Peter Wood

  • Instructional Assistant Professor

Peter is currently a visiting Instructional Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Mississippi where he is teaching several sections of the department’s Appreciation of the Theatre Arts class in both the fall and spring semester as well as teaching Directing in the spring of 2018. He is also currently the Head of Electronic Initiatives/Listserv Manager for the American Theatre and Drama Society (

In addition to his academic work, Peter's sound design work includes "Bedtime Stories" (Pitt Rep), The Strangler (Brown New Plays Festival), Bad Money (Perishable Theatre), Archipelago (Intentional Theatre Company), Purple Hearts (Invisible City Theatre Company), and Mothergun (Emergency Theater Project). Directing work includes "Ashes to Ashes" (UPStages Lab Series), "The Sandalwood Box" (UPStages Lab Series), "Doll Parts" (Narwhal Fetish Theatre Group), "Liar's Poker" (Washington Theatre Festival, Source Theatre), "Day Eight: Snow Globe" (Boston Theatre Marathon), Prostration in Herland, Little Murders (University of Maryland Lab Theatre), and UnMade Beds (Brown New Plays Festival). He was awarded a Arts & Sciences Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship for 2015-2016 and will be defending his dissertation, "Mammon's Revenge: Living Theatre at the Intersection of Art, Commerce, and the Law" in the spring of 2016.

Representative Publications

"Back(lash) Into the Woods: Putting Women Back in Their Place" in Text & Presentation

“Behind the Bars: Performance Review of the Living Theatre’s The Brig," in PAJ

“Redressing Ripley: Disrobing the Female Hero,” in Meanings of Ripley: The Alien Quadrilogy & Gender, Ed. by Elizabeth Graham


Staged reading of "Spoken Roses" (Mid-America Theatre Conference, Playwriting Symposium March 2015)

"The Living Theatre: Evolution of a Revolutionary Theatre" (Comparative Drama Conference April 2013)

"Mythbusting History: The Living Theatre vs. The Sinister Government Conspiracy" (Mid-America Theatre Conference March 2013)

“Cognitive Dissonance: The Poetics of Mac Wellman” (Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association November 2012)

"Backlash Into the Woods: Putting Women Back In Their Place" (Comparative Drama Conference March 2012) 

"Apocalyptic Bodies: Butoh and Zombie Performance" (Comparative Drama Conference March 2011)

“Symbolic Capital and the Living Theatre” (American Drama Conference September 2008)

“Bad Mommy: Aliens and the Undoing of the Female Hero" (ACA/PCA National Conference 2005)

"Edge Phenomenon, Memory and the Fell’s Point Ghost Tour: Writing Ephemerality" ("A Matter of Spirit Session," ASTR 2002).

Research Interest Summary

The Living Theatre, gender studies, avant-garde, and the performance of zombies.

Education & Training

  • PhD - Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2016
  • MA - Theatre History and Performance Studies, University of Maryland, 2004
  • BA - University of Rhode Island, Theatre and English (Double Major) 2000