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Ithaca College Faculty Members Garner Fulbright Awards

ITHACA, NY—Two Ithaca College faculty members, both from the Department of Theatre Arts, have received Fulbright grants. Kathleen Mulligan, assistant professor of theatre arts, is returning to Pakistan this summer as a Fulbright Specialist. Susan Monagan, manager of audience development and special projects, has been awarded a Fulbright research award in Ireland for the fall of 2013.

Kathleen Mulligan
In Pakistan until early June 2013, Mulligan is teaching workshops at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore Grammar School and the Ajoka Theatre in the provincial capital of Lahore. She is accompanied by her husband, David Studwell, a professional actor and teacher of acting, who has also been named a Fulbright Specialist. In addition to teaching, Mulligan and Studwell plan to begin an artistic exchange with the Ajoka Theatre Company. The collaboration is tied to Wheels for Women, a project Mulligan and Studwell started to benefit the residents of the Sakhi Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence in Kerala, India.

In 2010, Mulligan was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru grant to Kerala, for her project “Finding Women’s Voices,” which focused on the empowerment of women through voice. In 2012 and 2013 she traveled to Islamabad on a Fulbright Specialist grant.

In addition to teaching, Mulligan has acted professionally for more than 20 years, performing with the Acting Company (off-Broadway and national tours), the American Repertory and Huntington Theatre Companies, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Susan Monagan
Monagan will join the Creative Edge project team at the National University of Ireland-Galway. An international collaboration bringing together universities, development agencies and industrial bodies, Creative Edge is in the second year of a five-year project aimed at reviving the creative economies and industries in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and other northern European countries. Monagan will interview costume designers, arts festival organizers, makers of musical instruments, and other artist-entrepreneurs to learn how their networks, location decisions, and the presence or absence of institutional support has helped their work reach local and nonlocal markets. Her findings will contribute to the compilation of an extensive data base of creative and commercial activities across northern Europe.

In addition, Monagan will teach graduate and undergraduate courses in both the NUI Galway’s business school and its program in arts administration and policy. Her research and teaching in Ireland will complement her work at Ithaca College, where she mentors undergraduates studying theatre arts management. Segments from two of her practicum courses, “Promotion and Publicity for the Performing Arts” and “Introduction to the Creative Economy” will be among the material she will teach at NUI Galway.

The Fulbright Program was established by the U.S. government at the end of World War II as a way to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. For more information, visit