Ann Marie Costa Samuel E. & Mary West Thatcher Professor
- M.F.A. University of Pittsburgh
- B.F.A. Boston Conservatory of Music
I began teaching at Davidson in 1994 and am the Samuel and Mary E. Thatcher Professor of Theatre. I teach all levels of acting, directing, and devised theatre for the theatre department and I direct one production annually. My professional artistry is in theatre directing. I have served on numerous committees at Davidson including the Professional Affairs Committee, the Educational Policy Committee, the Admissions Committee, the Presidential Search Committee and the Honorary Degree Committee.
At Davidson, my directing highlights include Fiddler on the Roof, Pride and Prejudice, Tartuffe, In The Blood, Company, Summer and Smoke, Cabaret, Angels in America: Part I, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Six Degrees of Separation. My production of She Loves Me won the Metrolina Theatre Association "Best College Production" award.
I have directed professionally at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, the Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Festival Stage of Winston-Salem, Blowing Rock Theatre Company, Mill Mountain Theatre (Roanoke), Victory Gardens (Chicago), Theatre Factory (St. Louis), and Theatre Project (St. Louis). My professional directing highlights include In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Goat, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Rumors, Keep on the Sunny Side, Intimate Apparel, and Mrs. Klein. My production of Theresa Rebeck's The Scene at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte won 10 Metrolina Theatre Awards including outstanding direction and outstanding comedy. In June 2016, I directed Sarah Ruhl's Stage Kiss at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte.
I am an active member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and served on their governing council in the roles of strategic planning committee chair, the vice president of advocacy, the Rationales Task Force chair, and Directing Focus Group representative.
My honors and awards at Davidson beyond the Thatcher professorship consist of the Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching award, the SGA Faculty award, and the Boswell Fellowship.