Professor, Theatre and Dance and Communication Performance
Woodrow Hood (Ph.D. in Theatre, University of Missouri–Columbia, M.A. in Speech/Theatre, Louisiana Tech University) joined WFU in 2011. As a member of the performance faculty, he specializes in on-camera performance. Previously, he served as Dean of the Shuford School of Performing Arts, Professor and Department Chair of Theatre Arts at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Dr. Hood has also taught at Harlaxton College in the UK, Pfeiffer University, the University of Texas—PanAmerican, Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois State University, and High Point University (as Head of Theatre Arts). Dr. Hood has also served for many years on the North Carolina Theatre Conference Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference. He has also served as a reviewer/consultant for other theatre programs during self-studies and on several arts boards and councils.
As an author, critic, and theorist, he has just completed the sixth edition of the co-authored textbook, Theatre, Its Art and Craft, and wrote a section for the recently published book, Women in American Musical Theatre. He has written for national and international journals and publications such as American Theatre magazine, Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, Theatre Journal, PAJ (Performing Arts Journal), Postmodern Culture, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre Topics,TheatreForum, and others. Dr. Hood is a founding member of the Terra Incognita theatre company. He directed Dr. Janice Moore Fuller’s DIX (Minneapolis Fringe Festival, 2004) for the company. In the fall of 2004, his production of ISLAND won Metrolina Theatre Award for Outstanding College Production. In 2010, he received an award from the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival for “Excellence in Direction” for his production of Caryl Churchill’s Far Away. His research interests include film studies, pop culture, Japanese theatre and film, performance art, and copyright law.
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