Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
DeMarcus Brown Studio Theatre Building, Room 5
PhD, University of Minnesota, 2007
MA, University of Minnesota, 2004
BA, Macalester College, 2001
Theatre making is an inherently social art form that requires experiential learning- learning by doing. As an instructor I provide opportunities for students to act, write, and create in informed, thoughtful, and innovative ways. I honor each student's individual interests, background, and abilities and provide a safe space for personal expression and development.
Theatre making is also inherently collaborative. As a class, we create a body of work (be it a compilation of scenes, scripts, or critical essays) that both build upon and reach beyond any one individual's previous capabilities.
In many of my courses, we also examine how theatre emerges out of specific time periods and cultures. By the end of these courses, students are able to articulate how theatre and performance can be used to reinforce, challenge, or modify specific societal expectations.
African American Theatre
Theatre for Social Justice
Theatre History and Criticism
Professor Mahala is the author of Penumbra: The Premier Stage for African American Drama, which received Honorable Mention for the 2014 Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship in African American Theatre Studies from the American Society of Theatre Research.
THEA 113 Theatre Heritage I: Ancient Theatre - 1800
THEA 115 Theatre Heritage II: 1800 - the Present
THEA 112 Playwriting
THEA 172 Directing
THEA 071 Beginning Acting
THEA 011 Introduction to Theatre
PACS I What is a Good Society?
PACS 2 Performing Civil Rights