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Matthew Cornish

Assistant Professor of Theater History

013 Kantner Hall
(740) 593-4818

Matthew Cornish

Assistant Professor of Theater History

Matt Cornish is Assistant Professor of Theater History and Director of Studies for the Honors Tutorial College programs in theater. As a scholar and teacher, Matt is interested in the intersections of theater and performance studies, history, and philosophy. A specialist in German-language theater, his first book is Performing Unification: History and Nation in German Theater after 1989 (U. of Michigan Press, 2017). He has also edited a collection by five of the most prominent theater groups working in Germany, including Gob Squad and Rimini Protokoll, titled Everything and Other Performance Texts from Germany (Seagull Books, expected spring 2018). In current projects, he is exploring questions about postdramatic theater and form, text in non-text-based theater, and Turkish-German theater.

Matt’s essays have appeared in Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Performance Research, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, TheatreForum, TDR: The Drama Review, and Theater. As a critic and journalist, he contributes to leading German theater magazine Theater der Zeit, and he has also published in n+1 OnlinePublic Books, and the New Haven Review. His research has been supported by a Fulbright Research Fellowship and a DAAD Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, both at the Institut für Theaterwissenschaft at the Freie Universität Berlin.

As a dramaturg, Matt has worked at Tantrum Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, and Son of Semele, and with IAMA Theatre Company. He dramaturgs productions at Ohio University, mentors student dramaturgs, and helps to lead educational outreach efforts in rural areas around Athens.

He has taught in the past at Yale College, Yale School of Drama, and Mount Holyoke College.

Educational Background:

Doctor of Fine Arts, Yale School of Drama; Master of Fine Arts, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Yale School of Drama; Bachelor of Arts, Theater, German, and Philosophy, University of Denver