"The future is driven by light!" (Picasso at the Lapin Agile)

Dr. Chad Allen Thomas
Assistant Professor of English
Shakespeare & Dramatic Literature
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Morton Hall, Room 241A
Huntsville, AL 35899
Dr. Thomas on stage:

Bianca (Megan Tompkins) and Baptista
The Taming of the Shrew
(Huntsville, 2014)

Joe Keller
All My Sons
(Huntsville, 2013)

As You Like It
(Brno, Czech Republic, 2000)
Romeo and Juliet
(Shakespeare in Santa Fe, 1994)

Current and Upcoming Teaching Assignments & Creative Projects

Fall 2015

EH 305: Introduction to the English Studies
EH 465/565: Drama, Gender, and Sexuality
Directing Project: The Laramie Project in Wilson Theatre

Spring 2016

EH 210: Honors Literature II
EH 660: Shakespeare Seminar: Critical Approaches to Later Plays
Acting Project: TBA in Wilson Theatre

Summer 2016

EH 207: Studies in Lit & Culture I
EH 465/565: Dramatic Literature

Background & Research Interests

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 Shakespeare Bulletin, Comparative DramaTheatre Topics, 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Period, and the essay collection 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.

Selected Creative Activity

Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2015

Director, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2014

Touchstone, As You Like It, Rocket City Shakespeare, Huntsville, 2014

Dramaturge, As You Like It, Rocket City Shakespeare, Huntsville, 2014

Baptista, The Taming of the Shrew, Rocket City Shakespeare, Huntsville, 2014

Joe Keller, All My Sons, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2013

Director, The Tempest, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2012

Director, The Comedy of Errors, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2011

Orestes, script adaptor, and dramaturge, The Electra Project, University of Michigan, 2003

Co-founder and co-artistic director, Impulse Productions, Dallas, 1999-2001

Director, Laughing Wild, Impulse Productions, Dallas, 2001

Dramaturge, Hot and Throbbing, Impulse Productions, Dallas, 2000

Jacques, As You Like It, University of North Texas, 2000 

Dr. Rance, What the Butler Saw, University of North Texas, 1998

Leontes, The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare in Santa Fe, 1995

Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare in Santa Fe, 1994

Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare in Santa Fe, 1993