Joe Potter

Assistant Professor, Performing Arts


Areas of Expertise:

  • Stage Combat
  • Fencing
  • Scenic Design
  • Film Design
  • Performance Technique
  • Theatre History


  • Master of Arts in Theatre Arts, California State University, Los Angeles, Calif., 1981
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Drury University, Springfield Mo., 1977

Professional Achievements:

  • Faculty member, William Woods University, 1982 to present
  • Artistic Director of Theatre at William Woods University
  • Four seasons with Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Television and movie credits include: "Star Trek: The Movie," "1941," "Blade Runner," "Superman," "The Waltons," "Little House on the Prairie," "Dukes of Hazzard," "Charlie's Angels," "M*A*S*H," "Fantasy Island," and "The Carol Burnett Show."


  • Chair of the Missouri Theatre Council

Honors and/or awards:

  • Received the Judith Rethwisch Outstanding Theatre Educator Award, 1998
  • Selected by the Missouri State Thespian organization to direct the 2004 all-state high school production.
  • Distinguished Service Award (14 years) from Missouri Girls State
  • Alpha Phi Teacher of the Year Award 1999
  • Member of the Educational Theatre Association
  • Member of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology
  • Past member of the Society of the American Fight Directors and Choreographers
  • Member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre