Mark Cosdon

Professional Title



Broadway musicals, Italian Travel, Popular Entertainment, The American Stage


B.A., Colby College; M.A., Ph.D, Tufts University

Mark Cosdon's areas of research include the contemporary American musical, the history of popular entertainments, and physical comedy.  His book The Hanlon Brothers:  From Daredevil Acrobatics to Spectacle Pantomime, 1833-1931 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 has consulted on a number of films and television productions, including Boardwalk Empire, Water for Elephants, The Illusionist, NBC Dateline, and Who Do You Think You Are?  From 2011-2014 Cosdon served as the President of the American Theatre and Drama Society, an international organization with over 300 members.