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Arts and Humanities


The course offerings in the Arts and Humanities Department have these objectives: 1) to provide students with the basic courses in Art, Music, Theatre, and Communications which are prerequisite to more advanced study in these fields; 2) to contribute toward requirements of public school teachers; 3) to increase students appreciation and enjoyment of the arts in all their forms; 4) to provide opportunities for self-expression and artistic development; and, 5) to develop skills which may have either vocational or avocational application. 
Students should choose electives in consultation with their academic adviser and based on the catalog of the college/university to which they plan to transfer. 

Faculty Members

Susan Pfau Yeager (Chair) - Musical Theatre, Voice, Performance Ensemble

Susan Pfau Yeager has been performing professionally for over 20 years all over the world. She toured extensively in Europe as Christine in Phantom and in Canada as a soloist in Andrew Lloyd Weber: Music of the Night. Here, in the States, Susan has been seen in such shows as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (NY Workshop), A Little Night Music, Forbidden Broadway, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Du Barry was a Lady(Broadway), Hot n’ Cole, and Candide to name a few. She appeared in Tiptoes as part of the Gershwin Celebration at Carnegie Hall and in Stephen Schwartz’ Children of Eden (She is featured on the cast recording). Other recordings include Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Yuletide Recording 2004 with Sandi Patty and Daniel Rodriguez as well as Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs. Susan was noted in The New York Times for her performance in Gay Divorce at Carnegie Hall and for her “strong portrayal of Bathsheba” in The Eternal Road at Avery Fisher Hall. Since moving to Ardmore, Susan has been busy directing for Ardmore Little Theatre. Her directing credits include Spamalot, Young Frankenstein, 9 to 5, Bye Bye Birdie, Jekyll & Hyde, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and Cinderella. She was the music director for Hairspray and Evita. Susan also co-directed Music Man, Into the Woods and Fiddler On the Roof at Dickson Summer Community Theatre. In April 2013, she created Noel Productions, Inc. a professional theatre company in Ardmore. Through Noel Productions, Inc., Susan produced, wrote, directed and performed in Noël: A Celebration of Christmas 2013 as well as The Life That Late I Led - A One Woman Show about her life and career in Show business. She is the owner of Susan Pfau Yeager Studios, in the Ardmoreite Building, where she was teaching masterclasses, voice lessons and acting class before she was hired by Murray State College as the Chair of the Arts and Humanities Department. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree at Arizona State University, and her Master of Music Degree and Artist Diploma at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Susan is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.  

D. Alan Burris - Art  

Lisa Coulter - Theatre, Speech, Humanities

Professor Lisa Coulter comes to Murray State College from her home state of Kansas. She graduated from Kansas State University with her Master’s Degree in Speech and Theatre and has post graduate hours from there as well. Her Bachelor’s Degree is from Fort Hays State University in Elementary Education, and she also attended and graduated with an Associate’s of Arts Degree from Colby Community College. Lisa has been a faculty member of Murray State since 1991 teaching many classes including Composition I and II, Speech, Introduction to Theatre, Acting, Creative Dramatics, and Humanities. She was department chair of the Language and Fine Arts Departments for 7 years of her tenure.  Lisa has directed every play Murray has produced since 1991 for a total of almost 50 plays. She believes it is important to do a wide variety of plays and musicals so that a student can get a taste of different genres; therefore, she produces comedies, dramas, children’s plays, and musicals. The department has put on plays such as “Treasure Island”, “Doll’s House”, “Once Upon a Mattress”, “The Crucible”, “Proposals”, “Aladdin”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, and many more. Lisa is the sponsor of Characters’ Club and Delta Psi Omega (the national drama fraternity) on campus. The club and department have hosted haunted houses and dinner theatres and gone on several club trips over the years. Lisa’s husband, Charles (Chuck) teaches adjunct for Murray in Humanities and the stage crafting classes as well as working full-time for INCA. He and his stage crafting classes build the sets for the productions, and just last semester built a ship in Fletcher Auditorium for “Treasure Island”. Chuck and Lisa have two teenage boys, Christopher and Michael. Chris is a freshman at East Central studying music and Michael is a sophomore in high school in Tishomingo.  In her spare time, Lisa enjoys traveling, backpacking and canoeing, kayaking, gardening and canning. 

Adjunct Faculty Members

Aaron Beshears - Humanities

A.Beshears was born and raised in Oklahoma. He graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK with a Bachelor of Arts in English Education. He then pursued and obtained a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. While pursuing his degrees he taught numerous English courses at the college level. He currently works full-time as a high school English teacher. Aside from teaching, he enjoys writing, taking in basketball games, and spending time with friends and family.

L. Fred Collins - Speech, Communications

Charles Coulter - Stagecraft, Humanities

Ginger Cothran - Communications, Humanities

Amy Gantt - Art Appreciation

Amy Gantt has been teaching at Murray State College since the summer 2006 semester.  She earned a BFA at the University of North Texas and MFA at Texas Woman's University. Her other job is working for the Chickasaw Nation. She has been with the Chickasaw Nation for 11 years. Amy is also an adjunct instructor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Yoon Kim - Humanities

Yoon Sik Kim was born in South Korea and served as an officer in the Republic of Korea Air Force for five years before he came to America. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and his Ph. D. from Oklahoma State University, specializing in Ezra Pound and Modern Poetry. Having taught for more than 30 years at the college level, he now teaches full-time while sharpening the blade of his word-smithing. His debut collection of poetry, Broken Mirrors, was published by New York Quarterly Books in November 2012. His poetry has been published in many literary journals including: Green Mountain Review, Chants, Midland Review, Pleaides, Black Bough, Voices International, Rhino, and mostly The New York Quarterly. Married to an Okie, he homesteads in the outback of Oklahoma, where he lives with his wife, children, horses, and honeybees on a farm. Click here to read 3 of Dr. Kim's poems and an interview by The Toronto Quarterly  

   Tanya Lowrance - Art Appreciation, Drawing I & II

Lisa Riggle - Music Appreciation

Mary Rixen - Ceramics

Thelesa Taylor - Music Appreciation

Deborah Wolfe - Humanities 

Dr. Ed Woode - Humanities

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