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Bud Coleman

Director, CU in D.C. Program
Professor, Theatre
Address: 261 UCB, Rm. C238 University Theatre Bldg.
Phone: 303-492-5809

Bud Coleman, Ph.D. in Theatre History/Criticism, University of Texas-Austin; MFA in Theatre: Directing, University of Utah; BFA in Theatre Arts, Texas Christian University. Professor, Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance.  CU faculty member since 1993.

Previously Adjunct Faculty, Department of Theatre, St. Edward’s University, 1990-1992; Dancer/Choreographer/Co-Artistic Director with Kinesis Modern Dance Company, 1989-1993; Assistant Instructor, Department of Theatre & Dance, University of Texas-Austin, 1988-1993; Wardrobe Supervisor, Dresser and Buyer for 10 Broadway productions and tours, 1982-1988; Comprimario Dresser, New York City Opera, 1980-1981; Dancer, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, 1978-1979.

CU directing and choreographing credits include Rent, Seussical, 14 (KC/ACTF Regional Selection), 2015 New Opera Workshop, Pippin, Wonderful Town, Songs in the Key of…Caffeine, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Shakespeare’s Women, Six Degrees of Separation, Turkey!!!, Hair, Lysistrata, A Grand Night for Singing, and Dames at Sea.

Professional credits include directing/choreographic The Producers and Little Shop of Horrors for the Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, WA,  writing and performing a one-man show An Evening’s Intercourse With Natasha Notgoudenuff, Bailiwick Theatre, Chicago, and directing and/or choreographing The Mikado, Angry Housewives, Chicago, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Into the Woods in Austin, TX.

Recent publications include:

  • Coleman and Pamyla Stiehl’s Back Stage Pass:  A Survey of American Musical Theatre (Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2013)
  • “’Give Us More to See’ – The Visual Worlds of Stephen Sondheim” in The Oxford Handbook to Sondheim Studies (2013)
  • “Helburn, Dalrymple, and Lortel:  A Triumvirate of Great Producers” in Women in American Musical Theatre:  Essays on Lyricists, Writers, Arrangers, Choreographers, Designers, Producers, and Performance Artists, Eds. Judith Sebesta and Bud Coleman (McFarland and Company, Inc., 2008)
  • “New Horizons:  the musical at the dawn of the twenty-first century,” The Cambridge Companion to the Musical, 2nd ed. (2008)

Serena Leland

Program Director, CU in D.C. Program
Address: 271 UCB, Rm. 2, 1416 Broadway
Phone: 303-492-0576

Serena Leland has lived in Boulder for the past 13 years.  She grew up in the New York metropolitan area, and prior to moving to Colorado, spent 7 years living, studying, and working in Washington D.C.  Serena is passionate about working with students and providing them with powerful and transformational learning experiences.  She believes Washington D.C. is a smart, dynamic, and interesting city, and that it is the perfect professional training ground for CU students.  She enjoys providing students with the opportunity to grow personally, professionally, and academically through their participation in the CU in D.C. program.

Serena earned a master’s degree in International Development and graduated summa cum laude from American University’s School of International Service in Washington D.C.  She also has a bachelor’s degree in English and a secondary education teaching certificate.  Over the past 20 years, Serena’s professional life has had a strong emphasis on social justice issues and she has been involved in the field of education in numerous capacities.  Some of her professional experiences include: serving as a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Kenya; working for a scholarship program at Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education & Development; working as a Senior Research Analyst for USAID; managing a study abroad program to India; interning for the training division of a gender equity nonprofit in Washington D.C.; serving as a board member and as the Education Committee Chairperson for a Boulder refugee nonprofit; and working as a teacher and trainer in a variety of contexts.

Serena brings substantial experience and strengths to the CU in D.C. Program.  She is a natural people person; is highly organized and creative; has a good sense of humor; and has a curious and analytical mind.  Outside of her professional life, she enjoys the outdoors, hiking, knitting, going to flea markets, playing with the family dog, and spending time with her children.

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