Communications & Theatre Arts Faculty:

Dr. Robert Arnett
Director of Film and Video Studies
Associate Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts/Film Studies

David Mallin
Director of Film Studies
Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts


Stephen Pullen
Associate Professor of Communication & Theatre Arts/Film Studies

Steve Pullen began his theatre and film education at Brigham Young Univesity and he went on to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art under West End director, Roger Clisshold, Donmar Warehouse founder, Brian Astbury and voice coaches Barbara Berkerey and Pamela Barnard. His original stageplay, "Hombre y Hombre" was selected by the Questor's Theatre of Hammersmith as one of its "Best New Plays" and received a production at this West End theatre under the direction of patron Dame Judi Dench. He has a Masters in Fine Arts in Film Directing and Production from the University of Southern California and was awarded the coveted Jack Nicholson Award for Excellence in Directing. Since graduation from USC Mr. Pullen has worked as a writer/producer in Los Angeles for the past 8 years.

Mr. Pullen has worked as a development writer at MGM, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros., and Fox. His projects include WITHOUT A PRAYER (developed for Jamie Foxx and Robert De Niro), BRIDGE AND TUNNEL (developed for Ray Romano & Kevin James), CREATION (developed for Kenneth Branagh), THE INNOCENTS (developed for The American Indian Filmmaker's Alliance), WINTER OF THE HOLY IRON (developed for Amerind Entertainment) and DAKOTA SPRINGS (developed for Bob Shayne Entertainment).He has relationships with all major studios and with dozens of independent production companies .


Keith Flippen
Adjunct Faculty/ Film Studies

Keith Flippen is a professional film, television, and voiceover actor with 20 years of experience and teaches courses in Voice, Dialects, and Acting for the Camera.
Shortly after he graduated from Virginia Tech with BA in Theatre Arts, Keith Flippen participated in a Soviet-American Actor Exchange program at the National Theater Institute in Connecticut in 1990. Upon his return to Virginia Beach from the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre Music and Film, Mr. Flippen appeared in a number of critically acclaimed roles in local and regional theatre and in early 1992, booking his first major television job on CBS's The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles .

That fall , Mr. Flippen returned to Russia as the U.S. Administrator of the Russian American Theatre for several months working in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Minsk to produce plays for children in the country of Byelorus. Mr. Flippen's film credits include The Wire (HBO), American Gothic (CBS), Minority Report, Dawson's Creek (WB), Surface (NBC), Virus , as well as the Emmy Award winning From the Earth to the Moon (miniseries) and Iron Jawed Angels , both for HBO. Recently, Mr. Flippen appeared in ABC's Same as it Never Was with Lacey Chabert and Wendi Malik as well as in CBS's Heartless with Melanie Griffith and Esai Morales. Mr. Flippen has just finished shooting Ruffian for ABC/ESPN with Sam Shepard which will air on ABC in July 2007. Over the years Mr. Flippen has been a talent agent, produced television commercials, theatre administrator, professional dialect coach, and is currently owner of The Actors' Place, Inc., a private acting school in VA Beach.

Lee Smith
Adjunct Faculty/Digital Filmmaking

Foreign Languages Facutly:

Dr. Frederick A. Lubich
Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages

Dr. Frederick A. Lubich is the Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Old Dominion University as well as organizer of its annual international conference on foreign languages, literatures and cultures. He received his Staatsexamen in Germanistik and Anglistik from the University of Heidelberg, Germany in 1977, his MA in American Studies from Cornell University in 1978, and his Ph.D. in German from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1983. Dr. Lubich has authored over 35 scholarly articles and 3 books in both German and English including Max Frischs 'Stiller', 'Homo Faber' und 'Mein Name sei Gantenbein' - Modellanalysen zur deutschen Literatur.
Dr. Lubich's film work includes supporting role and language consultant for the documentaries Daring Capers: Tunneling the Berlin Wall (2000) and Flight From Justice (2001), both for Discovery Channel, National Cable TV; German voice over for the theater play And Then They Came for Me, Remembering the World of Anne Frank (New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education); poetry published in over 20 literary journals & anthologies, staged as cabaret and set to music (LP Earl Records, Vienna); also translations of film scripts for German-American co-productions as well as of Yoko Ono’s rock musical New York Opera for its German premiere.

Dr. Heidi Schlipphacke
Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages/Film Studies

Dr. Schlipphacke received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1999. She teaches courses in German and European Studies in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Old Dominion University and she organizes the German Film Series. She has published articles on the family and gender in the German Enlightenment, Germany and France, and issues of gender and aesthetics in writings by the Frankfurt School philosopher Teodor Adomo. She is currently working on a book on female masochism in German literature. Dr. Schlipphacke teaches New German Film: Beyond Fascism and Understanding European Cinema in the area of film and video studies.


Dr. Peter Schulman
Associate Professor of Foreign Languages/Film Studies


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