Meredith A. Conti is an assistant professor of theatre at University at Buffalo, SUNY (UB). Meredith Conti arrived at UB from James Madison University, where she taught courses in theatre history, dramaturgy, performance analysis, dramatic literature, and theory and performance studies for majors, as well as Introduction to Theatre for non-majors. She received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Theatre and Performance Studies at Pitt; as an Andrew Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Conti completed her dissertation on performances of illness on the nineteenth-century popular stages of the US and Britain. Her work in the theatre includes acting, directing, dramaturgy, and stage combat choreography.
Conti’s first book, Playing Sick: Performances of Illness in the Age of Victorian Medicine, is forthcoming from Routledge in June 2018. She is also working toward a new monograph, a cultural history of firearms in American theatre and performance. Conti’s scholarship has been published in the Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture (Routledge, 2015). Her book reviews have appeared in Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, Theatre History Studies, Comparative Drama, and the New England Theatre Journal, and she has presented at national and international conferences on theatre and performance, literature and medicine, American studies, and Victorian studies, including those convened by the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC), the American Studies Association (ASA), the Northeastern Victorian Studies Association, and the Centre for Victorian Studies (University of Exeter). Conti holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre performance from Denison University and a certificate from the British and American Drama Academy, an acting conservatory in London, England.
Conti serves as Book Review Editor for Theatre Annual and the Co-Chair for MATC's Pitching Your Book and Articles-in-Progress workshops. She is the past recipient of the ASTR Thomas Marshall Graduate Award, the College of Visual and Performing Arts Summer Research Grant (JMU), the Faculty of Arts and Letters Teaching Mentor (Pitt), the Summer Research Fellowship (Pitt), Department of Theatre Arts’ PhD Teaching Award (Pitt), and several curriculum development grants (JMU).
Education & Training
- PhD - Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2011
- MA - Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
- MFA - Theatre Performance, Denison University, Summa Cum Laude, 2001
- Certificate of Completion, British and American Drama Academy, London, England, 1999