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Dr. Christopher J Mitchell

Dr. Christopher J Mitchell

Professor and Interim Associate Dean of CAH

Office: CAH Deans' Office, 2216 - Doudna Fine Arts Center
Phone: 217-581-2922
Fax: 217-581-7085
Email: cjmitchell@eiu.edu
Website: http://ux1.eiu.edu/~cjmitchell/

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, Lonely Planet (2014), 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 2014-2018 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.

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Frequently Taught Courses

THA 2140G: Introduction to Theatre and 2190G: Introduction to Theatre, Honors
THA 2258: Script Analysis
THA 3751G: Origins of European Theatre (formerly "Theatre History I")
THA 3752G: European and US Theatre, 1660-present (formerly "Theatre History II")
THA 3754G: Theatre and Film
THA 3755G: African-American Theatre: Historical and Contemporary
THA 3757G: Contemporary World Theatre
THA 3758G: Topics in World Theatre History
THA 3800: Dramaturgy

FILM 3759G: History of Cinema

WST 2309: Women, Men, and Culture


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

Speakers Bureau

For more information, please visit the Speakers Bureau Webpage.

History of Theatre, Film, and general entertainment trends in Europe and the US in the 19th and 20th centuries History of Feminist movements in Europe and the US in the 19th and 20th centuries


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