-present). As a graduate-student assistant at New York University, worked with students in Looking for Shakespeare program (an inner-city, high-school drama program that culminated in a production of Shakespeare's Cymbeline) and developed drama workshops during a Youth Theatre in Ireland course in Cork, Ireland (2002). Assistant director of The Awful Rowing Towards God, Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, New York, NY (2002).