Currently the Theatre Historian and Head of Directing at WIU, Hadley Kamminga-Peck completed her PhD in theatre history and criticism at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015. She received her BA in drama and Italian from Colorado College and her master's degree in acting from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, she worked in the Education Department for the Guthrie Theater before moving to Colorado. Hadley taught at CU Boulder and the University of Northern Colorado, while also working for the Chancellor at CU.
Artistically, she directed for the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Obscene/Courageous Theatre Company, and dramaturged for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival from 2011-2018. Her productions focus on a continuously deepening understanding of the text, using a hybrid period and contemporary aesthetic to find new meaning in old texts. Hadley has also house managed for CSF, the Department of Theatre & Dance at CU Boulder, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and served as a teaching artist for CSF. She is a professor, Shakespeare nerd, director, dramaturg, and performer (from Elizabethan verse to transnational fusion).