SHEILAH PHILIP, professor emeritus, retired from full-time teaching in May 2013, but continues to teach for JCCC’s theatre department, as she has since 1989. She has an MS in Communication/Theatre from Ft. Hays State University and earned an MFA in stage directing from UM-KC in 1983. Her teaching career has spanned more than 30 years.
She has worked at the Oklahoma Theatre Center, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Topeka Civic Theatre, and Westport Center for the Arts. She also teaches acting classes at Hoffman International. Among her favored directing assignments at JCCC are productions of Medea, Boys' Life, Stop Kiss, and Windswept Blossoms, a Chinese play in translation. She has an avid interest in international education and international theatre, and frequently leads or co-leads study abroad trips to Asia and Russia. She is a fellow of the National Institute for Leadership Development and participated in the University of Pennsylvania's Japan Studies Seminar in 2003. In addition to theatre courses, she teaches Intro. to Japanese Culture for the JCCC Humanities program.