Faculty & Staff

Jeffrey Frame

  • Professor, Dramatic Arts And Communication
  • Communication Studies Department
  • B.A., Eastern Nazarene College
  • M.A., Emerson College
  • Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University

Contact Info

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  • Office: 615-248-7726

Jeffrey is professor of dramatic arts and teaches students majoring in dramatic arts or theatre education. He also teaches in the areas of applied theatre, musical theatre and media studies. He earned his B.A. at Eastern Nazarene College, his M.A. at Emerson College and his Ph.D. at Middle Tennessee State University. He’s a recipient of the Faculty Member of the Year Award and has produced over 100 university theatre productions, directing more than 60 of those. Dr. Frame's general research interests include: 20th-century American dramatic literature, theatre-in-education, applied theatre, gender in Shakespeare, film and popular culture, television studies and narratology, specifically, nonlinear narratives in film and television. Originally from Maryland, Frame lived in Boston for nine years before putting down roots in Tennessee with his wife, Kim, and their two daughters. He and his wife are members of Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene.

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Frame's diverse research interests include:
  • 20th-century American literature (particularly drama)
  • theatre-in-education (TIE)
  • applied theatre
  • gender in Shakespeare
  • popular culture
  • television studies
  • film
  • narratology, specifically, nonlinear narratives in film and television


  • Tennessee Theatre Association
  • Popular Culture Association of the South


A veteran of many stage productions both as an actor and director, Dr. Frame has presented papers on theatre, film, television, and literature at professional conferences. Since its publication in the Clemson literary journal The Upstart Crow in 1999, his essay on gender and A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been reprinted or referenced in online guides, student help websites, and critical resources. He is also the author of Intermission: Spiritual Refreshment for the Drama Ministry Team (Lillenas/NPH 2001) and co-authored Early to Rise: Sketches to Recover the Meaning of Lent and Easter (Lillenas/NPH 2003) with his wife, Kim.