Dr. Gronbeck-Tedesco has been at KU since 1979. He formerly served as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at KU, Chair of the former Department of Theatre & Film, and Acting Director of the University Honors Program. He is the author of "Acting Through Exercises: Journeys for the Actor" (1992), which received the Best Book in Theatre Pedagogy and Practice award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. He co-founded and edits the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism and is the author of several plays including "Prairie Fire, Parts I and II," and "Coming Here, A Trilogy" produced by The University Theatre in 1996. his play "Tony and the Telephone Pole" was performed at the Last Frontier Play Festival in 2003 in Valdez, Alaska. John's recent directing credits at KU include "Temptation," "Lonestar," "The Accidental Death of an Anarchist," and "The Mandrake."