Gail Medford, PhD
Professor, Coordinator of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Areas of Specialization - Acting, Theatre Pedagogy, History and Criticism
Dr. Medford is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and an alumnae of Xavier University of New Orleans, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Maryland @ College Park, where she received her B.A in Communication Arts, M.A. in Acting and Ph.D. in Public Communications: Theatre, respectively. As a former military spouse, she has enjoyed opportunities to engage in different theatrical venues and to teach speech and theatre at various two-year and four-year institutions, including Northwestern University in Illinois, Howard University in Washington, D.C. and St. Philips College in San Antonio, Texas.
Since joining the Bowie State community in 1994, Dr. Medford has served the institution both as a faculty member and an administrator. Her work began in the Department of Communications, where she was the communications instructor for the University College of Excellence. In 1998, she became the founding director of the University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Her work there led her to the position of University Coordinator of Outcomes assessment and soon after to Director of the University’s Office of Planning, Analysis and Accountability and liaison to Middle States Commission on Higher Education; she has served the Commission for twelve years as an accreditation team evaluator. Dr. Medford later moved back to the academic side to coordinate BSU Theatre Arts program. She currently serves as Chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, which housed music, dance, theatre, studio art, music technology, visual communications, digital media arts, fashion design, and University Bands.
During her thirty-five years in higher education, Dr. Medford has performed as a professional actress, published and presented many scholarly works, co-edited a book titled Teaching Theatre Today, is currently co-editing another book on that topic, and is certified to teach the Sanford Meisner approach to acting. Her various honors and awards include three “Who’s Who Among American Teachers”, a “Star Power Award” from BSU students, and the BSU Alumni “Founders Promise Award” honoring university service. She is an active participant in professional organizations such as the National Association of Dramatic Speech Arts, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Black Theatre Network. Her research interests are in theatre pedagogy and assessment, acting, and theatre theory and criticism.