Charlene Gould, Ph.D.

Professor of Theatre (retired) Phone 816-501-2411

Dr. Charlene Gould retired as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. She oversaw academic and co-curricular programming for undergraduate and graduate majors, including professional licensure and accreditation in psychology and a professionally accredited social work program. The dean’s responsibilities include departmental strategic planning, program review, curriculum development and assessment, and budget oversight. In cooperation with the Vice-President of Academic Affairs. Throughout her career, Dr. Gould advanced strategic initiatives that promote the academic life of the college within the community and the university. One such initiative is a multi-million dollar performing arts center capital campaign project designed for the purposes of promoting the arts and creating a stronger business-academic alliance. Dr. Gould, who spearheaded this project with the President and Vice President of Advancement, helped coordinate a fundraising team of alumni, business professionals, and campus representatives. The new building began construction in spring 2019 and was completed in fall 2020.

Another initiative Dr. Gould advanced was the collaboration with faculty to globalize the curriculum, which includes short-term study away classes, study abroad, interdisciplinary and service-learning components. She was a member of the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Advisory Council.

Dr. Gould, Professor of Theatre, was also Producing Artistic Director of Goppert Theatre at Avila. Dr. Gould earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in theatre and film with a cognate in women’s studies. She was a recipient of a post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University where she participated in the historical and interdisciplinary representation of the Holocaust. Other scholarships and teaching interests include directing, theatre history, feminist theory, and interdisciplinary courses.

University of Kansas

Producing and Directing

Producing Artistic Director for 100 university productions. Co-producer for six professional productions with Theatre for Young America at City Stage in Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri.

Directed 21 university productions.

Selected Directing

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens, Goppert Performing Arts Black Box Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, 2022 (in progress)

These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich, Goppert Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, 2017

Night of the Living Dead by Lori Allen Ohm, Goppert Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, 2016

Silence by Moira Buffini, Goppert Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, 2015

The Diviners by James Leonard, Goppert Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, 2012

A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro, Goppert Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, 2009

Marisol by Jose Rivera, Goppert Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, 2008

Dead Man Walking by Tim Robbins, Goppert Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, 2007

The Grey Zone by Tim Blake Nelson, Goppert Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, 2006

Proof by David Auburn, Goppert Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, 2004

Dracula by John Balderston & Hamilton Deane, Goppert Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, 2003

Kindertransport by Diane Samuels, Goppert Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, 2002

Pride’s Crossing by Tina Howe, Goppert Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, 2000

To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday by Michael Brady, Goppert Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, 1999

Medea by Euripides, Goppert Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, 1998

The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht, Goppert Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, 1997

Selected Publications

“The Performance of Memory: Diane Samuels’ Kindertransport, Tim Blake Nelson’s The Grey Zone, and Holocaust Representation,” in Trajectories of Memory: Intergenerational Memories of the Holocaust in History and the Arts, Cambridge Scholars Press, Charlene Gould and Jeffrey Myers. August 2008


"Her Diary’s Voice: Holocaust Memory, Musical Theater, and the Diary of Anne Frank,” in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Journal for the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. April 2007

Council of Independent Colleges Senior Leadership Academy, 2011-2012

Served as creative director for theatre print materials—season brochure, posters, programs—winning ten regional and four national marketing/advertising awards.

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