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Department of Theatre and Dance

Patrick Konesko


Associate Professor, Theatre History I/II - Backgrounds of Dramatic Literature I/II - Beginning Acting - Directing I


Ph.D. Bowling Green State University
M.A. Bowling Green State University
B.A. Saginaw Valley State University


Originally from Saginaw, Michigan, Patrick received his B.A. in Theatre from Saginaw Valley State University. After graduating, he moved to Bowling Green State University in Ohio to pursue both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Theatre. While there, he also earned a Certificate in Performance Studies. His dissertation was titled Representing Childhood: The Social, Historical, and Theatrical Significance of the Child on Stage.

Directing credits include: Rhinoceros, Baby with the Bathwater, Other Desert Cities, Sonia Flew, The Missionary Position, Night of the Iguana, Book of Days, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and The Pillowman. As an actor, favorite roles include As You Like It (Jacques) with Beautiful Kids Independent Shakespeare Company, The Winter’s Tale (Antigonus), and Mother Courage (Chaplain) at Bowling Green State University.

Patrick’s research interests include theatrical representations of children and childhood, poker and performativity, performances of organized labor and labor training, dramaturgy, and theatre history/historiography. His research has been presented at the Mid America Theatre Conference (MATC), the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), and the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA). Recent publications include “Wagered Identity: Deviant Space & Performance in Poker,” published through Etudes Theatre and Performance Studies Journal.

Patrick is an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming, where he teaches courses in theatre history, dramatic literature, acting, and directing. Additionally, he is on the board of directors for local theatre company, Relative Theatrics.


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