Laurel Goetzinger

Associate Professor Emeritus; Academic Advisor for Musical Theatre and Theatre

Laurel Goetzinger, Associate Professor Emeritus, is the Academic Advisor for Musical Theatre and Theatre majors in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Prof. Goetzinger retired from full-time teaching but returned recently to assist with this wonderfully growing program. While on the full-time faculty at Anderson, as the Director of the Boze Lyric Theatre and voice teacher, Mrs. Goetzinger directed over twenty-five musicals and operas including the undergraduate world premiere of Mark Adamo’s popular opera Little Women and the semi-staged premiere of Elisabeth and the Water Troll by Randy Courts and Walter Wangerin, Jr. She enjoyed a professional career as an actor, director and singer in theatre, musical theatre, opera, recital and concert in New York City and the Mid-West, before full-time teaching became very full-time. In Indianapolis, she has performed and directed at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis Opera, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Favorite roles include Miss Stephanie and Mrs. DuBose in To Kill a Mockingbird (IRT), Lady Thiang in The King and I (Beef & Boards) and many of the operatic "ina" roles – Rosina, Despina, Zerlina, and the infamous Princess Angelina in The Ring of the Fettuccines.

Mrs. Goetzinger received her Bachelors degree in Music Education and Theatre from Illinois State University, and her Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois in Voice Performance and Opera. She has been a member of Actors Equity Association for over fifty years. Since retiring from A.U., she has enjoyed continuing professional work and study, working as a simulated patient at I.U. Health and doing volunteer work with Indiana Landmarks and North United Methodist Church.