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THEATER DIRECTOR

OHIO UNIVERSITY CHILLICOTHE

Lance Mekeel

Lance Mekeel, PhD

Theater Director

Bennett Hall 255

T: 740.774.7209
mekeel@ohio.edu

 

Lance Mekeel, PhD hails from the Central Susquehanna Valley, Pennsylvania, in the northeastern portion of the Appalachians, so Chillicothe feels much like home to him. Having completed a B.A. in Theatre Performance at Susquehanna University in 2006, Lance and his wife, Sarah, moved to the suburbs of Philadelphia, where he received his M.A. in Theatre at Villanova University in 2008. After a year spent as production manager and technical director for a small professional theatre company outside of Philadelphia, Act II Playhouse, and as a part-time elementary school drama teacher, Lance returned to graduate school at Bowling Green State University in 2009, where he received his PhD in Theatre in the summer of 2013. From fall 2013 to this past spring, Lance served as an adjunct professor at BGSU, Ohio Northern University, and Defiance College, teaching courses in Performance Studies, Public Speaking, Composition, and Dramatic Literature. During that time he also directed plays and taught acting workshops for students grades 4-12 at Ottawa Hills Local School District, outside of Toledo.

 

Lance's dissertation focused on the process by which French avant-gardist Alfred Jarry's play Ubu Roi (1896) went from shocking and offending legitimate institutions to being studied, celebrated, and performed by those same establishments. Lance is a Certified Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique of Acting through the National Michael Chekhov Association. Other research interests include 20th acting pedagogies, effigies in contemporary sport culture, ancient Roman theatre, identity negotiations in contemporary society, among other things. He has had book and performance reviews published in Theatre History Studies and Texas Theatre Journal. Lance is excited to bring his family (wife Sarah and son Gabriel) to join such an artistically minded and supportive community in Chillicothe and Ohio University Chillicothe!