Theatre Faculty

Jim Stark
Jim Stark

Jim Stark '86

Professor of Theatre

(812) 866-7262


Jim Stark teaches acting and is a certified teacher of stage combat (SAFD.) He also teaches courses in film appreciation and Shakespeare, and frequently directs departmental theatre productions. Stark continues to work in professional theatre, often with the Riverrun Theatre Co., of which he is co-founder and artistic director


M.B.A., Indiana Wesleyan, M.F.A., U. of Illinois; B.A., Hanover College
Mark Fearnow
Mark Fearnow

Mark Fearnow '80

Professor of Theatre

(812) 866-6191


In addition to teaching courses in playwriting, screenwriting, film studies and theatre history, Mark Fearnow is the author of three books, "The American Stage and the Great Depression," "Clare Boothe Luce" and "Theatre and the Good," as well as articles in The Drama Review, Theatre Survey and Dramatists Quarterly.

He has contributed research essays to the Cambridge History of American Theatre, The Cambridge Guide to American Theatre and the Oxford Handbook of American Drama.

In artistic work, his translation of Moliere’s "A Doctor in Spite of Himself" has been staged in Chicago, and Fearnow continues to perform his original one-man show, "Rash Lumpball Lights the Lights." His new comedy, "Theatre Upload," is in readings.

Fearnow directs regularly on the Hanover College main stage; recent productions include Moliere's "Tartuffe," "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" and Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie."


B.A., Hanover College; Ph.D., Indiana University
Paul Hildebrand
Paul Hildebrand

Paul Hildebrand

Associate Professor of Theatre

(812) 866-7264


Before joining the Theatre faculty at Hanover College in the Fall of 2004, Paul Hildebrand was co-chair of the theater department at Virginia's Eastern Mennonite University, and has taught theater and speech at James Madison University, Mary Baldwin College and Blue Ridge Community College, all in his home state of Virginia.

Hildebrand received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary in 1969, and after two years in the army (1969-71), earned his master of fine arts degree in theater from Catholic University in 1973.

He worked for the National Endowment for the Arts from 1972-75. In 1976, Hildebrand became the first artistic director of the New Playwrights Theater of Washington.

In 1979, he moved from Washington, D.C., to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, where he founded what was to become a nationally and internationally credited theater company, ShenanArts. This included the Shenandoah International Playwrights Retreat, a four-week summer workshop conference drawing playwrights, actors, directors and other theater people from across the U.S. and around the world, conducted for much of its time in partnership with the American College Theatre Festival.

A specialist in the performance of 12th century liturgical drama, Hildebrand was the stage director for the Ensemble for Early Music's notable production of "The Play of Daniel." Originally mounted and performed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, the production subsequently toured for five years to major arts festivals around the world.

He has also staged the "Filius Getronis" (Son of Getron) with the Folger Early Music Consort at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Hildebrand was the stage director for a film of the "Visitatio Sepulchri" (The Visit to the Sepulcher) from the Fleury Playbook, which was filmed at the Abbaye St. Benoit de Fleury in France. He has explored most of the plays in the Fleury Playbook in various workshop settings with other early musicians and singers.

In addition to his teaching and directing activities in the Hanover Theatre, Hildebrand produces the College's Community Arts Series. He has served on the individual artists' grant review panel for the Indiana Arts Commission and participates in theater advocacy and networking organizations in Indiana.


B.A., College of William and Mary
M.F.A., Catholic University of America

Teaching Areas / Expertise / Specializations:

Directing for the Stage
Voice & Movement
Nonwestern Theatre
Western Drama - Greeks to Realism
Focus on the Arts (for the education department)
Nonprofit Management (for Center for Business Preparation)
Ken Prince
Ken Prince

Ken Prince '80

Registrar /Assistant Professor of English and Theatre

(812) 866-7051


Evaluates transfer credits (for new students to Hanover with previous college-level work; for current Hanover students taking summer courses elsewhere; for international students with A-level and other international credit); supports students on academic probation or with learning disabilities; provides final-stage approval for off-campus studies applications and evaluates academic credits from those programs; approves incomplete grades in courses, discretionary withdrawals from courses, and withdrawal from Hanover; Assistant Professor of English and Theatre.


B.A., Hanover College
M.A., Indiana University
Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Teaching Areas / Expertise / Specializations:

Specializes in American literature, including the Great Depression era, Walt Whitman, literature of the American Renaissance era, and modern drama, including Thornton Wilder. He also cultivates interests in Frank Lloyd Wright and Stephen Sondheim.

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