Christopher Hatch

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Joined the faculty in 2010

Ph.D., candidate, Theatre History, Theory, and Literature, Indiana University
M.F.A., Acting and Directing, University of Missouri - Kansas City
B.A., Theatre Arts, Pennsylvania State University

Current scholarly interests:
Theatre and Absinthe
Balinese Theatre
Commedia dell'Arte
Mask Theatre

Previous teaching experience:
Indiana University (2006 - 2009)
University of Missouri - Kansas City (2001 - 2003)

Previous research:
Professional actor for over a decade including work at the Tony Award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival
Indiana Repertory Theatre
Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Kansas City Lyric Opera
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
Hartland Actors' Repertory Theatre, and First Folio Shakespeare Theatre. Recently spent a month in Italy studying and performing Commedia dell'Arte under the guidance of master Commedia teacher Antonio Fava.

Recent papers presented include:
"Depictions of Women in the Anti-Absinthe Plays of the Late-19th and Early-20th Centuries." - Performing Feminism(s) - McGill University, Quebec - 2010

"Shakespeare - Good Beats, Great Lyrics: Techniques for Utilizing Dance Music as a Tool in Introductory Shakespeare Pedagogy." - Shakespeare and Popular Music Conference - Guelph University, Ontario - 2010

"Green with Madness: Absinthe-Induced Madness and its use in the Theatre of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries." - 4th Global Conference on Madness - Oxford University, United Kingdom - 2011

Courses Routinely Taught:
Acting One
Acting Two
Shakespearean Performance
Introduction to Dramatic Literature
American Drama

Professional Affiliations:
-Member of Actors' Equity Association, the labor union representing American actors and stage managers in theatre. (AEA)
-Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
-Mensa International

Personal Statement:
For some reason, human beings have evolved into a species that values the telling of stories. We do this through a variety of mediums including the theatre. As a theatre artist I am constantly looking to learn and experience new and exciting ways to tell the epic stories of the world. My three favorite moments in the theatre as an audience member have been at a production of Romeo and Juliet performed by the RSC, a production of a Charles Mee play directed by Anne Bogart, and a performance of the Kecak dance at the Uluwatu temple in Bali. Three very different stories told in three very different ways but each performance left me inspired, enriched, and convinced that I had seen something epic. As a professional actor I strive to share the world's great stories with a vigor and a level of artistry that matches what I saw with the three aforementioned productions. Having the honor to work on a great story can be a humbling experience and I work to supplement my own professional acting with continued training in an attempt to constantly improve what I have to offer a both a story and an audience. As a teacher of theatre I am not interested in the student that merely wants to be famous or that wants to feed his or her ego. I am looking for the student that wants to take their own unique, personal experiences of what it is to be human and infuse them with the great stories of the world. A sincere effort to share one's self through an honest communication of the script at hand can send one on an exciting path towards becoming an epic storyteller and a compelling theatre artist.

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