Each year, the Arts and Humanities celebrates faculty who have been promoted recently to the rank of professor by asking each to present a public lecture on his/her body of research or creative activity.
After completing her MA in theatre, Maria Ignatieva worked for three years at the Ministry of Culture of the USSR, curating children and puppet theatres; after defending her dissertation, Ignatieva taught as an assistant professor at the Moscow Art Theatre School-Studio, in Moscow. Having moved to Ohio, she started working at the Ohio State-Lima in 1995, initiating the Program "Theatre for Young Audiences." In 1999, Ignatieva became an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 2005, and to the rank of professor in 2017. Ignatieva's research is in the history and contemporary Russian theatre. Her book, Stanislavsky and Female Actors, was published by the University Press of America in 2008; chapters on Stanislavsky, Anton Chekhov and Michael Chekhov appeared in Routledge anthologies between 2012 and 2016; her chapter about Russian female stage directors was published in an anthology International Female Stage Directors (University of Illinois, 2013). Ignatieva has over 40 publications of articles and essays; she presented papers in Australia, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Finland, Poland, and Croatia; she taught graduate seminars at the University of Helsinki (2001) and twice at the International Graduate School in Dubrovnik, Croatia (2014 and 2016). Ignatieva wrote 13 plays for Theatre for Young Audiences, all of which she directed herself at Ohio State-Lima. The video of the production of My Jewish Dreams was presented in Kassel, Germany, at the Arts and Humanity Conference in 2007. Ignatieva's play The Journey of a Duppy Boy was translated into Croatian. In 2014, Ignatieva was invited as a guest-artist at the University of Osijek, where she directed the play with the Croatian students-puppeteers. At Ohio State-Lima, besides teaching and directing in Lima’s BA program, she teaches courses on Russian culture and Russian film as an affiliate member of the Ohio State Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures.
Professor Jeanine Thompson is a performer, choreographer, director, teacher, and creator of new work. Since 1994, Thompson has been the movement specialist at Ohio State's Department of Theatre. Her areas of expertise are in modern dance, mime, acting, physical theatre techniques, and new works creation. Originally from Utah, Thompson's artistic studies began with, Virginia Tanner, the innovator of Utah Children's Dance Theatre. She went on to study both modern dance and theatre at the University of Utah, studied at the American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco and completed her BFA and MFA degrees at Ohio State's Department of Dance, with specializations in performance and choreography. Highlights of Thompson's professional career include: working closely with her mentor Marcel Marceau; being deeply influenced as a teacher and creator by director, Anne Bogart and the SITI Company; and collaborating and performing with longtime creative partner and Ohio State Professor Emeritus of Dance, John Giffin, with whom she has created multiple full-length performance works, and most recently performed their duet, The Dream Dancer, in Washington DC. Thompson has toured and conducted residencies nationally and internationally performing her solo and company works. At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, her solo show was considered, "One of the best shows to see." Marcel Marceau said of Thompson, "Her work in dance and mime is vital! Even her subtlest movements express the essence of thought and emotion."