Andrew Papa

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Andrew Papa
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Reno Hall
Room: 017
Phone: 313-993-3220
Andrew Papa
Areas of Expertise:
Voice and Speech


  • M.F.A. from Wayne State University
  • B.F.A. from Central Michigan University


Andrew Papa received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University, his Master of Fine Arts in Acting at Wayne State University, and holds a Certificate in Advanced Theatre Training from The Moscow Art Theatre School. Papa is also a Fitzmaurice Voicework® certified teacher, and has studied at the Stratford Festival in Ontario and The Second City Training Center in Chicago, Ill. Papa joined Detroit Mercy in 2015.

In addition to teaching, Papa regularly works as an actor and director with the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company (DMTC). He also continues to remain active professionally in the theatre and film industries. Papa has performed as an actor with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, the Williamston Theatre, and the Matrix Theatre Company, among several others. He also works as a dialect/text/speech coach, having worked at the Tipping Point Theatre and Wayne State University’s Hilberry Theatre and Bonstelle Theatre, and with professional clients, one-on-one. Recent research interests include performance anxiety and applied improvisation.

    Courses Taught at University of Detroit Mercy

    • Acting II
    • Acting and Directing for the Camera
    • Acting Styles
    • Directed Studies in Acting
    • Fundamentals of Acting
    • Fundamentals of Human Expression
    • Introduction to the Arts
    • Introduction to Theatre
    • Scene Study and Analysis
    • Voice and Movement
    • Voice and Diction

    Research Leading to Creative Activity & Scholarship


    • Alabama Story - Detroit Mercy Theatre Company
    • It's A Wonderful Life - Detroit Mercy Theatre Company
    • Motherhood Out Loud - Matrix Theatre Company
    • The Complete History of America [abridged] - Detroit Mercy Theatre Company
    • The Foursome - Tipping Point Theatre
    • True West - Tipping Point Theatre


    • Bus Stop - Detroit Mercy Theatre Company
    • Check Please - University of Detroit Mercy
    • War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast - Detroit Mercy Theatre Company

    Dialect Directing

    • 100 Saints You Should Know - Detroit Mercy Theatre Company
    • Alabama Story - Detroit Mercy Theatre Company


    • Book Review - Methods, A Journal of Acting Pedagogy, 2018.
      Worsley, Victoria. Feldenkrais for Actors: How to Do Less and Discover More. Nick Hern Books, 2017.
    • Book Review - Voice and Speech Review, 2018
      Ross, John, Jr. The Successful Voice: Strategies, Drills and Exercises for Public Speaking, Acting and Everyday Conversation. Cognella, 2015.
    • Book Endorsement - Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), 2017
      Kost, Dave. Book of Sides II: Original Two-Page Scenes for Actors and Directors. Routledge, 2017.

    Academic Conferences (Presentations, Panels, & Papers)

    • Panel/Embodied Research - Voice and Speech Trainers Association, Orlando, 2019 (Peer Reviewed)
      Title: Emotional, Intellectual, and Spiritual Approaches to the Fitzmaurice Focus Line
    • Podium Presentation/Panel - Voice and Speech Trainers Association/Pan-American Vocology Association, Seattle, 2018 (Peer Reviewed)
      Title: Anxiety and the Performer
    • Panel - Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Boston, 2018
      Title: Voice-Speech-Action: Connecting Truth-to-Power in Performance
    • Panel/Conference Paper - Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Las Vegas, 2017
      Title: Anxiety and the Performer: History, Hypotheses, and Help

    Organizations & Affiliations

    • Actor’s Equity Association (EMC)
    • Applied Improvisation Network
    • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
    • New Play Exchange (NPX)
    • Productions Plus Talent Agency
    • Theatre Communications Group
    • Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VATSA)

    Awards & Honors

    • Gallery Award Winner – Edward the Second (Best Rogue-Actor)
    • Harriet Kanter Award – Wayne State University
    • Irene Ryan Nominee (Semifinalist) – American College Theatre Festival
    • Jacqueline Eckhous Award – Wayne State University
    • Riecker Interpretive Theatre Award – Central Michigan University
    • Second City Immersion Scholarship – Second City Conservatory
    • The Wilbur Moore Prize – Central Michigan University
    • Wilde Award Nominee – Alabama Story (Best Performance, Supporting Actor)
    • Wilde Award Nominee – The Cider House Rules (Best Actor in a Drama)