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Dr. Andrew Chappell

Assistant Professor
Theatre Studies
College of Performing Arts; Department of Theatre
Expertise: Theatre Education; Theatre for Youth; Theatre Management
Office Location: Moulton Hall 210
Phone: (714) 628-7330
First-year Foundations Program
University of California, San Diego, Bachelor of Arts
The University of Texas At Austin, Master of Fine Arts
Arizona State University, Ph.D.


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.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Drew Chappell, Jocelyn Buckner, and Malvika Lankalingam. “Teaching Worldmindendess in a Mixed Majors and Non-Majors World Theatre Course: The Work of Rabindranath Tagore Explored Through Third Culture Classroom Spaces.” Theatre Topics 28:1, 2018
Time Mirrors, Utah Valley University (playwright)
*Sharon Verner Chappell and Drew Chappell. “Building Social Inclusion through Critical Arts-based Pedagogies in University Classroom Communities.” International Journal of Inclusive Education 20:3, 2016
Matt Omasta and Drew Chappell, eds. Play, Performance, and Identity: How Institutions Structure Ludic Experiences. Routledge, 2015
“’Cheering is Tied to Eating’: Consumption and Excess in Immersive, Role-Specific Performance Spaces.” 2015
“A Review of Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic Says About Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds.” American Journal of Play 8:1, 2015
*Matt Omasta and Drew Chappell. “Major Impacts of Minor Differences: Theatre Education in the Academy.” Theatre Topics 25:3, 2015
*Drew Chappell and Sharon Verner Chappell. “Stories of Resistant Play: Narrative Construction as Counter-colonial Methodology.” Narrative Works: Issues, Investigations, and Interventions 5:1, 2015
“Scholarship’s Rich Pageant: A Review of Performance Studies: An Introduction, Third Edition, Richard Schechner.” Youth Theatre Journal 28:2, 2014