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Dean Wilcox, Theatre History and Dramatic Literature (1999)

Dean Wilcox received his Ph.D. In Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism from the University of Washington, an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from the University of South Carolina, and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Glassboro State College (Now Rowan University). Before coming to UNCSA he taught at UCSD, Cornell University, and Texas Tech University. He has designed lights at The Little Theatre of Winston Salem; Wake Forest University Theatre; Dartmouth College; The Bathhouse Theatre in Seattle; Cornell University; Stagewest in Springfield, Mass.; Highlands Playhouse in Highlands, N.C.; and UNCSA. In addition to periodically working as a dramaturg, he has published articles and book reviews in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre Research International, and Modern Drama on such topics as: the intersection of semiotics and phenomenology, Josef Svoboda’s multimedia design for Intolleranza, the convergence of chaos theory and performance, Karen Finley’s “deconstructive” technique, ambient space in 20th-century theatre, and post-semiotic performance.

Current areas of research include: Generative Art, Deconstruction and Performance, Pragmatism and Performance Criticism.

Courses taught at UNCSA include: Theatre History, Postmodern Drama, Avant-Garde Performance, Epic Theatre, Feminist Theatre, Performance Art, The Aesthetics of Dissonance, Melodrama, and Chaos Theory and the Arts.