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Theatre & Dance Department

Kathleen Flanagan, Ph.D.
Kathleen Flanagan
Communication - Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance - Adjunct Associate Professor

(507) 457-1518

Kathleen Flanagan is a tenured Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

She received a B.A. in History and licensure in secondary education from the University of Dayton. She completed a M.A.T. in Communication Arts from Saint Mary's College and a Ph.D. in Arts and Cultural Affairs Administration from Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Flanagan has been on the staff at SMU since 1978; nine years were spent as Director of Career Services. Her teaching in the Theatre Arts Department has focused on oral communication and dance courses. Dr. Flanagan has been certified by and registered with the Irish Dancing Commission in Dublin since 1976. In addition to teaching ceili dance classes at SMU, she directs the Flanagan Irish Dancers. This group of young dancers is listed in the Minnesota Folk Arts Directory and performs at various venues throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. As part of her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Flanagan extensively researched the history of Irish dancing in Chicago, Illinois. She has continued research on this topic and has presented at numerous conferences and public lectures both nationally and internationally. Her article, "Dance and Song of the Gael: Pat Roche and Irish Dance in Chicago, 1933-1953," was published in New Hibernia Review. Recently, she was invited to present her research at the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland.

Scholarly & Creative Interests
Irish Dance History - Chicago Focus
T.C.R.G. - Certified by and registered with Irish Dancing Commission, Dublin, Ireland

Courses Taught Recently at SMU
Introduction to Public Speaking
Introduction to Public Speaking/Introduction to Human Services (Collaboration Project-Team Taught)
Irish Ceili Dancing

Professional Organizations
American Conference on Irish Studies
Irish Dancing Teachers' Association of North America
Irish Dancing Teachers' Association of Mid-America

Ph.D., The Union Institute, Cincinnati, OH, 1995
M.A.T., Saint Mary's College, Winona, MN, 1975
B.A., University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 1969

Teaching Experience
1995 to Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre and Speech, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
1980-1986: Assistant Professor, Saint Mary's College, Winona, Minnesota
1969-1971: Teacher, Springman Junior High School, Glenview, Illinois

Other Professional Experience
1972 to Present: Director, Flanagan School of Irish Dance, Winona, Minnesota
1996: Trainer, EMD Associates, Winona, Minnesota
1993: Intern and Coordinator, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, Illinois
1985-1990: Director and Performer, Winona Community Theater, Winona, Minnesota
1977: Producer, Director and Performer, Marshall's Dinner Theater, Winona, Minnesota

Selected Presentations
"Irish Dancing Before Riverdance," Saint Mary's University Irish Lecture Series, October, 1997

"Cultural Expression Takes Root: Irish Dance in Chicago, 1893-1953," International Conference on Irish Migration, The Scattering, sponsored by the Centre for Migration Studies, University College Cork, Ireland, September, 1997

"Cultural Expression Takes Root: Irish Dance in Chicago, 1893-1953," Chicago Irish Studies Seminar, Chicago Historical Society, May, 1997

"Creating New Traditions," Public Lecture Series, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Spring, 1997

"Carving Out New Traditions," Ruskin Study Club, Winona, Minnesota, March, 1997

"Irish Dance: Carving New Traditions," Autumn Colloquim Series, DePaul University, 1996

"The Irish: Beyond the Great Hunger," October, 1996

"Cultural Expression Takes Root: Irish Dance in Chicago, 1893-1930," American Conference on Irish Studies National Conference, Southern Illinois University, April 1996