Dr. Telory D. Arendell


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, 2003, Stanford University


  • Introduction to Performance Studies
  • Writing for Theatre
  • Scripting and Performing
  • Theatre for Social Change

Professional experience

  • Co-Founder of Philadelphia's Pig Iron Theatre Company


  • Dance's Duet with the Camera: Motion Pictures (2016)
  • The Autistic Stage: How Cognitive Disability Changed 20th-Century Performance (2015)
  • Performing Disability: Staging the Actual (2009)

Current Projects:

  • Pina Bausch's Aggressive Tenderness: Repurposing Theater through Dance
  • Missouri Normal

Directing Credits:

  • Le Wilhelm's Cucumbers
  • August Strindberg's Miss Julie
  • Dinah Toups' Totally Red
  • Linda Daugherty and Mary Rohde Scudday's Hard 2 Spel Dad
  • Lanford Wilson's The Rimers of Eldritch

Research and professional interests

  • The intersection of performance studies and disability studies
  • Dance and movement theatre
  • Film

Awards and honors

  • Summer Faculty Fellowship, Missouri State University, 2011
  • Summer Faculty Fellowship, Missouri State University, 2009
  • Citizenship and Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship, citizenship and service-learning program at Missouri State University, 2009
  • Ed Roberts Postdoctoral Fellowship in Disability Studies, Institute of Urban and Regional Development at the University of California, Berkeley, 2004–05
  • Graduate Research Opportunity Grant, the President’s Fund at Stanford University, 2001
  • Centennial Teaching Assistant Award, Center for Teaching and Learning/School of Humanities and Sciences for outstanding teaching at Stanford University, 2001