Bobbie Wynn Bolden, UC Davis Department of Theatre & Dance
professor and the godmother of the university’s dance program,
retired in 2003 after 18 years of teaching. She will always be
remembered for dancing to the beat of her own drummer.
William E. Kleb taught theatre history, critical theory and
playwriting in the Department of Theatre & Dance from 1974 to
1994, when he retired. During that time, he served on numerous
department and university administrative committees and chaired
the graduate program.
Thomas J. Munn, an internationally recognized Lighting Designer,
has designed for theatre, opera, ballet, television, videos and
industrials. A graduate of Boston University School of Fine and
Applied Arts in Design, he made his Broadway debut in 1974
designing scenery for Brightowerby Dore Schary.
Barbara Sellers-Young taught movement, acting and Asian theatre
at the Department of Theatre & Dance from 1993 to 2008. She
served on various university committees at UC Davis, taught as a
member of the Davis Honors program and was Chair of Theatre &
Dance from summer 2001 through spring 2006. She also served as
Interim Executive Director of the Mondavi Center from April 2005
until June 2006.
Theatre Department Chair, 1956–1989Ph.D., Stanford University
Ted Shank was the Founding Chair of the Theatre Department at UC
Davis and taught in the department 33 years, from 1956–1989. He
then transferred to the UC San Diego Theatre Department where his
wife, UC Davis alumna Adele Edling Shank, was Department
Chair. Shank was promoted to Distinguished Professor of
Theatre and taught in the department until retiring.