John Rahe, Associate Professor of Communication and Director of Theatre

July 31, 2014

Areas of ExpertiseJohn Rahe helps student prepare for play

Acting, directing, improvisation, and performance studies.


  • MA - Kansas State University
  • BS - Kansas State University
  • AA - Highland Community College
  • Additional classes in the Meisner Acting Method at Purdue
  • Performance workshops in Improvisation with Ed Trout

Professional Background

I taught speech at Iowa State University, speech and theatre at Sterling College, and speech and theatre at Kansas State. I also acted in small regional and semi-professional companies. I also wrote for and John Rahe receives awardperformed in various improvisation groups.

Professor Rahe's Role at SJC

I teach Theatre classes and in the Core Program, as well as directing three main stage productions and serving as faculty advisor for the Columbian Players and the Improvisation Club.

Teaching Motivation

I enjoy interacting with the students and watching their growth as individuals over their years in the classroom and in production--whether on John Rahe helps studentstage or backstage.  I also appreciate the artistic fulfillment that comes with producing and directing. Theatre at SJC is somewhat unique in that you can be on stage or work on shows regardless of what your major might be. This gives students a chance to continue to use and develop their performance or other artistic skills even if they aren't considering Theatre as a vocation.

Related Associations and Organizations

I'm a member of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education.

John Rahe and Adam Ruggle awardFun Fact

I acted in the first production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat outside of New York. In the upcoming academic year (SEMS 141-142), I will have directed more than 100 productions.

Favorite Aspect of SJC

The close working relationship with the faculty, staff, and students.

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