Sr. Germaine Corbin

Professor of Theatre

Office: 2nd Floor, EHC Theatre
Phone: (210) 829-3806

Autobiographical Sketch

Born in Chicago of Southern parents, I grew up in Louisiana. Having attended several different elementary schools, I received a scholarship to Ursuline Academy in New Orleans and graduated from there in 1954. Upon graduation I entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and studied at Incarnate Word College.

From 1957-60, I taught seventh grade at St. Mary Magdalen's Elementary School in San Antonio. Then, I went to IWC to work in the Registrar's Office and to teach part-time until I made my final vows as a CCVI in 1962. My religious superiors decided at that point that I should pursue a Master's degree in Speech and Drama at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Having obtained the MA, I returned to IWC and taught courses in English, Speech, and Drama. Then, in 1968 I enrolled in the doctoral program in theatre at the University of Illinois. My Ph.D. in Theatre, with an emphasis in American Theatre History, was awarded in June, 1971, and I returned to teaching at IWC the following fall.

When Sr. Margaret Patrice Slattery was appointed President of IWC in 1972 I became the Academic Dean and served in that capacity for four years. After a year's sabbatical in a contemplative House of Prayer in south Texas, I transferred religious communities and went to the Carmelite Monastery in Cleveland, Ohio.

However in 1980, my parents’ illness caused me to return to Texas. Then I was assigned to being a caregiver for my elderly parents in New Orleans. Upon their deaths I returned to San Antonio and returned to teaching in the Theatre Department. In 1996 I founded the Extended Run Players, a readers’ theatre company that performs both on and off campus. Since 2005 I have been semi-retired, while continuing to direct the Extended Run Players.


B.F.A. degree — English/Speech, Incarnate Word College, 1962
M.A. degree – Drama/English, Catholic University of America, 1964
Ph.D. degree – Theatre, University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, 1971


Part Time Instructor of English, Incarnate Word College (San Antonio, TX), 1960-62
Full Time Instructor of English/Speech, Incarnate Word College, 1964-68
Part Time Instructor of Drama, University of Illinois (Champaign, IL), 1970-71
Assistant Professor, Incarnate Word College, 1970-72
Visiting Professor of Drama, Our Lady of the Lake College, (San Antonio, TX) 1972-73
Visiting Professor of English, Dominican College, (New Orleans, LA) 1983
Part Time Professor of Drama, Incarnate Word College, Summer 1988
Professor of Theatre Arts/Speech, University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX), 1992-2003
Semi-retired, Adjunct Professor of Theatre Arts/Speech, University of the Incarnate Word, 2004-present

Selected Professional Experiences

Chair of the Incarnate Word Drama Department, 1964-68, 1970-72, 1999-2000
Director of the Incarnate Word Touring Repertory Company, 1966-68 and 1970-72
Academic Dean of Incarnate Word College, 1972-76
Director of the Extended Run Players, 1996—present

Membership in Professional Organizations

American Alliance for Theatre Education
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Texas Educational Theatre Association
American Theatre Research Society
National Association for the Preservation of Storytelling
Senior Theatre League of America

Selected Presentations and Awards

  • “Mentoring New Faculty: Teaching What You Know vs. Stimulating Learning”
    Association of Theatre in Higher Education, August, 2001
  • “Performing Readers’ Theatre with an Inter-generational Cast”, Association of Theatre
    in Higher Education, August, 2001
  • Title V Research Grant, 2001-02
  • “Yellow Rose of Texas Education Award”, by the Business and Professional Women’s Club of San Antonio, October 2002
  • “The Value of Using Oral History”, Senior Theatre League Festival, 2004
  • “Transforming Life-writing and Oral History into Dynamic Performances”, Association
    of Theatre in Higher Education, August, 2006