Meet the Department of Theatre Faculty

Ben Tebbe, Director of Theatre

Ben Tebbe earned his B.A. in theatre from Marian University in 1999. He has been working consistently as a professional actor since that time and is a member of Actors' Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers. His professional credits include work with Indiana Repertory Theatre (Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, A Christmas Carol), Phoenix Theatre (Clybourne Park, Avenue Q, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Urinetown: the Musical, Orson’s Shadow), ShadowApe Theatre Company (Gorey Stories, Not A Peep), Beef&Boards Dinner Theatre (Father of the Bride) and Contemporary American Theatre Company in Columbus, Ohio (Complete History of America Abridged).

In addition to his work as an actor, Mr. Tebbe is a founding member of Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre (HART) and was Company Manager for the first three years of HART’s existence. For HART he has performed in The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, Death and the Maiden, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, staged readings of Happy Birthday, Wanda June, and An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe, and stage managed the world premiere production of Midwestern Hemisphere. He was instrumental in the development of Shakespeare on the Canal, the free summer show from HART in White River State Park.

Mr. Tebbe is a 2011-12 Creative Renewal Fellowship recipient from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Lilly Foundation.

Kristopher D. Steege, Assistant Professor and Technical Director

Professor Kristopher D. Steege finished his B.A. from South Dakota State University in 1995 with a double major in art and communications, studies, and theatre. He completed his M.F.A. in scene design in 1998 at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Professor Steege began teaching at Marian University in 1998. He teaches all technical and design courses as well as directs the Children's Theatre production.

He continues to work as a professional freelance scenic designer. Past credits include designing for Indianapolis Civic Theatre, the Lilly Theatre at the Children's Museum, Dance Kaleidescope, the Artist's Studio, Children's Theatre Institute, Door Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, St. Croix Valley Repertory Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre, Madison Savoyards, Inc., Prairie Repertory Theatre and St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre.

Recently, Professor Steege has been trying his hand at writing plays for children and has produced five original productions at Marian University including How Zebra Got Her Stripes and Other African Folktales, The Wit of the Leprechaun and Other Tales of Irish Lore, How Fox Fooled Everyone! and Other Latin American Folktales, St. Francis and the Wolf, and When Pigs Fly.

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