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Scott Magelssen (he/him/his)

Head of History, Theory, and Criticism, Undergraduate Coordinator
Professor, Theatre History
Donald E. Petersen Fellow
Scott Magelssen, in the Space Shuttle simulator at the Museum of Flight

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HUT 107
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11:30am - 12:30pm MW or by appointment


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

Scott Magelssen is a Donald E. Petersen Fellow, Professor, Head of History, Theory, and Criticism, 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 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 is the Editor of Southern Illinois University Press's Theater in the Americas series and co-edits the website with Henry Bial.

Research & Creative Work

Representative Research

Courses Taught

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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