Director of Theatre Activities
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Library Arts 121 Ph: (949) 854-8002 ext: 1532
- The University of Illinois at Chicago, MA in Theatre, 1996
- Concordia University Chicago, BA in Education, focus: German and Communication/Theatre
Assistant to the Director of Development, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL, 1989-1990. English and German teacher & director in co-curricular Theatre program, Sheboygan Lutheran High School, Sheboygan, WI, 1990-1992. Assistant Professor of Communication/Theatre, Concordia University Chicago, 1994-2005. Concordia University Irvine since 2005.
Lori teaches theatre appreciation, acting, creative dramatics, and reader’s theatre. She directs mainstage productions, serves as a director for the ACTS drama ministry program, and she is the theatre department’s chair.
Recent highlights include two amazing trips:
In February 2010, The Foolish Proposal, a show that Lori and a group of students wrote/improvised in the style of Commedia del’ Arte, was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region VIII festival where it was received with standing ovations.
In July 2010, she served on the Mass Events Team for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s National Youth Gathering held at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA. Lori directed The Network, a drama performed in short segments each night of the gathering in front of 25,000 attendees.
Other favorite directing credits include: A Year with Frog and Toad, Godspell, Love Letters, The Good Doctor, The Crucible, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Kindertransport, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Rumplestiltskin.
Lori has performed in community theatre and summer stock productions. Favorite acting roles include Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, and Corrie in Barefoot in the Park.
Prior to her arrival at Concordia University Irvine, Lori taught and directed for 11 years at Concordia University Chicago, in the Art/Communication/Theatre Department.