Theatre

Sergio Costola

Associate Professor of Theatre

Areas of expertise

Theatre History and Historiography/Dramaturgy




Education

PhD, UCLA 2002
BA, Univeristà degli Studi di Bologna 1995

Positions

Associate Professor
Southwestern University
August 01, 2003 - present
A native of Italy, Costola taught theatre history and dramatic literature at UCLA and at Loyola Marymount University before his arrival at Southwestern in 2003. His area of specialization is theatre history and historiography, with a particular emphasis on the Early Modern Period

Visiting Lecturer
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
August 01, 2002 - May 01, 2004
Theatre History Courses

Research

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

"The Limits of Representation: William Wells Brown's Panoramic Views."  The Journal of American Drama and Theatre 24.2 (Spring 2012): 13-31

"The Politics of a Theatrical Event: The 1509 Performance of Ludovico Ariosto's I suppositi."  Mediaevalia 33 (2012): 195-228

"Byron's Dramatic Theory: Writing for Theatre in an Age of Revolt." International Journal of the Arts in Society 6.1 (2011): 67-74

"Strategies of Subversion: The Power of Live Performance Within the Walls of a Renaissance City."  International Journal of Arts and Technology 2.3 (2009): 187-201

"Paris/Artaud/Bali: Antonin Artaud vede il teatro balinese all?Esposizione Coloniale di Parigi del 1931 by Nicola Savarese."  Book Review.  Asian Theatre Journal (Spring 2003): 253-55

"Storia di un pellegrinaggio. Momenti fra il sacro e il profano nella vita culturale ferrarese ai tempi di Ercole I d'Este."  Teatro e Storia. Annali 18, XI (1996): 205-240

Books and Book Chapters

"Shylock's Venice and the Grammar of the Modern City," with Michael Saenger. In Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance: Appropriation, Transformation, Opposition (Ashgate, forthcoming)

"The Force of Theatre."  In The Movement Culture of the Actor in the 21st Century. 40 Years Stage Movement Department and 60 Years NATFA "Krustyo Sarafiv"  (Sofia, 2009): 203-212

"La prima rappresentazione dei Suppositi di Ariosto nel 1509."  In Lucrezia tra Letteratura e Storia (Florence: L. S. Olschki, 2006): 75-96

Opinion Pieces and Other

Associate Editor for The International Journal of the Arts in Society (2011)

 "Masks." Series "The Way." TV1 Bulgaria. Documentary/Interview (45') (2010)


Professional Work

Workshops/Master Classes Taught

"The Dramaturgy of Commedia dell'Arte."  7-day workshop. National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia-Bulgaria (April 2010)

"Commedia dell'Arte Masks and Scenarios."  7-day workshop. American Art Semester in Bulgaria.  Vassil Indzhev Spring Laboratory & Theatredreams (April 2010)

"Theatre Anthropology." 2-hour Master Class. National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia-Bulgaria (March 21, 2008)

"The Five Basic Principles of Theatre Anthorpology." 4-day workshop.  National     Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia-Bulgaria (March 17-20, 2008)

"The Five Basic Principles of Theatre Anthropology."  4-day workshop.  Smolyan,    Bulgaria. Rhodopi International Theater Collective (July-August 2007)

"Teaching Theatre and Social Change."  Workshop developed in collaboration with Professors Kathleen Juhl (SU,) Ann Elizabeth Armstrong (Miami University of Ohio,) and student Lindsey Smith (SU). Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed Conference, Minneapolis (May 31-June 3, 2007)

"The Tony Kushner Project: Pedagogical Musings in Retrospect."  Workshop developed in collaboration with Professor Kathleen Juhl and students Clair Baker, Marie Draz, Liz Gumm, Liam Boyer, and Stephanie Dunbar. Pedagogy Symposium at the Mid-America Theatre Conference, Kansas City, MI (March 2005)

Dramaturgy (selected)

2011                Hypatia.  (Dir. Alexandar Iliev). Rhodopi Dramatichen Teatar, (Smolyan, Bulgaria)

2007-2011       Resident Dramaturg for the Rhodopi International Theater Laboratory

2010                Orlando Furioso.  (Dir. Alexandar Iliev). Rhodopi Dramatichen Teatar, (Smolyan, Bulgaria)

2009                Tony Kushner's Angels in America (dir. Jared J. Stein).  Opened December 30, 2009 at the Dramski Teatar, Skopje,  Macedonia

2008                Aristophanes' The Birds. (Dir. Alexandar Iliev). Rhodopi Dramatichen Teatar, (Smolyan, Bulgaria)

2007                The Virgin and the Unicorn.  Rhodopi Dramatichen Teatar, (Smolyan, Bulgaria)

 

Playwriting/Translations

2011                Hypatia.  (Dir. Alexandar Iliev). Rhodopi Dramatichen Teatar, (Smolyan, Bulgaria)

2010                Orlando Furioso.  (Dir. Alexandar Iliev). Rhodopi Dramatichen Teatar, (Smolyan, Bulgaria)

2010                Co-translated with Tania Karbova.  Maria Stankova's Pinocchio vietato ai bambini.  Festival Internazionale dei Burattini (Parma, 1-4 Luglio)

2010                Co-translated with Tania Karbova.  Maria Stankova's La Grande Chisciottata (Dir. Veselka Kuncheva, Sofia Puppet Theatre).  Festival  Internazionale dei Burattini (Parma, 1-4 Luglio)

2009                Co-wrote with Jason Hoogerhyde and Kim Smith.  The Color of Dissonance.  An Opera in Five Scenes.  Music by Jason Hoogerhyde (Dir. Alexandar Iliev). Alma Thomas Theatre (Southwestern University)

2009                Co-wrote with Jared Stein (Dir. Rick Roemer). Extremely Important Stories or the Truth About Spiders.  Rhodopi Dramatichen Teatar, (Smolyan, Bulgaria)

2007                Co-wrote with Alexandar Iliev.  The Virgin and the Unicorn.  Rhodopi Dramatichen Teatar (Smolyan, Bulgaria)

 

 

 

 



Contact Information

Southwestern University
Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 863-1373 (office)
Office: Fine Arts 307
costolas@southwestern.edu