Dr. Mark J. Kelty
Professor of Theatre
Dr. Mark J. Kelty produces and directs most of the Little Theatre productions, coordinating the technical and performance areas. Dr. Kelty also teaches a wide range of courses for the university including: acting, directing, theatre history, script analysis, and basic principles of theatre. Far and away, what he loves most is working with students both in the classroom and in rehearsal. "There’s no better way to get to know our students and there's nothing more rewarding than watching them grow as artists as they surprise and dazzle our audience over the course of their careers at CMU."
Dr. Kelty is actively involved with the American College Theatre Festival, currently serving as Co-Coordinator of the Directing Initiative for Region V. Whenever possible, he works as an actor, most recently at MU’s Summer Repertory Theatre performing as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple, Uncle Willie in High Society, and as Burl Sanders in The Sanders Family Christmas. He works regularly as a voice actor for the Missouri Review Audio Project and has two film roles to his credit: Radar Operator in the James Bond movie License to Kill and Journalist #1 with Jane Fonda and Gregory Peck in Old Gringo.
Dr. Kelty's previous work includes six years as the Artistic Director of InterAct Teen-to-Teen Theatre in Columbia. Under Kelty’s leadership, InterAct represented Missouri at the 1999 Teen Theatre Festival at the Bevard in Syracuse, N.Y., bringing home the Best Performance Award. Academic presentations include "The Alpha Project on Troubled Voices of our Youth" at the National Communications Association; two presentations on the work of the Loose Change Players (a guerilla theatre group founded by Dr. Kelty at MU); and a presentation on the work of Jesusa Rodriguez as a popular theatre icon in Mexico City (Dr. Kelty's dissertation project). He has also published scholarly articles on Ms. Rodriguez, on Luis Martin Solis, and on Hugo Hiriart. He has translated a number of plays from Spanish into English, including La Carpa, which was produced at the Little Theatre in February 2008.
Dr. Kelty lives in Columbia with his wife, Kimberly. They have four children: Ana is a registered nurse at Boone Hospital in Columbia; Javier lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Lauren and Rachel, live at home.