Title: Associate Professor
Department: Communication Arts/Theatre
Degrees: B.A., Colby College; M.A., Ph.D, Tufts University
Phone: (814) 332-2304
Office Location: VCCA 311
Others by Appointment
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Mark Cosdon’s areas of research include the contemporary American stage, the history of popular entertainments, and physical comedy. His book The Hanlon Brothers: From Daredevil Acrobatics to Spectacle Pantomime, 1833 – 1931 (Theatre in the Americas Series, Southern Illinois University Press) studies a protean family of nineteenth-century performers renowned for an array of aerial, gymnastic, and pantomime specialties. He has also published articles in the Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre History Studies, Theatre Research International, Asian Theatre Journal, and Theatre InSight. Cosdon’s essays are included in the anthologies China’s Greatest Operatic Male Actor of Female Roles: Documenting the Life and Art of Mei Lanfang, 1894-1961 (edited by Min Tian, Mellon Press) and Pantomime et théâtre du corps. Transparence et opacité du hors-texte (edited by Arnaud Rykner, Presses Universitaires de Rennes). Cosdon has presented papers at recent meetings of the American Society for Theatre Research, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, and the Popular Culture Association. Mark Cosdon is the President of the American Theatre and Drama Society, an international organization with nearly 300 members.