Associate Professor of Theatre
Jay Rozema came to Missouri Valley College in 2009. He holds an MFA in lighting design from the School of Theatre at the Florida State University as well as a BFA in theatre production from the University of Arizona. Jay has also received extensive training from Synergetic Audio Concepts for live sound mixing and from AutoDesk in the use of AutoCAD.
Jay’s professional career has began as a technical director for Interlochen’s National Music Camp and continued at The Peterborough Players in New Hampshire, and the Freed Center for the Performing Arts in Ohio. As a Lighting Designer Jay has worked for the ASOLO Conservatory, Tallahassee Ballet, La Commedia Dinner Theatre, Germantown Theatre, Carolina Civic Center, and the Ohio Northern Summer Theatre. Jay also served as the Production Manager for the Givens Performing Arts Center. Most recently Jay served as Sound Designer for the ColeBeanBay Theatre in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
As an educator Jay has taught at Ohio Northern University, Florida State University, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Northwest Missouri State University. Before arriving in Marshall Jay was an Assistant Professor of Lighting and Sound Design at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Jay came to Missouri Valley College as an Associate Professor of Theatre Technology.
Former students of Jay have gone on to professional careers as a Stage Manager for Broadway’s Wicked and Cyrano De Bergerac. Others include working for such theatres as the Steppenwolf Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Weston Playhouse, and others. Some of Jay’s students have gone on to great careers in other fields. These include management of the Dallas / Fort Worth Airport, Architectural Lighting Designer, Washington DC Lawyer, and countless teachers. Above all Jay believes that if you get a theatre degree and don’t work in theatre, you can apply theatre concepts to any field.
As a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Jay has presented many workshops and research. Much of Jay’s research has involved lighting and lighting design, sound and computer technology. Jay’s other research interest involves the scholarship of teaching and learning. Jay has presented workshops on using the Art of Possibility in the Classroom and Writing in the Classroom at the Lilly Conference on College Teaching and the Lilly West Conference on College Teaching. Jay has also published articles on syllabus techniques.