Years at UCF: 1999-present
Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Theatre: 2001-present
Ph.D. from: University of Michigan, 1996
As a scholar and theatre practitioner, I have integrated research with creative work, successfully balancing my publication activities with directing plays. During my years at UCF, I have completed 3 books, published scholarly articles in refereed publications, presented academic papers and convened panels at international, national, and regional conferences, directed peer reviewed productions, and collaborated on new play development both internationally and regionally. I am a recipient of TIP (2005 and 2011), RIA (2011) and Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award (2011, both at the College and University levels). The students who I have taught and mentored won prestigious awards at major theatre competitions, completed internships at nationally recognized theatres, pursued their further graduate education, and secured professional employment at nationally prominent theatre companies and educational organizations.
Through my recent books–Theater of the Avant-Garde; 1950-2000: A Critical Anthology (with Knopf; Yale UP, 2011) and Playing with Theory in Theatre Practice (with Alrutz and Wood; Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)–I have contributed to the current discourse in avant-garde studies and fostered productive dialogues between research/theory and practice. As a theatre practitioner, I have received national recognition for my directing from Kennedy Center/American Theatre College Festival (KC/ACTF) in Washington, D.C. At UCF, I have directed over 15 productions, 2 of which received “Excellence in Directing” from KC/ACTF; additionally, my productions of Jose Rivera’s Marisol and August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean were selected by a KC/ACTF peer review committee to perform at the regional theatre festivals in Greensboro, NC (February 2009) and Daytona Beach, FL (February, 2011).