Dr. Kyle A. Thomas


Theatre and Dance
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Theatre and Dance
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, Theatre, 2018, University of Illinois
  • MA, Theatre, 2012, University of Illinois
  • BA, Musical Theatre, 2005, Ouachita Baptist University


  • THE 101 Introduction to Theatre

  • THE 125 Voice & Movement
  • THE 130 Script Analysis
  • THE 210 Writing for Theatre
  • THE 430 Directing I
  • THE 742 Dramatic Theory & Criticism

Professional experience

  • Viewpoints and devising theatre training with Anne Bogart, SITI Company
  • Movement and devising theatre training with Struan Leslie, Royal Shakespeare Company


  • The Heart of Robin Hood, Interlochen Center for the Arts
  • Play of Adam, The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Viva Verdi! A Night of Italian Opera, Lyric Theatre at Illinois
  • Babio, The Newberry Library of Chicago
  • I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, The Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company
  • Floyd Collins, The Station Theatre
  • The Play about the Antichrist, The University of Illinois

Research and Publications

  • The Play about the Antichrist (Ludus de Antichristo): A Dramaturgical Analysis, Historical Commentary, and Latin Edition with a New English Verse Translation (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2023)
  • "The Performing Arts and Their Audiences,” in A Cultural History of Leisure: the Medieval Age (500-1450), Paul Milliman, ed. Peter Borsay and Jan Hein Furnée, anthology eds. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2023
  • “Monks at the World’s End: Performing an Eschatological Monasticism in the Twelfth-Century Ludus de Antichristo,” in Music in the Apocalyptic Mode, Word and Music Studies, vol. 20, Colin McAllister and Lorenzo DiTommaso, eds. (Boston: Brill, 2023), 30-43
  • “Playful Performance: Gameplay and Theatre in the Early Middle Ages,” in European Medieval Drama, vol. 26 (2022): 185-213.
  • “Laying Down the RUG: Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Really Useful Group, and Musical Theatre in a Global Economy,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Musical Theatre Producers, Laura MacDonald and William Everett, eds.(New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
  • “The Medieval Space: Early Medieval Documents as Stages,” in Theatre Survey 59.1 (January 2018)
  • “Theatre in a Mobile World: Critiquing Convention and Calling for Innovation,” online article at Howlround.com (June 3, 2015)
  • “Finding the Practice in Your Theory – Getting a PhD in Theatre Today,” in TYA Today 28.2 (November 2014)
  • “A Ph.D. in Theatre: Working in Theory to Work in Practice,” online article at Howlround.com (December 18, 2013)
  • “Profile: Nedjeljko Fabrio’s The Reformers,” in Ecumenica: Journal of Theatre and Performance 5.2 (Fall 2012)