Anne B. Shumadine Dean of the Batten Honors College

Dr. Travis Malone
Anne B. Shumadine Dean of the Batten Honors College

Dr. Joyce EasterDr. Travis Malone is Dean of the Batten Honors College of Virginia Wesleyan University. He holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from Bowling Green State University, a master’s from Kansas State University and a bachelor’s from Sterling College.

Dr. Malone was the inaugural Dean of the Susan S. Goode School of Arts and Humanities at Virginia Wesleyan and was instrumental in the design and construction of the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center, which opened on campus in 2019. His previous roles at the University include Humanities Division Chair and Coordinator of the Theatre Department. In addition, he teaches courses in Directing, Technical Theatre, Acting, Theatre of Diversity, Acting for the Camera, Theatre History, and study away courses in Theatre.

As a theatre and film professional, Dr. Malone has directed and acted in productions across the country. He worked in Los Angeles writing television commercials for Disney, Fox, and Rhino Records; producing music videos for Disney; and developing creative content for DVDs and trade show promotions. A proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society, he continues to act and direct in the Hampton Roads area. His main research areas include the intersection between film and theatre, musicals on stage and screen, film and theatre-going culture, leadership studies, and performance studies.

Dr. Malone lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Becky, and their three children.