Scott Proudfit

Assistant Professor of English
Alamance Building 303D
2338 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6409

Brief Biography

Research and Teaching Fields

20th-Century Drama/Theatre/Performance (American, European, British), 20th-Century American and World Literature, Early Modern Drama/Theatre (especially Shakespeare), Performance Theory, Dramatic Criticism, Directing/Acting (Viewpoints/Composition, Commedia)


Ph.D. in English, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2008 (Major field of study: Drama in English)

M.A. in English, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2004

B.A. in English/B.A. in Theater (Cum Laude), Columbia University, New York, NY, 1993

Employment History

Former Academic Positions

    Assistant Professor, University of Houston-Downtown, 2009-2010

    Visiting Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, 2008-2009


Professional Writing Experience

    Managing Editor, Back Stage West, Los Angeles, CA, 1998-2003

    Writer, Walt Disney Imagineering, Glendale, CA, 1996-1997

    Copy Editor, Back Stage, New York, NY, 1995-1996

    Assistant Editor, Town Brook Press (div. of Marvel Comics), New York, NY, 1994-1995

    Administrator/Grant Writer, Irondale Ensemble Project, New York, NY, 1994-1995

Courses Taught

Elon University

    "Modern Drama," Fall 2011

    "Advanced World Literature: Post-Colonialism," Fall 2011

    “20th-Century American Drama: Realism,” Fall 2010

    “American Literature II: Archetypes and Invisibles,” Fall 2010 and Spring 2011

    “College Writing,” Fall 2010 and Spring 2011

University of Houston-Downtown

    “Studies in Drama: Theatre and Other Worlds,” Fall 2009 and Spring 2010

    “American Literature After 1865,” Fall 2009 and Spring 2010

    “Composition I,” Fall 2009 and Spring 2010

Northwestern University

    “Introductory Seminar in Reading and Interpretation,” Fall 2008

    “The Comedy of Manners: Restoration, Wilde, Orton, and LaBute,” Fall 2008

    “Theatre of the Absurd,” Winter 2009, Spring 2009

    “Revenge Tragedy: Medea Through Carrie,” Winter 2009

    “Virtue in Vice: The Morality Play’s Impact on Renaissance Drama,” Summer 2009

    “20th-Century American Drama: Challenging Authority,” Winter 2007


Conference Papers

“Framework for Change: How the SITI Company Recomposed the L.A. Theatre Landscape,” American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Conference working group, the History of Collective Creation, Seattle, WA, 2010
“Hard Feelings: The Living Theatre’s Move From Empathy to Insult,” ASTR Conference working session, Unsettling Intentions: Activism and the Limits of Empathy, Boston, MA, 2008
“Less Talk-Back, More Action: Audience Participation in Cornerstone Theater Company’s Zones,” (How) Does Activist Performance Work? seminar, ASTR Conference, Phoenix, AZ, 2007
“Conversations With the Audience: BOTHarts’ Dreamplay and Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992,Collaborative Creation as Modeled Community seminar, ASTR Conference, Chicago, IL, 2006
“Copy as Original: Miriam Walsh’s Playbill Portraits,” Feminist Historiography Research Group, ASTR Conference, Toronto, Canada, 2005
“Imagining Past Heterosexuality: Mainstream (Mis)Readings of Lesbian Performance,” Vanguard Sex seminar, ASTR Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2004

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