Carolyn Coulson

Associate Professor of Theatre


Ruebush 127-G


Faculty Member since 2008

When I came to Shenandoah, it felt like I had come home. As a specialist in medieval drama, I love directing medieval plays and making them accessible to modern students and audiences. Favorite projects have been directing SU students in "The Chester Nativity," and "Robin Hood and the Potter," both performed at conferences. Other SU productions include The Crucible, The Secret Garden, Henry IV part 1, Sweet Charity, Pride and Prejudice, Assassins, Noises Off, Anything Goes, and Anton in Show Business.

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B.A., Theatre, Santa Clara University; M.A., Ph.D., Medieval Studies, University of Connecticut

Professional Highlights

  • Secretary/Treasurer for the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society. Recent conference presentations at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo; American Society for Theatre Research; International Medieval Congress at Leeds, UK; Modern Language Association Convention. Recordings of medieval drama in original pronunciation for The Chaucer Studio. Article on Medieval Drama for _Misconceptions about the Middle Ages_. Working on article on the application of modern acting techniques to medieval drama.
Personal Highlights

When not on campus, I can usually be found driving three busy kids around to dance, soccer, softball, etc. Member of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society, the Modern Language Association, the American Society for Theatre Research, and officer for the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society.