Drew Chappell is Instructional Assistant Professor in Theatre, where he teaches foundational courses as well as Theatre Management and a First Year Foundations Course in Fantasy and Science Fiction on the page and in performance.
Dr. Chappell earned his BA in history from UC San Diego, and then decided to shift his focus to theatre for graduate study. He earned his MFA in Applied Theatre and Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas at Austin and his PhD in Theatre from Arizona State University.
His research interests are in the areas of play as performance, as well as curriculum development. His two published books are: Children Under Construction: Critical Essays on Play as Curriculum (Peter Lang) and Play, Performance, and Identity: How Institutions Structure Ludic Spaces (Routledge). He has written articles on topics such as the Federal Theatre Project, photography as research method, and Harry Potter as postmodern narrative.
Dr. Chappell’s creative/practice interests are in new play development and theatre education. Highlights from his playwriting include a performance at the Kennedy Center, a workshop with Ophelia’s Jump Productions, and commissions from Utah Valley University. Dr. Chappell has also taught educational theatre residencies at all levels K-12 including on a Pima reservation in Arizona, as well as serving as director of a summer theatre camp.