Dr. Chad Allen Thomas
Assistant Professor of English
Shakespeare & Dramatic Literature
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Morton Hall, Room 206E
Huntsville, AL 35899
EH 207: Studies in Lit & Culture I
EH 440/540: American DramaFall 2015
EH 305: Introduction to the English Studies
EH 465/565: Drama, Gender, and SexualityActing Project: TBA in Wilson Theatre
EH 210: Honors Literature II
EH 432: Shakespeare II
Directing Project: TBA in Wilson Theatre
I came to the English Department at UAH in January 2011 after a Lectureship at the University of Michigan, where I completed my dissertation, “Performing Queer Shakespeare,” in the Department of English Language and Literature in 2009. While at Michigan, I won numerous fellowships and travel awards, and I was the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Undergraduate Teacher Award given by Michigan’s Undergraduate English Association in 2005.
Previously, I earned a BFA in Theater Performance from the University of New Mexico, and completed advanced degrees from the University of North Texas in Theater (M.S., 2000) and English (M.A., 2002). While at North Texas, I co-founded Impulse Productions, a theater company in which I acted, directed, and dramaturged. Additionally, I acted for three seasons with Shakespeare in Santa Fe, playing Tybalt, Lysander, and Leontes.
Positing a connection between subjectivity and spectatorship, my research attempts to theorize the manifold responses cross-gender casting elicits from audiences and critics, especially regarding performance’s ability to open the modern stage to a historical consciousness. My scholarship has been published in Theatre Topics, 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Period, and Shakespeare on the Campus Stage (published by Cambridge University Press.) As well, I have presented papers at a number of academic conferences, including the Shakespeare Association of America, the Renaissance Society of America, the American Popular Culture Association, and Queer Studies Now.