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Thomas Lindblade

Professor/Department Chair

Thomas Lindblade was the National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professor at Colorado College, and was the college’s inaugural T. William and Nancy Bryson Schlosser Professor of the Arts. He teaches in Colorado College’s Department of Theatre and Dance, where he is Full Professor and served fourteen years as Chair between 1995 and 2009. He hails from Minnesota and came to Colorado College after receiving his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin (1979), his M.A. from the University of Minnesota (1982), and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in Drama and Humanities (1989). His academic mentors have included Martin Esslin, Charles Lyons, Eleanor Prosser, and H. Wesley Balk. Since 1982, Professor Lindblade has been an active theatre professional in the San Francisco Bay Area, directing, musical directing, conducting, and dramaturging over forty productions for TheatreWorks, the Magic Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Solo Mio Festival (Climate Theatre), and the California Shakespeare Festival. His most recent productions in California are TheatreWorks’ Makeover (director, world premiere), Smoky Joe’s Café (musical director), Floyd Collins (musical director/conductor), and You Can’t Take It With You (director) and California Shakespeare Festival’s The Tempest (composer). He has also worked nationally with Goodspeed Opera House, the Guthrie Theatre, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and the San Diego Arts Festival at the Dell. Professor Lindblade writes extensively on contemporary performance, publishing articles (Comparative Drama, New Art Examiner) on subjects as varied as John Jesurun, George Coates, Robert Wilson, and David Saunders. He is a contributor to the anthologies Apocalypse Then and Now (subject: Thornton Wilder), Brecht and Galileo (DCTC Video Library, subject: Brecht’s music), and The Semiotic Bridge (subject: Robert Wilson), and translated Peter Szondi’s seminal essay ‘Ibsen’ for Ibsen: Critical Essays. His book Tactical Measures: The Interaction of Drama and Music establishes a cross-artistic critical vocabulary with which to discuss Shakespeare and Wellmer, Brecht and Adorno, Beckett and Schopenhauer, and Wilson and Pavis. Professor Lindblade is a member of the American Society for Aesthetics, the American Society for Theatre Research, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the International Theatre Institute. He has also served as the NEH Academic Advisor for the Arena Stage in Washington DC and as an NEA Site Evaluator, respectively. Prof. Lindblade also collaborated with Ofer Ben-Amots’ chamber opera The Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds (premiere in January 2008 at Montreal’s Segal Centre for the Arts). Present work includes a new collaboration with Ben-Amots based on Borges’ The Gospel According to Mark, and monographs on the staging of Philip Glass’ operas and the history of George Coates Performance Works, respectively.