Matthew Wilson Smith


Associate Professor

BA, Brown University
MA, University of Chicago
MA, PhD, Columbia University

Room 543

Teaching and Research Interests
  • Modern theatre history and theory
  • Relations between theatre and film
  • Digital performance
Selected Publications
  • “Virtual Journeys and Virtual Walls: The Digital Art of Tamiko Thiel” (2010)
  • “American Valkyries: Richard Wagner, D.W. Griffith, and the Birth of Classical Cinema” (2008)
  • “Orson Welles’ Shakespeare” (2008)
  • Co-editor, Modern Drama Fiftieth Anniversary Issue (2007)
  • “Laughing at the Redeemer: Kundry and the Paradox of Parsifal” (2007)
  • The Total Work of Art: From Bayreuth to Cyberspace (Routledge, 2007)
  • “Scenography” and “Scenery,” Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance (2003)
  • “Bayreuth, Disneyland, and the Return to Nature” (2002)
  • The Wild Duck: A Play of Play” (2002)
  • “Schlemmer, Moholy-Nagy, and the Search for the Absolute Stage” (2002)
  • “Joseph Urban and the Birth of American Film Design” (2000)
  • Angels in America: A Progressive Apocalypse” (1999)
Works in Progress
  • Writing a book on nineteenth-century theatre
  • Editing the Norton Critical Edition of Georg Büchner
  • Co-editing a book on opera and modernism
Selected Professional Activities
  • Editorial board member of Theatre Survey and Modern Drama
Other Activities
  • Performances (as playwright) at The Eugene O’Neill Theater, The Ontological Theater, Henry Street Settlement, and other stages
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