Alecia Juelfs

Assistant Professor,Theatre/Theatre Program Director

Alecia Juelfs, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Theatre Program Director

Alecia joined the faculty at the University of Sioux Falls in 2022. She earned her M.A. in Theatre from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and her B.A in Communication Studies and Theatre from the University of Sioux Falls. Alecia has taught and directed at the university, high school, and middle school level. She is a member of Arts Ignite (formerly Artists Striving to End Poverty), a nonprofit founded by Juilliard students in New York City whose mission is to support young people in discovering the joy and power of making art – to share their voices, tell their stories, and transform their lives. Alecia has facilitated workshops regionally in South Dakota and Iowa, nationally in North Carolina and Florida, and has even brought her work globally to southern Haiti. Alecia and her husband Jake live in Sioux Falls with their daughter Chloe.

Education

  • M.A., Theatre, Regent University, 2019
  • B.A., Communication Studies & Theatre, University of Sioux Falls, 2017

Courses Taught

  • LAR100 - Fundamentals of Communication
  • CST200 - Introduction to Theatre
  • CST203 - Introduction to ContemporaryDrama
  • CST210 - Acting I
  • CST305 - Theatre History I
  • CST310 - Directing
  • CST315 - Leadership in Communication
  • CST317 - Power and Influence
  • CST325 - Winning Presentations
  • CST340 - Acting II
  • CST409 - Special Topics in TheatreStudies
  • CST440 - Advanced Acting
  • CST460 - Senior Project

Professional Memberships

Arts Ignite

Founded to help young people develop agency, build critical life skills, and experience the joy of creative expression. 

In 2006, a group of motivated Juilliard students joined forces with Broadway musical director Mary-Mitchell Campbell to found Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), created with the belief that every young person has a story and a voice that deserves to be heard.

In 2021, after 15 years of delivering arts programming in the United States and around the world as ASTEP, the organization stepped into its next stage of growth as Arts Ignite. The name is new, but the passion is the same: to help young people find their voice through the joy and potency of making art.

Association for Theatre in Higher Education

An advocate for the field of theatre and performance in higher education, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) serves as an intellectual and artistic center for producing new knowledge about theatre and performance-related disciplines, cultivating vital alliances with other scholarly and creative disciplines, linking with professional and community-based theatres, and promoting access and equity.

Expertise

  • Theatre
  • Communication

Scholarships and Creative Work

Productions
  • 2023 - Once Upon a Mattress by Dean Fuller, Jay Thompson, and Marshall Barer; Director
  • 2022 - Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare; Producer
  • 2023 - Christmas at USF; Director