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Andrew Carlson ’99

Associate Professor of Theater, Theater & Dance

Education & Professional History

Carleton College, BA; Purdue University, MFA; University of Texas at Austin, PhD

Andrew teaches theatre history, acting, and directing at Carleton. A professional actor, dramaturg, and director, Andrew has worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cleveland Playhouse, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, First Folio Theatre, ZACH Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, American Records Company, and Children’s Theatre of Madison. He has also participated in new play development with playwrights Steven Dietz, Aditi Kapil, Allison Gregory, Kirk Lynn, David Valdes, and Lisa Loomer, He is an artistic associate with The Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN where he has worked as an actor and educator for thirteen seasons, playing roles such as Hamlet (Hamlet), Edmund (King Lear), Jim O’Connor (The Glass Menagerie), Macbeth (Macbeth) and the Poet (An Iliad). Before joining the faculty at Carleton, Andrew taught at the University of Texas at Austin for nine years where he co-led the BA program in Theatre and Dance and was Managing Director of the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism. With the Brockett Center, he worked on a variety of initiatives such as The American Theatre Archive Project and American Theatre Magazine‘s historical almanac column. He is a co-author of the 11th edition of The Essential Theatre textbook and has published essays in Theatre History Studies, American Theatre Magazine and the Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy. An award-winning educator, Carlson received the 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award at the University of Texas. Andrew is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, the labor union representing professional actors and stage managers in the United States.


At Carleton since 2020.

Current Courses

  • Fall 2021
    THEA 190: Carleton Players Production
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    THEA 199: Theater Practicum
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    THEA 242: Modern American Drama
  • Winter 2022
    THEA 110: Beginning Acting
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    THEA 314: Advanced Acting
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    THEA 400: Integrative Exercise
  • Spring 2022
    THEA 195: Acting Shakespeare
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    THEA 199: Theater Practicum
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    THEA 391: Independent Study
  • Fall 2022
    THEA 100: The Power of Story
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    THEA 225: Theater History and Theory
  • Winter 2023
    THEA 110: Beginning Acting
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    THEA 190: Carleton Players Production
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    THEA 199: Theater Practicum
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    THEA 400: Integrative Exercise
  • Spring 2023
    ENGL 209: The Merchant of Venice: A Project Course
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    THEA 199: Theater Practicum
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    THEA 227: Theatre for Social Change