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Kyle A. Thomas

Theatre historian, dramaturg, director, and actor.

Dr. Kyle A. Thomas is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Coordinator of the BA/BS Theatre Program at Missouri State University. Kyle holds a bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre and received his Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Illinois, where he was awarded departmental distinction for his work in dramaturgy and directing. His work centers on developing contemporary approaches for performing of medieval plays, as exemplified by his direction of the Play of Adam at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Cloisters (NYC), Babio for the Newberry Library (Chicago), and the Mellon Foundation-funded production, The Play About the Antichrist for the “Performing the Middle Ages” Symposium at the University of Illinois—not to mention the numerous collegiate productions he has directed. Kyle has synthesized much of this work in his new book (with new English translation by Carol Symes), The Play about the Antichrist (Ludus de Antichristo): A Dramaturgical Analysis, Historical Commentary, and Diplomatic Latin Edition with a New English Verse Translation. He is also the Chief Editor of the international journal, ROMARD: Research on Medieval and Renaissance Drama. Kyle’s recent professional acting credits include Moon Over Buffalo at Tent Theatre (Springfield, MO); St. Louis Stories at La Petite Theatre (New Orleans) and .ZACK (St. Louis); Gone Missing at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Urbana, IL); Kissing at New Theatre (Miami). Recent on-camera roles include the SAG short film, Red Horse; the music video Grand Bargain by the Poster Children; and as Jay Roberts in the LA Hollyshorts selection, The Karaoke Singer. Check him out on the Discovery Channel series, Mysteries of the Abandoned: Hidden America or catch him as The Theatre History Professor on YouTube. Kyle also co-hosts The Teaching Drama Podcast.

Theatre History Podcast # 13

Theatre History Podcast # 13

Staging a Medieval Play in the 21st Century with Kyle A. Thomas and Dr. Carol Symes

21 November 2016

Michael Lueger talks with Kyle A. Thomas and Dr. Carol Symes about why medieval theatre is more relevant than ever. 

Theatre in a Mobile World

Theatre in a Mobile World

Critiquing Convention and Calling for Innovation

3 June 2015

Kyle Thomas discusses the benefits of incorporating mobile platforms into theatrical performance.

Portrait of Kyle A. Thomas.
A PhD in Theater

A PhD in Theater

Working in Theory to Work in Practice

18 December 2013

Kyle A. Thomas offers a reflective overview of his concerns around pursuing a PhD in theatre.

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