Dr. Charissa Menefee, an associate professor in Iowa State University’s English Department, teaches creative writing, literature, and performance studies, and she serves on the graduate faculties of the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment and the MA in English. Previously a professor of Performing Arts and Writing & Literature at Prescott College, she also served the college as Chair of the Arts & Letters Department and Director of Theatre. A recent finalist for the Julie Harris Playwright Award for her historical drama, The Figurehead, Dr. Menefee is a dramatist whose work has been honored by the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s New American Playwrights Project, Pandora Festival of New Plays, Arizona Theatre Conference, American College Theatre Festival, and City of Charleston Literary Arts Awards. Her plays have recently been produced at the Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project’s Women’s Work Festival, Phoenix’s Herberger Theatre, Theatrics’ ThrifTheatre and Pet Plays festivals, Prescott College Theatre, and Stage Door Productions’ Original One-Act Play Festival. She is also an actor, director, and co-founder of Tomorrow’s Theatre Tonight, a new play reading and development series that just completed its eighth season in Arizona.