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Dr. Zackary  Ross

Dr. Zackary Ross


Office: 2421 - Doudna Fine Arts Center
Phone: 217-581-5924
Email: zpross@eiu.edu
Website: http://zackaryross.com/

Dr. Zackary Ross is thrilled to join the faculty at EIU this year. Zack has a doctorate in Theatre from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree in Educational Theatre from New York University, and is an honors graduate of Lewis and Clark College’s theatre department in Portland, Oregon.
In addition to his experience as an educator, Zack is an active theatre artist. As a director, his most recent productions include Tennessee Williams' short play Adam and Eve on a Ferry, John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, Richard Greenberg's Three Days of Rain, and Charles L. Mee's Orestes 2.0. As and actor, he has appeared most recently in Wait Until Dark, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind by the Neo-Futurists, The Actor’s Nightmare, and The Dairy of Anne Frank. His dramaturgy credits include The Illusion freely adapted from Pierre Corneille’s L’Illusion Comique by Tony Kushner, Iphigenia and Other Daughters by Ellen McLaughlin, and Buried Child by Sam Shepard. This spring, he will direct Tony Kushner's adaptation of The Good Person of Szechwan at EIU.

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Current Syllabi

Frequently Taught Courses

  • THA 2140G: Introduction to Theatre
  • THA 2258: Script Analysis
  • THA 3751G: Theatre History I
  • THA 3752G: Theatre History II
  • THA 3756: Twentieth-Century Theatre
  • Dramaturgy


  • Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Theatre)
  • Graduate Minor in Cinema Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A. New York University (Educational Theatre)
  • B.A. Lewis & Clark College (Theatre)


  • 20th Century Dramatic Literature
  • Theatrical Adaptation
  • Theatre and Trauma
  • Classical Tragedy
  • Early Modern Drama
  • Theatre and Social Change
  • Educational Theatre Practices
  • Feminist Theatre
  • Brechtian Aesthetics

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