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Christopher Mitchell

Professor of Theatre Arts (Theatre History/Literature)

A native of both the DC area and east-central Pennsylvania, Dr. Mitchell brings a dual background of scientific and artistic training to the table.  As a member of EIU's theatre faculty since 2001, he primarily teaches the theatre history/literature sequence of courses in the department.  He has published and presented both internationally and nationally in his primary area of research expertise, the plays of August Strindberg.  He is an active director and dramaturg, participating in many University Theatre productions, including, recently, I Don't Have to Show You No Stinking Badges! (2013),  A Strindberg Café (2012), Volpone (2011) and Tartuffe (2011).  [Production photos]  Dr. Mitchell is also a proud affiliate faculty member of the Women's Studies, Film Studies, and Asian Studies programs, and remains active teaching and writing in those areas as well.  He is also an affiliated faculty member of the EIU Center for the Humanities.

During 2014-2015 Dr. Mitchell is serving as Interim Associate Dean of Eastern's College of Arts and Humanities; his office is relocated to the Deans' Suite of the Doudna Fine Arts Center for that period.  New THA faculty member Dr. Zackary Ross will be teaching the Theatre History sequence of courses during this period.

Areas of Expertise

  • Gender Issues
  • History
  • Television
  • Theatre
  • Women's Issues


B.S., Physics, Georgetown University, 1994
M.A., Theatre History/Theory/Criticism, The Catholic University of America, 1996
Ph.D., Theatre History/Theory/Criticism, University of Georgia, 1999
Graduate Certificate, Women's Studies, University of Georgia, 1999

Research Interests

Plays of August Strindberg
Scandinavian Theatre, Film, and Culture
Gender Studies, Feminist Performance, Feminist Theory, Feminist Pedagogy
19th and 20th Century European/American Theatre History (as well as connections to broader historical trends in these eras)
Intersections of Science, Technology, and the Arts; Interactive Performance

Contact Information

Phone: 217-581-2922