DSC01064.JPGMichael J. Vetere III  is the Artistic Director for Suspended Belief Theatre and received his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Illinois State University, a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from Virginia Commonwealth University in Theatre Pedagogy and his Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) from West Virginia University in Creative Dramatics, Puppetry, and Youth Theatre. He taught and directed creative dramatics and puppetry programs in West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the DC area.

Several of Michael's performing and teaching credits include The Puppet Co., Spectrum Puppets, Milwaukee Rep, and Bread and Puppet Theatre.  He has trained at the Sandglass Theatre Puppet Intensive, Marlboro, VT; Banff Puppetry Intensive with Olde Trout Puppet Theatre, Banff, AB; and with Puppetry in Prague Workshop, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Vetere is a published author and has presented at state, regional, and national conferences on various topics including creative dramatics, puppetry, and youth theatre. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Creative Drama and Puppetry at Illinois State University.