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Pam Monteleone, an Associate Professor of English and Drama, supervises drama production for the Department’s Theater/Drama Program, a program she helped create when she joined the faculty in 1984. Pam earned her doctorate in English at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she won a Butler Chair Fellowship to intern with the Stratford Festival, Stratford Ontario. Pam teaches courses in Shakespeare, playwriting, dramatic literature, acting, play production and theater for social change. She is a past recipient of an Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, as well as a Transformational Learning Opportunity Award for her work with the Sulzbacher Center and the homeless.
Dr. Monteleone has produced and directed over thirty major productions, for which she has won a number of local theater awards. Her directing credits comprise numerous Shakespeare plays and other classics, as well as new work, including the national winner of La Plume des Femmes Award, a playwriting competition for women writers sponsored by the Women’s Resource Network and premiering at UNF.
She is the author of Come Together Jacksonville, a musical drama for youth, addressing substance abuse, parental neglect, and bullying. Sponsored by the Duval County School Board, this UNF production featured a diverse cast of high-school students working with undergraduates. Pam coauthored, with her students, Word for Word, Homeless Voices: a Community-Based Documentary Playwriting Project. She has directed plays for the Women’s Center, the Counseling Center, and the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. As a member of the Association for ATHE --Theatre in Higher Education’s Playwrights and Creative Teams--Pam works together with other theater professionals to present short works for the New Play Development Workshop at ATHE’s annual convention.
Active in community outreach for over twenty years, Dr. Monteleone has collaborated with the Duval County School Board, FSCJ, Players by the Sea, Saint John’s Cathedral Center, the Combined Gospel Christian Fellowship, the Jewish Community Alliance, The Church of the Good Shepard, and the Mayo Clinic’s Humanities in Medicine Program. Her commitment to public school outreach includes benefit performances of Shakespeare’s plays. She was a founding member of the Greater Jacksonville Theatre Association (the now Theatre Alliance of Greater Jacksonville ), a past Vice-President and Director-at-Large for Players by the Sea, and has conducted numerous acting workshops in and around Jacksonville, including the Life Center at the Riverside Methodist Church and St. Johns’ River Psychiatric Hospital. In collaboration with the City of Atlantic Beach Department of Parks and Recreation, Pam directs Shakespeare-in-the-Park, an annual UNF/Atlantic Beach signature event, now in its fourth season.