Dr. Rippy has been sharing her enthusiasm for drama and film with Marymount students since 1998. She works on 20th century film and drama, particularly the film maker/actor Orson Welles, and adaptations of Shakespeare, race and performance. Her research has been published in the collection Weyward Macbeth
(Palgrave 2008), in her book Orson Welles and the Unfinished RKO Projects
(U of Southern Illinois P 2009), and in the co-authored book Welles, Kursosawa, Kozintsev, Zefirreli
(Bloomsbury 2013), as well as in numerous journals. Her film reviews have appeared in The Chronicle for Higher Education
. She received an NEH "We the People" grant for her research on Welles. Currently, she is studying press accounts of the road tour of the 1936 Macbeth
as it traveled through the segregated American South, and the contributions of African drummer/choreographer Asadata Dafora to this production. She has appeared as a featured speaker at the Indie Memphis Film Festival, Yale University's "Transnational Welles" conference, Rhodes College's "Shakespeare in Color" conference, and the Orson Welles Centennial Celebration and Symposium. She also serves on the American Film Institute's screening committee for AFI Docs, acts as faculty adviser to the MU Film Club, and helped found the annual MU Film Fest in 2009.