Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Communication/Performance studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2004
  • M.A., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2001
  • B.A., Division II: Film, Video and Music, Hampshire College, 1995  

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education, (ATHE)
  • Dramatists Guild of America
  • International Federation of Theatre Research, (IFTR)
  • Rocky Mountain Communication Association, (RMCA)
  • Western States Communication Association, (WSCA)

Research & Scholarship

Recent Publications

Karson, M., & Goodwin, J. (2016) Sketch comedy on diversity issues at APA. The Colorado Psychologist, 44(5), 7-8.

Karson, M., & Goodwin, J. (2016) Making the Invisible Risible: Sketch comedy as a basis for difficult dialogues. Practice Innovations, 1, 1-15. DOI: 10.1037/pri0000013.

Performing arts and community exchange. With Amie Dowling. Chapter in Service-Learning and Civic Engagement: A Sourcebook. Sage Publications. (2014).

Performing arts and community exchange (PACE) and the fulfillment of the Jesuit educational promise. First author with Amie Dowling. Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, Vol 1, No 1 (2012).

Critical thinking. In N. Salkind (ed.). Second author with Michael Karson. Encyclopedia of research design. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Theater, artful inquiry and public purpose: Communicating deeply important stories and helping
to make them relevant. In Foreman-Wernet, L. and Dervin, B. Audiences and the Arts:
Communication Perspectives. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Recent Presentations

Making the Invisible Risible. American Psychological Association annual conference. Denver, CO (2016)

Guest lecturer on comedy and performance psychology. Sports and Performance Program, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver, CO (2016)

Embracing the Performance Classroom: Performing to Reach Greater Audiences. Panel, 101st Annual Convention, National Communication Association. Las Vegas, NV (2015)

Sketch Comedy as a Basis for Difficult Dialogues. Social Justice Training in Professional Psychology: Promoting Vision and Action. National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology. New Orleans

How ought we to laugh? Sketch comedy, diversity & dialogue on campus. All the Things We Are Diversity Conference, Regis University, Denver, CO.

The House Not Touched by Death. Play; panel discussion about theatre and health care. Performing the World International Conference, New York, NY.

Face: Online, live and immediate theatre for teens in a wireless world. Round table/workshop. Performing the World International Conference, New York, NY.

Face: Online, live and immediate theatre for teens in a wireless world. Preconference session. Dramatic Change: An Anti-Bullying Initiative. American Alliance for Theatre Education National Conference, Lexington, KY.

Activating the campus: Can performance make a difference? Panel session. Theatre Alive: Theater, Media, and Survival:24th Annual Association for Theatre in Higher Education National Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Bringing light to the darkness where the worst of us are kept: Using theatre to connect to correctional institutions. Panel presentation. Theatre Alive: Theater, Media, and Survival:24th Annual Association for Theatre in Higher Education National Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Guest lecturer on performance theory. Sports and Performance Program, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver, CO.

Grants & Awards

  • Rehearsal Residency, Nantucket Island School of Art and Design (NISDA) (2016)

  • Resistance to Resource: Practical Strategies for Gender Pedagogy. Panel, 100th Annual Convention, National Communication Association. Chicago, IL (2014)
  • University Research and Scholarship Council/Faculty Research and Scholarship Grant
  • Regis University faculty publication grant
  • Faculty Development Committee Large Summer Grant
  • Case Foundation Make It Your Own! Award for project Five Two Eight O

Community Involvment & Service


2004-Present Advise undergraduate students, both Communication majors and entering freshmen - on course selection & programmatic decisions. Mentor, listen, help to reframe when appropriate, and provide information about support services available to students who need more than academic advising

2008-2012 Founded and advised student sketch, comedy improvisation and dialogue ensemble

Additional Service

2016-2017 Planner/faculty leader, Chaffee Park (Stories, arts and dialogue) Project in collaboration with Cultivate Health, ICG, Chaffee Park RNO and Regis faclty and students

2015-2017 Regis Anchor Institution Faculty Liaison

2014-2015 Faculty Senate

2013-2016 Academic Planning and Policy Council (APPC)

2012-2013 Communication Department chair

2012-2013 Communication Department search committee chair

2012-2013 Founder, convener of Regis Performance Alliance and administrator of social media page

2012-2013 Administrator, Communication Department social media page

2012 Faculty Development committee substitute member

2008 Campus Facilities working group member

2007 English Department search committee member

Fall 2007 Produced campus colloquium on difference

Spring 2007 Within context of community-based learning in upper division dialogue class, produced campus-wide dialogues on race and racism in collaboration with Diversity Office

    Facilitated a collaboration between Regis and director Angela Astle to produce Dead Man

    Walking at the Denver Victorian Theatre. Regis students participated as actors or production assistants, and Regis classes attended

    Within context of community-based learning in undergraduate Honors speech communication course, evaluated, revised and produced content for ACEC website and community brochure

2006-2012 Created, produced and facilitated many campus dialogues on diversity

Fall/06 Within context of community-based learning in undergraduate Honors speech communication course, produced a documentary video for the Adams County Educational Consortium (ACEC) on their activities, specifically their Career Expo for 8th graders. The video is used by ACEC to communicate ACEC’s mission to middle school and high school teachers and students, parents and community

