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Gerland, Oliver W, III Associate Professor


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research overview

  • I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in theatre history and dramatic literature, primarily in the modern era (post-1800). I also teach a dramatic theory and criticism course. I study theater and performance in relation to U.S. copyright law. I have a new project related to the development of admission fees in U.S. and U.K. theatre. I teach courses in disability studies through the Humanities program. I have developed/directed plays with adults with developmental disabilities. I also write plays, some of which have been produced.


  • Dramatic literature, theory, and criticism, copyright, disability studies


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courses taught

  • HUMN 4050 - Representations of People with Disabilities
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Examines the representation of people with disabilities in canonical and contemporary literature and drama, and introduces students to disability theory and the history of people with disabilities.
  • THTR 1009 - Theatre and Society
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2020
    Explores the importance of telling (and listening) to stories from the stages of the world; in theatre we learn what people value in their time and place. Investigates the range of genres of theatre in today's society and how theatrical artwork is devised and presented. Ideal for non-majors.
  • THTR 1019 - Script Laboratory: Text Analysis and Practice for the Theatre
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Introduces fundamental methods of text analysis for performance. Equips theatre makers with common vocabulary and concepts to more effectively communicate when collaborating with other artists. Provides tools for analyzing any narrative art form.
  • THTR 5011 - Seminar: Theory and Criticism
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
    Studies theories and criticisms of drama and theatrical performances from Plato to post-modernism.
  • THTR 6021 - On-Stage Studies: Shakespeare
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Studies Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatic texts as playscripts for performance, with particular attention to contemporary Shakespeare criticism and landmark Shakespeare productions over the last two centuries.
  • THTR 6041 - On-Stage Studies: Global Modern Theatre
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    Studies global theatre from 1600 to 1950, with particular attention paid to critical and scholarly responses to landmark productions of classics from the period.
  • THTR 6959 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.


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