Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Janna Goodwin, Communication Department

With a PhD in Communication/Performance Studies, Dr. Goodwin synthesizes communication theory with performance arts in her classes including the RCC 430M class "Comedy, Controversy, and Dialogue."

What's the first album you bought?
The first album I loved before I was old enough to buy anything: it was the My Fair Lady Broadway album featuring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison. By the time I was seven, I had memorized every note and every lyric. For my 10th birthday, I got Herman's Hermits Hold On, much to my eternal delight. At 12, I won an LP from our local radio station, Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits, which I listened to until it wore out. When I was 14, at last, I purchased my first album, which was either Elton John's Don't Shoot Me (I'm Only the Piano Player) or Led Zeppelin IV.

Who was your first concert?
Fleetwood Mac; September 14, 1975 at the Casper, Wyoming fairgrounds. Before anybody knew who they were.

Who is an artist you enjoyed listening to when you were in college?
I loved The Who (anything they did) -- but my freshman year in college, it was Patti Smith (Because the Night) who rocked my world.

Do you play any instruments?
I can play a little of a lot of instruments (none of them very well): I can play piano, but usually don't-- and therefore have lost a lot of the instinct and flexibility I once had on that instrument. I play enough guitar to strum and sing, same with ukulele, and for a few years, I practiced percussion and can still keep a very good beat.  

Song You Can't Not Sing Along to/Go to Karaoke Song
Well, I can't not sing along to Creedence's "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" but my karaoke song last time I looked was Eminem's "Cleaning Out My Closet".

Odious Artist/Song You Just Can't Stand
No one will know who they are— but I couldn't stand The Captain and Tennille or Tony Orlando and Dawn— and I don't care much for Taylor Swift or Beyoncé.

What artists and types of music do you listen to know?
I still like the real oldies: Elvis, anything Motown, Frank Sinatra. I still love the less-oldies (Beatles. Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Creedence, The Church, Talking Heads, Sade, Eurythmics, Tom Waits) and all the others I already mentioned. More recently: The Decemberists, Neko Case, Fun, Queen Latifah, Mono, Anastasia, anything Bulgarian, DeVotchKa.

To learn more about the classes she teaches in addition to her research and publications, check out her faculty bio on the main Regis website.

Natalie Doggett