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art and performing arts educator

Michael Lee Coyan, American art and performing arts educator. Recipient Service award Miami University, 1984; Hazen Trust Fund grantee, 1973, 77.


Coyan, Michael Lee was born on December 31, 1954 in Dayton, Ohio, United States. Son of Eugene and Wilma Arlene (Surface) Coyan.


Bachelor, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1982. Master of Arts, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1985. Postgraduate, Ohio University, Athens, 1992.


Assistant to producer, director public relations Miami University Summer Theatre, 1974-1978. Assistant to public relations director, box office and house manager Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 1977-1980. Drama director, teacher Lebanon High School, Ohio, 1980-1983.

Director, instructor, advisor Miami University, 1984-1986, visiting instructor interdisciplinary studies, 1993—1994. Instructor, teaching associate Ohio University, Athens, 1989—1992. Director public relations Cincinnati Commission on the Arts, 1986-1988.

Grant writer, consultant Master of Laws Coyan & Associates, Cincinnati, since 1986. Instructor art Sinclair Community College, Dayton, since 1992. Associate professor theatre Wright State University, 1997—2000.

Professor art history Otterbein University, since 2003. Artistic director Actors Repertory Theatre, Middletown, Ohio, 1999-2001. Executive director Lebanon Regional Arts Council, 1977-1979.

Chairman mini-festivals Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1977-1983. Allocations committee-project pool Cincinnati Fine Arts Fund, 1983-1993. Lecturer Pratt Institute Venice Program, 1996.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The Lebanon Opera House, 1877-1882, 1984. Playwright: To Touch The Hem of Heaven, 2001, The Gentle Art: An Evening with Mr. Whistler, 2002.

      Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member City Council, City of Lebanon, since 1993. Theatre director Bicentennial Commission, Lebanon, 1975-1976. Trustee, treasurer Friends of the Library., Lebanon, 1978-1983.

Fellow Institute for Edwardian Studies (co-founder), Society for a British Theatre Institute. Member College Art Association, Theatre Communications Group, Ohio Theatre Alliance, Integrative Studies Institute, Phi Kappa Phi.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: antique collecting, gardening, painting, classical piano, traveling.


Eugene Coyan

Wilma Arlene (Surface) Coyan