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Isaiah Wooden

Assistant Professor Department of Performing Arts

Isaiah Matthew Wooden is a director-dramaturg and Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at American University. He received his A.B. in Government from Georgetown University and earned his Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University, where his research was supported by multiple grants and awards including a Ford Foundation Fellowship. A scholar of twentieth- and twenty-first century American drama and black expressive culture, Wooden has contributed chapters, essays, reviews, and creative writing to Callaloo, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Theatre Journal, Theater, the anthologies August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle: Critical Perspective on the Plays (McFarland 2015) and Imagined Theaters: Writing for a Theoretical Stage (Routledge, forthcoming), as well as to The Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire, and PopMatters, among others. He is currently at work on a book-length study that explores the recuperative dramaturgy and aesthetics of playwright-director George C. Wolfe. He also serves as the performance review editor for Theatre Journal (2017-2019). As a director, Wooden has staged new and canonical works in both the U.S. and abroad. Some favorite projects include: Big Love by Charles L. Mee, In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Insurrection: Holding History by Robert O’Hara, Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl, Bulrusher by Eisa Davis, and Beyond My Circle, the multidisciplinary performance project that he co-devised and presented at the National Theater in Kampala, Uganda. He enjoys teaching a range of courses in the history, theory, and practice of theater at AU.


Ph.D., Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University; A.B., Government, Georgetown University

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