Dr. Merchant teaches courses that provide scholarly background in the fields of theatre and performance theory, with a specialization in the teaching of theatre in educational settings such as schools, professional theatre conservatory programs, and ministry. At Cedarville University since 1986, Dr. Merchant teaches Dramaturgy, Playwriting, Directing II, Theatre History I and II, Stage Costume History, Arts Administration, Theatre for Young People, and The Arts and Social Change. In addition, Dr. Merchant advises senior theatre projects, supervises internships for theatre majors, and coordinates the high school theatre summer camp each June. She is active in ATHE, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, particularly in the focus groups for the New Play Development Program, Theatre and Social Change, Theatre as a Liberal Art, Directing, and Theatre Design and Technology. She frequently works as a practicing dramaturg for professional theatre and the New Play Development Program for ATHE, and presents at national conferences on topics related to arts in education.
Education and Credentials
Ph.D. in Education Theatre, The Ohio State University
Postgraduate study in Dramaturgy, Playwriting, and Directing, Kent State University.
B.A. in Speech and Speech Education, Cedarville College