Director of Theatre, Assistant Professor
Office: HFAC 215
Degrees: Ph.D. (ABD) in Theatre and Performance Studies (University of Pittsburgh); Master of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies (University of Pittsburgh), 2006; Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English (Marietta College), 2000
Year appointed: 2006
Professor Cordell returned to Marietta College in the fall of 2006 after earning his master's and Ph.D. (ABD) degrees at the University of Pittsburgh.
At the University of Pittsburgh and Marietta College he has taught courses ranging from Acting I and Auditioning to Introduction to Shakespeare, Greek & Roman Drama, and Queer Theatre/Gay Drama. He has presented papers at the Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference, the Comparative Drama Conference, as well as a workshop for Pitt's Shakespeare-in-the-Schools Teachers Program.
He was the recipient of the 2003-04 Ph.D. Graduate Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Department of Theatre Arts, and a nominee for the annual Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005 and 2006.
He is a professional freelance director and has been named an Associate Director of Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre where he has staged Boston Marriage (2006), Private Lives (2007), and Doubt (2009). He is also an experienced actor, playwright, scenic designer, charge artist, props master, and stage/production manager. His portfolio and production photos are on-line at www.jeffcordell.com.