Dean Wilcox

Dean Wilcox teaches Theatre/Performance/History/Criticism, Dramatic Literature and Humanities courses in the Division of Liberal Arts, where he has been a faculty member since 1999. He served as dean of Liberal Arts from 2011-21, before returning to teaching full-time. Of his teaching style, he says, "I prepare my students to stand out from other professionals in their fields by encouraging them to be curious, open to new experiences, not afraid to try new ideas and to become life-long learners."

I am committed to educating students to understand that theory and practice are not mutually exclusive, but philosophically intertwined.

Dean Wilcox

Career Highlights

  • Having a student excitedly tell him that she heard someone quote his article "What Does Chaos Theory Have to do With Art?" in a conference presentation
  • Working as an Advisor and Collaborator on Gerald Freedman's 2009 production of "Saint Joan"
  • Designing lights for a production of "Equus" in 2006 with UNCSA emeritus faculty Mark Pirolo and David E. Smith
  • Having the opportunity to run sound and video for Karen Finley's presentation of "American Chestnut" at Cornell University in 1996
  • Spending a month with the SITI Company studying the Suzuki Method and Viewpoints in the summer of 2016
  • Participating in a workshop with members of Meredith Monk's Vocal Ensemble, January 2020


Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory, and CriticismThe University of Washington School of Drama

M.F.A. Lighting DesignThe University of South Carolina

B.A. Theatre ArtsRowan University, formerly Glassboro State College