Michael J. Vetere III received his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Illinois State University, a Masters of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) from Virginia Commonwealth University in Theatre Pedagogy, and his Bachelors of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) from West Virginia University in Creative Dramatics, Puppetry, and Youth Theatre. He taught and directed creative dramatics and puppetry programs in West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the DC area.
Several of Michael's performing and teaching credits include The Puppet Co., Spectrum Puppets, Suspended Belief Theatre, and Milwaukee Rep. He has trained at the Sandglass Theatre Puppet Intensive, Marlboro, VT; Banff Puppetry Intensive with Olde Trout Puppet Theatre, Banff, AB; and with Puppetry in Prague Workshop, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Vetere is a published author and has presented at state, regional, and national conferences on various topics including puppetry in education, creative dramatics, and arts integration. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Creative Drama and Puppetry at Illinois State University and coordinates a Saturday program for youth grades K-6.
Samantha Maggio Creative drama and puppetry practitioner, Maggio also holds a fine arts degree from Naropa University. She taught children art and drama for over 20 years and values the art of play, curiosity, and understanding in all of her teachings. Samantha currently constructs and performs puppets for Suspended Belief Theatre, LLC in Bloomington.
Cierra Dunham A creative drama major and enjoys teaching kids of all ages to love learning and the theatrical arts. She enjoys getting involved in the local community, and spending time with her family and friends. She looks forward to teaching Creative Drama this semester.
Brooke Moonan A seasoned creative drama teacher and holds a degree in elementary teaching from Illinois State University. She is always eager to learn from her students as well as challenge their creativity and imagination through problem solving and critical thinking.