David Carlyon

Adjunct Professor

In addition to teaching acting, intro to theater, theater history, and diversity at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan-Flint, he has given acting workshops and history seminars at Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Allegheny College, and Brown University. At Michigan-Flint, he directed Waiting for Godot, Noises Off, and Glass Menagerie. He wrote Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man You’ve Never Heard Of, a biography / cultural history of 19C performance and politics. In addition, he has published scholarly articles on circus, anti-theatricality, Shakespeare, 19C words & iconography, and Huckleberry Finn.

Carlyon gives talks throughout the state for the New York Council for the Humanities, one on 19C circus, the other on the Gettysburg Address. A playwright, he co-wrote a rhymed-verse adaptation of Goldoni’s Mirandolina, produced in Virginia, and his play Polonius was chosen for a theater competition in Missouri. He is an Equity actor, most recently playing the Gravedigger in Hamlet in NYC, and he was a Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown.

He holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He also fought wildfires in the West, and served in the Army as a military policeman.

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