People: Faculty and Staff

Rick Jones


Dramatic Writing/History/Theory: Professor, Theatre History and Criticism

  • Ph.D., Theatre and Film, University of Kansas (1999)
  • M.A., Drama and Theatre Arts, University of Birmingham, UK (1978)
  • A.B., Drama, Dartmouth College (1977)

Dr. Jones teaches Play Analysis (beginning and advanced), the two-course Theatre History sequence, and topics courses (recent examples: Asian Theatre, The American Theatre and the Vietnam War, and Non-Realism between the Wars). He also organizes and leads the School of Theatre’s biennial Study Abroad program in Ireland. He received the Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Fine Arts in 2007.

Rick has worked as an actor, director, dialect coach, dramaturg, and translator in seven states and two foreign countries. His most recent SFA directing credits include Blood Wedding, Godspell, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Three Sisters, The Uninvited, The Breasts of Tiresias, Woyzeck, and “Master Harold”... and the boys. He also appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in the School of Music’s production of La Périchole.

He has published articles, chapters, reviews and interviews in books and journals devoted to African-American literature, Asian culture, classics and the classical tradition, Irish studies, modernism, pedagogy, and world history and literature, as well as in such journals as the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, New England Theatre Journal, Theatre InSight, Theatre Journal, and Theatre Survey, among others.

Dr. Jones has presented over 40 scholarly papers at regional, national and international conferences, including, among others, the American Conference for Irish Studies, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Comparative Drama Conference, Conference on the Reception of Classical Texts (Milton Keynes, UK), International Society for the Classical Tradition, Mid-America Theatre Conference, Millennium Responses: (Dis)Placing Classical Greek Theatre (Thessaloniki, Greece), SETC Symposium, and Southeastern Theatre Conference.

He has been especially active in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE); he has held the two highest offices in the Theatre History Focus Group and served on the Executive Committees of the Directing and Theatre as a Liberal Art Focus Groups. He has chaired ATHE’s Nominations and Strategic Planning Committees, and has also held leadership positions on the Advocacy and Professional Development Committees. He served on the Research and Publications Committee for four years and on the Conference Committee.

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