Meredith A. Conti recently joined the faculty at University at Buffalo, SUNY as an Assistant Professor of Theatre. She arrived at UB from James Madison University in Virginia, 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. 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 serves as Book Review Editor for Theatre Annual and the Co-Chair for MATC's Pitching Your Book and Articles-in-Progress workshops. She received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Theatre History and Performance Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was named an Andrew Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellow and completed her dissertation on performances of illness on the nineteenth-century popular stages of the United States and Britain. 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).
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. Her work in the theatre includes acting, directing, dramaturgy, and stage combat choreography.