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Scott Magelssen (he/him/his)

Head of Theatre History and Performance Studies, Undergraduate Coordinator
Professor, Theatre History
Donald E. Petersen Endowed Professor
Scott Magelssen

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Ph. D. University of Minnestota
MA University of Minnesota
BA Augsburg College, Minneapolis

Scott Magelssen is Donald E. Petersen Endowed Professor, Head of Theatre History and Performance Studies, and Undergraduate Coordinator in the School of Drama. He holds a PhD in Theatre History, Theory, and Dramatic Literature from the University of Minnesota, and teaches Theatre History and Performance Studies. His most recent book, Performing Flight: From the Barnstormers to Space Tourism, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2020. He is co-editing a collection of essays entitled Enveloping Worlds: Toward a Discourse of Immersive Performance with Elizabeth Hunter (Washington University in St. Louis), under contract with Michigan. And he's working on a book about spectators' encounters with dinosaurs starting in the nineteenth century. Scott is the author of Simming: Participatory Performance and the Making of Meaning (2014) and Living History Museums (2007), and co-editor of Enacting History (2011), Theatre Historiography: Critical Interventions (2010), and Querying Difference in Theatre History (2007). He co-edits the website theater-historiography.org with Henry Bial.

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Additional Courses

Spring 2017 - Museum 558, Museum Theatre and Performance

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Professional Affiliations: 
American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR); Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC); American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS); Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE); International Museum Theatre Alliance (IMTAL)

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