Dance Faculty

Jeanine McCain, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Dance

M.F.A., Dance Performance and Choreography, University of Colorado at Boulder
B.A., Dance and B.A., Drama, University of Montana
Office Location: Kaleidoscope, #221

Professor McCain joined the dance faculty in 2012. She holds an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Montana, where she received a B.A. in Drama and a B.A. in Dance.  Her teaching and research interests include interdisciplinary improvisation, somatic studies, dance for the camera and dance/theatre ensemble work.  She came to Ursinus College from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she taught various courses for both the dance and theatre divisions, including dance improvisation, movement for actors and musical theatre performance and history.  She has extensive training in the Alexander Technique, yoga and Pilates, and has years of experience in various dance forms including modern/contemporary and West African dance.  Prof. McCain is an interdisciplinary artist who has performed in regional and national venues and has professional experience as a dancer, choreographer, movement coach, director, actor, vocalist and producer.  She also taught and trained in Ecuador and Ghana while researching cross-cultural exchange through the creation of community performance projects and has developed and performed work with award-winning ensembles in Seattle, Denver, Boulder, Colorado and the Big Sky Country of Montana. 

Karen Clemente, Ed.D.

Professor of Dance

Ed.D. Dance Education, Temple University
M.Ed.,  Dance Education, Temple University
B.A., Communication Arts and Literature from Grove City College
Office Location: Kaleidoscope #222

Karen comes to Ursinus College from Eastern University where she was Professor of Dance and Chair of the Dance and Theatre Department.  Dr. Clemente founded the dance program at Eastern.  She serves as a state wide advocate for the establishment of dance certification for K-12 education and has served as the Associate Editor for the national Journal of Dance Education and is currently the journal’s Higher Education column editor.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts and Literature from Grove City College and both a Master’s and Doctorate in Dance Education from Temple University where she received a University Fellowship in her doctoral studies.  Dr. Clemente was the 2001 Eastern University recipient of the Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching.



Production Manager and Technical Director/Adjunct Faculty for Theater and Dance Department

M.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
B.A., University of Maryland College Park
Office Location: Kaleidoscope, #226
Jacob Rothermel came to Ursinus College after receiving his MFA in Production Technology & Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.  Prior, he worked as Technical Director for the Act II Playhouse & the Bristol Riverside Theatre, both in the greater Philadelphia, PA area.  He has also served as a production manager, production & assistant stage manager, as both scenic & stage carpenter, and entertainment rigger & electrician at theatre companies and in all types of performance spaces in and around Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. since receiving his BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.  He has also done technical engineering & drafting work with commercial production companies in New York & Washington, D.C.  30-hr OSHA-certified in General Industry, Jacob teaches Theatre Stagecraft here at Ursinus as well as supervises student technicians in all manner of production work in the Kaleidoscope Center for Performing Arts.