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Michael Flowers

Michael Flowers

Professor of Theatre

Michael FlowersOffice:

College Theatre

Contact Information:

Birmingham-Southern College
Box 549026
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4784
Office Fax: (205) 226-3044

Brief Career Background:

Professor Flowers has been a member of the theatre faculty at Birmingham-Southern since 1984. He specializes in the areas of acting, stage combat, and musical theatre, and directs two productions each year in the theatre season. Professor Flowers' work as a director has been recognized on the local, regional, and national levels through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He is the recipient of the 2005 Richebourg Gaillard McWilliams Faculty Scholarship Award and the 2008 Exemplary Teaching Award, an honor bestowed on one faculty member each year by The General Board of Higher Education of The United Methodist Church.

Educational Background:

BFA, Arkansas State University, 1979
MFA, University of Mississippi, 1982

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Musical Theatre
  • Stage movement/combat

Courses Taught:

ThA 100 Introduction to Theatre (1)
An introduction to the understanding and appreciation of dramatic literature and theatre arts. Spring.

ThA 120 Beginning Acting (1)
An introduction to the craft of acting, including focus on clarity and creativity in communication and performance skills, and the development of character analysis skills. The course reflects a "learning by doing," "hands on" approach. Fall, Spring.

ThA 221 Stage Movement (½)
Techniques of stage movement, including body awareness, character physicalization, and unarmed combat. Spring.

ThA 320 Intermediate Acting (1)
Building a character in context and depth through improvisation and scene study. Prerequisites: ThA 120 and 220. Fall.

ThA 323 Musical Theatre I (1)
The study of musical theatre, approached through analysis, performance, and criticism. Prerequisite: consent. Fall.

ThA 324 Musical Theatre II (1)
Advanced scene study work in the techniques of musical theatre. Prerequisite: ThA 323 or consent. Spring.

ThA 403 Directing and Stage Management (1)
A study of the techniques of directing and stage management approached through practical projects and the staging of a one-act play (a Leadership Studies designated course). Prerequisite: consent. Spring.

ThA 499 Senior Project in Theatre (1)
Significant production responsibilities in the interim theatre performance, accompanied by a substantial paper evaluating the experience. Required for the theatre arts and musical theatre majors. Interim.