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Anne Fletcher

Anne Fletcher, Professor of Theatre History/Dramaturgy

Dr. Fletcher is the author of Rediscovering Mordecai Gorelik: Scene Design and the American Theatre (SIU Press, 2009) and co-author (with Scott R. Irelan and Julie Felise Dubiner) of The Process of Dramaturgy: A Handbook (Focus Publishing, 2010), the forthcoming introduction to the theatre text, Experiencing Theatre, with Scott R. Irelan, and a volume on American playwrights of the 1930s for a Methuen series edited by Brenda Murphy and Julia Listengarten. She is currently at work (with Dr. Cheryl Black from the University of Missouri) on a book on the Theatre Union, the first professional workers theatre company in the US.

Dr. Fletcher’s work has appeared in journals including Theatre Symposium, The Eugene O’Neill Review, Theatre History Studies, and the New England Theatre Journal. She has chapters in Thornton Wilder: New Perspectives, edited by Jackson Bryer and Lincoln Konkle, the Blackwell Companion to American Drama, edited by David Krasner, Experimenters, Rebels, and Disparate Voices, edited by Arthur Gerwitz and James Kolb; Interrogating America through Theatre and Performance, edited by Iris Smith Fischer and William W. Demastes; Brecht, Broadway, and United States Theatre, edited by Chris Westgate; The Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, edited by Gabrielle Cody and Evert Sprinchorn; Death in American Texts and Performances: Corpses, Ghosts, and the Reanimated Dead, edited by Mark Pizzato and Lisa Perdigao.

She teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in Theatre History, American Theatre History, Contemporary Developments, Dramaturgy, and Special Topics. She also supervises the design and delivery of Theatre Insight (THEA101), SIU’s multi-section, introductory level CORE Curriculum course for non-majors, grounded in Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and principles of constructivist education, and in the notion of “teaching to the season,” with students reading and applying concepts studied in class to their viewing of SIU productions.

Winner of both the SIU College of Liberal Arts and University Distinguished Teacher Awards (2013), the CORE Curriculum Instructor of the Year Award 2009-2010, and the Winthrop University Phi Kappa Phi Chapter’s 1999 Teaching Award, she has extensive experience in theatre pedagogy, frequently presenting nationally on teaching strategies and theatre assessment. Her chapter (with Dr. Seymour Simmons from Winthrop University), “Creativity, Collaboration, and the Ideas of Howard Gardner for Education in the Arts & Teacher Preparation” is forthcoming in Arts Integration in Education: Teachers as Agents of Change, edited by Gail Humphries Mardirosian and Yvonne Pelletier Lewis.

She has served as Book Review Editor for Theatre Topics, was Co-Chair of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s Subcommittee on Pedagogy, Chair of ATHE’s National Book Award Committee (2014), has served as a member of the guest editorial board for the Journal of American Drama and Theatre, representing the American Theatre and Drama Association, and is currently on the editorial board for Theatre Annual. She remains active in the American Society for Theatre Research, ATHE, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, and ATDS as a member of the Executive Board.

Anne Fletcher
Phone: 618-453-7594
Office: Comm 1035A


AB Drama, Vassar College
MA Theatre Education, Emerson College
PhD Theatre History, Tufts University


Theatre History, Dramaturgy, American Theatre, American Political Theatre, Contemporary Developments

Research and Creative Interests

American Theatre 1920s and 1930s, Dramaturgy