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Dr. William Doan

Professor of Theatre and Women's Studies, Penn State University

William J. Doan holds a BA in Theatre and Communication, an MFA in Directing, and a Ph.D. in American Studies. His doctoral studies included interdisciplinary work in theatre history, American literature, and theatre and performance theory. In addition to numerous articles in scholarly journals, Doan has co-authored two books with Terry Giles, Prophets, Performance and Power, published by T&T Clark International, and Twice Used Songs: Performance Criticism of the Songs of Ancient Israel, published by Hendrickson Publishing. Their latest book on the Performed Traditions of Ruth is scheduled to go to press next spring. As a playwright, he has had two works premiere at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival and his play, Bud’s Last Prayer, was selected by the Mizzou New Play Series for a spring 2010 workshop production. He most recently published a small collection of poems, orantes linguis, with Corrupt Press, Paris, 2012. His current work includes a collaborative community based theatre project as part of an NSF grant connected to Marcellus Shale gas development and a full length solo performance piece titled Not Self Inflicted. He is a Professor of Theatre and Women’s Studies at Penn State University. He served five years as the associate dean for administration, research and graduate studies for the college and currently serves as the immediate past president of ATHE.