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Neil Blackadder

Professor and Chair of Theatre

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7502

nblackad@​knox.edu

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Meet the Faculty in Theatre

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7502

nblackad@knox.edu

"My recent work focuses above all on the translation of contemporary drama, mostly from German, also from French. My translation of Swiss playwright Lukas Bärfuss' The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents has been produced in London and New York, and in 2011 I received grants from PEN and from the Howard Foundation to translate several more plays by Bärfuss. Early in 2014, Red Tape Theatre in Chicago will premiere my translation of hamlet is dead. no gravity by the Austrian writer Ewald Palmetshofer. Other playwrights whose work I've translated include Rebekka Kricheldorf, whose Rosa and Blanca I directed at Knox in 2008. Meanwhile, I continue to pursue research as a theatre historian, particularly in the area addressed by my 2003 book - the composition and behavior of theatre audiences."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7306

emetz@knox.edu

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7330

schoma@knox.edu

"I am a theatrical designer, and my art is the art of making the story visible, meaningful and resonant with an audience. I am a storyteller. The set, or environment, the lighting and the costumes, become their own characters; physical manifestations of the themes, ideas and metaphors contained within the story, with a visual language designed to evoke empathy in its viewers. When functioning properly, the audience gives in to the willing suspension of disbelief, allowing themselves to be fully immersed in the story being told. Everyone in that room is on a journey, in real time, through a series of events that will be "discovered" together as the story unfolds. There is a relationship that develops, crucial to the communal nature of theatre. Making an audience laugh or cry is a profound experience of shared humanity, being present together in a shared empathetic moment."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7329

jgrace@knox.edu

"My main area of interest is the representation of homosexual visibility on stage. My research examines how playwrights at the Caffe Cino, a small New York coffeehouse that pioneered the 1960s Off-Off-Broadway movement, presented homosexual characters in their plays. This research interweaves social and cultural history with themes of sexual identity to expose how topics of gender expression, social oppression, communication codes, camp perception, and characteristics of affirmation coalesced around textual bodies of performance in the 1960s, thereby facilitating explicit homosexual diversity on stage."

Distinguished Writer-in-Residence

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7359

rhelleng@knox.edu

"I'm very interested in the nature of literary experience, which is affective as well as interpretative. What is this experience like? Why do we value it so highly? The heavy emphasis we place on interpretation has pushed questions about the affective dimension of literary experience to the periphery of literary studies. I'd like to nudge them a little closer to the center."

Lecturers

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7808

mshively@knox.edu

Emeritus Faculty

Ivan H. Davidson
Professor Emeritus of Theatre

Robert C. Whitlatch
Robert M. & Katherine Arnold Seeley Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theatre

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