Janet McLean head shot
Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Theatre and Music Theatre


Janet McLean is a committed theatre educator who advises the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and the Bachelor of Science in Theatre Education degrees at Viterbo University.  An Associate Professor of Theatre and Music Theatre at Viterbo, her expertise is in Western dramatic literature, with a passion for multicultural and women’s issues as examined through American drama. History, both theatre history and western civilization, is her other area of specialization. Janet also spent many years in educational theatre as a director, as well as a costume designer. Originally from Rochester, Minn., she joined the Viterbo faculty in 1989 after teaching, directing, and designing theatre at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Janet began her professional career as an educator in The Dalles, Ore., as a high school theatre teacher and director. She has directed many productions throughout her career, but her favorites have been The Lion in Winter, Working, The Belle of Amherst,  Black Elk Speaks, O’ Pioneers, Copenhagen, and Strawberry Fields. Janet holds a Ph.D. in Theatre and Media Arts with a focus on Western dramatic literature and directing from the University of Kansas, an M.A. in Theatre with a focus in directing from the University of Idaho, and a B.F.A. in Theatre Education with a teaching minor in Speech Communication from the University of South Dakota. Courses Taught: Survey of Western Theatre History and Literature, Theatre History and Literature 1: Greeks to 1660, Theatre History and Literature 2: 1660 to 1900, Theatre History and Literature 3: 1900 to 2010, Drama of the American Repertory, Race in American Theatre , Art and Beauty in the Franciscan Tradition, Women in Theatre , VUSM 300, VUSM 400.