Wednesday, Dec. 7

8 p.m. (Eastern time)

British and American Theatre


During this webinar we will examine the crucial influence of British theatre on the development of its counterpart in North America, including a look at how relations between the two would, on occasion, reflect broader cultural tensions (as in the Astor Place Riot). We will also explore differing traditions in actor training and how this is reflected today in differing strengths and weaknesses on either side of the Atlantic. Finally, we will share observations on the “shrinking Atlantic”—how more interplay between the theatrical worlds of New York and London is shaping the production of drama in the present day.


Please register by Monday, Dec. 5. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before the event.


Instructor: Todd Wronski

Todd, a professor of theatre, has served on the Dickinson faculty for the past 35 years. He served as the director of the college’s humanities program in England for four years and has taught or co-taught 10 summer-session study-abroad programs based in London. These include England: City-Country, Mind-Body; Place and Performance, Religious and Theatrical; and London: The Political Arts. Before coming to Dickinson, Todd was active in professional regional theatre, with credits including work with the Guthrie Theater, the Dallas Theater Center and others. Todd has directed and produced theatrical works at international venues, including Randolph Studio (Edinburgh, Scotland), the Berliner Arbeiter Theatre (Berlin, Germany), the UEA Studio Theatre (Norwich, England), and the Teatro Bicchieraia (Arezzo, Italy). Todd's recent performances include playing Mark Twain opposite British actor Tom Watson in Dickens and Twain: A Special Relationship in England, Scotland and the U.S.; and a revival of his one-man play based on the life and writings of William Saroyan (to mark the centenary of Saroyan's birth), which was performed in San Francisco, Fresno, New York City and Yerevan, Armenia. He holds an MFA from Trinity University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.   


Can’t get enough of this subject? Join us on our Alumni Global Adventure next summer for London On Stage from Aug. 13-20, 2023 with Professor Wronski!

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