Cynthia SoRelle

Dramaturg, Theatre History, Voice for the Actor

Dr. Cynthia M. SoRelle currently serves as the McLennan Theatre dramaturg. Dr. SoRelle has taught at McLennan for the past 30 years and has served as president of Faculty Council. She holds an M.A. in theatre from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in theatre history and criticism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed a dissertation under the direction of Distinguished Academy Professor Oscar G. Brockett. While at UT, Dr. SoRelle was selected as an All-University Fellow.

She has written for the playwrights' volume of the Dictionary of Literary Biography and is a frequent presenter at regional and national theatre conferences. Dr. SoRelle has served on the TETA Adjudicators Organization Standards and Administrative Committees, and as a certified UIL critic judge, has adjudicated numerous festivals and play contests at every level, including UIL state. She was TETA Theatrefest 1997 All-Conference Chair and served two terms on the TETA Board of Directors. She is the recipient of the 2000 Texas Educational Theatre Association Founder's Award, one of the organization's most prestigious honors.

Dr. SoRelle is also a recipient of the University of Texas NISOD Teaching Excellence Award (1997) and has been both a Piper Professor Award nominee and a national Association of Community College Trustees Award nominee while at McLennan. In 2000-01, she was a nominee for the National Chair Academy's Leadership Award and was selected for Who's Who Among American College Teachers for 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06.

She served for seven years as dramaturg for the Lyric Opera of Waco, a professional opera company. She is a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), where she served as Dramaturgy Conference Planner (1998-2000), Dramaturgy Focus Group Representative (2000-2002), Dramaturgy Nominations Chair (2003-2005), and is the founding (1999) and current chair of the national Dramaturgy Debut Competition for emerging dramaturgs.

Dr. SoRelle has been selected three times to serve as dramaturg for the ATHE New Play Development Workshop and is active in Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), for which she served as a national conference planner in 2005. Since 2005, she has served on the national LMDA Board of Directors, and in spring 2012 was elected to a second three-year term as board chair.

In 2002, Dr. SoRelle served as one of three national adjudicators for the PlayLabs new script competition at the Playwright's Center in Minneapolis. She was the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VI Coordinator for the dramaturgy competition for 2004-2006 and 2010-11. In 2006 she served as visiting professor for the Baylor University in Oxford, England summer program and has toured extensively overseas.

Dr. SoRelle adapts scripts for McLennan Theatre. Her adaptation of Medea, directed by Professor MacLauchlin, was performed at a theatre festival in London (2007) by Fusion Arts, a theatre company from Grimsby, England, and in Wyoming in 2008. Dr. SoRelle serves on the Editorial Board for The Dramaturg's Protocol, an online dramaturgy journal published by the Texas State University Theatre Department. During the spring 2012 semester, she was on sabbatical studying professional practices behind the scenes at five major regional theatres in the United States and Canada.