2005-2008 Participated on campus Strategic Planning committees

2005-2008 Budget and Facilities committee (also committee liaison to Board of Trustees)

2004-2006 Co-coordinated and co-produced faculty Speaker Series

2004-2013 Incorporate service learning and community-based inquiry into courses

2004-2013 Serve as Director of Com 210 (Public Speaking) course; oversee and supervise course, produce semi-annual Student Speaker Showcase; develop and oversee curriculum, promote course revisions and manage course relationship to Regis core

Professional Activity 

2009 Facilitator. Network of Ensemble Theatres Summit: Discussion of Fuku Americanus. San Francisco, CA

2008 Planning Committee for the (2008) Western States Communication Association conference

2008 Western States Communication Association conference. Facilitated a Community Roundtable during the opening event, where communication scholars offered pro bono consultation to local nonprofits. Broomfield, CO

2008 Represented Ko Theatre Works at the Network of Ensemble Theatres Gathering in New Orleans, LA

2008 Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference in Denver, CO

2007 Wrote the Western States Communication Association’s (WSCA) Colorado promotional production

2007 Planning committee, Rocky Mountain Communication Association (RMCA) annual conference, hosted by Regis, Denver

2005 WSCA annual conference. Chaired panel for Undergraduate Scholars Research Preconference. Palm Springs, CA

2005 Member of the 5-person consulting team from DramaWorks, Inc. for Oxford Biosciences. Cape Cod, MA

Creative Work

Plays and other work (original solo or collaboratively-developed scripts and productions)

2016 You Are Reminded That Your Safety is Your Own Responsibility. Solo show. (Writer, performer) United Solo Theatre Festival. Theatre Row, New York, NY.; VooDoo Comedy Playhouse, Denver, CO. and The Marsh Theatre, San Francisco, CA

2015 Origins: Discovering Self-Identity. Collaboratively-developed piece with Regis students, directed by Daniel Valdez

2012 Face: Online, live and immediate theatre for teens in a wireless world. A collaboration with Modern Muse Theatre. (Created, developed, wrote)

2011 LaughingStock. Full length play. (Wrote, with Ethan Karson)

2007 Just Pretend Everything is Perfectly Normal. Evening of original work. (Wrote, directed, performed). Playwright Theatre, Denver, CO

2006 Pointers. One act play. (Wrote, directed, performed). Opened at Ko Festival of Performance

2006 Scenes from TransContinental. Unnamed character. Experimental video. Wendy Woodson

2005 Lenore-Nerve. Self. Experimental video. Wendy Woodson

2006 If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now. One act play. (Wrote, directed, performed). Workshop performances UMass, Amherst; Ko Festival of Performance. Directed by Sheila Siragusa

2000 The House Not Touched By Death. Full length musical. (Wrote, directed, performed with Pilgrim Theatre). Boston, MA. Sponsored by Hospice of New England on tour. Directed by Kim Mancuso

1995-96 Before You Go; Horses and La Chair (Flesh). Three short pieces. (Wrote, directed, performed). National Shakespeare Conservatory, New York; The Colorado Shakespeare Festival AIDS Cabaret

1992 Serving Time. Full length play created from real letters between an American woman and an Algerian bank robber imprisoned in France. (Collected, edited, translated from French; performed). Ko Festival of Performance. Directed by Sabrina Hamilton

1992 The Third Day. (Performed; created sound score) Experimental video. Wendy Woodson

1991 A Little Café On Watercourse Way. Full length play. (Wrote, directed, performed). National Shakespeare Conservatory, New York

Directing (Theatre, documentary and experimental video)

2010 Those Whose Arms Are Open (Created and directed with students of Denver Venture Charter School, Regis students and kocoloco community-based arts)

2006 Mothers Day. One act play. (Wrote, directed). Public reading. Ko Festival of Performance (2006)

2004 Space is Destiny. A video argument for innovative learning spaces at Regis University.

2001 Keeping a Breast. One woman performance about seeking treatment for cancer. by B.J. Goodwin. Ko Festival of Performance; New England tour

1998 Eve. One woman performance by Lesley Farlow. Thorne’s Marketplace, Northampton, MA

1997 Undiscovered Country. Colorado Shakespeare Festival New Works Series.

1994 Treating Me. Video about health care providers and women living with HIV/AIDS. Dist. by New England AIDS Education & Training Center.

1994 Karaoke Night (with Andrew Martin). Center for Human Resources Development

1991 Improvisation and comedy. Various locations, Amherst and Northampton, MA

1991 The Dream. Theater/puppetry, Peter Lobdell. Eugene O’Neill Center

1985 Killing Andrea. Full length comedy. Denver Theater Project

Composing: Sample commissioned music and sound scores for theater, dance, and video

2001 Dig. Theater/movement/video work by Wendy Woodson, Amherst College

1996 Othello. Directed by Lynn Nichols. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival

1995 The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Directed by Lynn Nichols. University of Colorado

1994 The Bakkhai. University of Massachusetts

1994 Whose Home? video by Ellen Kaplan. Smith College

1993 Octet. Theater/dance work by Wendy Woodson

1992 Trout. Video by Wendy Woodson