Dr. Teresa Ter Haar

Theatre Arts Professor/Dean for Curriculum and Instruction


Ph.D., Theatre Pedagogy and Performance Studies, Bowling Green State University

M.A., Theatre, Bowling Green State University

B.A., Calvin College


In my time as a college professor I have taught at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Trinity Christian College, in Chicago, Illinois. At Dordt, I teach courses for the Theatre Arts Department, Education Department, and Core Program. I direct productions on the mainstage and serve as Chair of the Theatre Arts Department. In addition, I serve as the Dean for Curriculum and Instruction at Dordt University.

I graduated from Calvin College with an Education degree - emphasizing in Fine Arts. My long-term interest in Theatre Pedagogy, Educational Theatre, and directing Theatre for Youth stems from this formative time at Calvin. I continue to work in this area of specialization by teaching an Educational Theatre/Creative Drama course. My research interests also include "a theatre of the cross," theatre practitioners as "prophets," and theatre pedagogy best practices.

Representative Courses

Educational Theatre for the Classroom and Beyond

Theatre History I and II

Devised Theatre

Communication and Culture

Representative Productions

Known But To God by Anne Byrd

My Fair Lady by Lerner and Loew

The Ash Girl (co-directed with senior Jessica McCarty in Spring 2014) by Timberlake Wertenbaker

The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht