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OU drama professor receives excellence award for work as educator

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Christopher Sadler was named Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts 2019 Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts. 


An OU drama professor was recently recognized for excellence in the arts by the College of Fine Arts.

Christopher Sadler, associate professor of drama, was named the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts' 2019 Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts. 

Sadler received the award for his work as a “tireless educator” through creating new stage management courses and updating stage management curriculum, according to the college’s website. He currently teaches stage management, dramatic literature and understanding theater classes, advises theater minors and mentors student stage managers.

“My teaching schedule is pretty full, but I wouldn't have it any other way,” Sadler said in an email. 

Stage managers are not used to special recognition, Sadler said in the email, and he is grateful for the award and to the Rothbaum family.

“I'm humbled to be a member of an elite group of educators, including some of my most valued colleagues, and proud of the successes of the students I've taught,” Sadler said in the email.

Sadler has taught at OU since 2005 and was OU’s first faculty member dedicated to the teaching of stage management, according to the College of Fine Arts website.

Molly Kruse is a journalism senior and assistant culture editor at the Daily. She previously worked as culture reporter, copyeditor and social media coordinator.

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