Dr. John Warrick

Chair, Department of Theatre and Associate Professor


Associate Professor John Warrick began studying theatre and philosophy at the College of Charleston before earning graduate degrees in theatre history and dramatic critical theory at the University of South Carolina (M.A.) and the University of Washington (Ph.D.). 

Dr. Warrick currently serves as department chair and director of undergraduate studies.  He teaches the department’s theatre history sequence, including its Writing Intensive (WI) course, along with honors theatre and more specialized topics in playwriting and new play dramaturgy.  He also offers graduate courses in dramatic structure, dramaturgy, and contemporary theatre for actors, directors, and designers.

Under the NEA’s Arts Engagement in American Communities initiative, Dr. Warrick serves as project director and dramaturg for a year-long, multi-disciplinary collaboration with Elizabeth Lentz and Stacy Reischman Fletcher from the Department of Dance, and featuring guest artist Jeffrey Fracé from Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant. 

His publications range among 20th century American and European playwrights, including Jean Genet and Lorraine Hansberry, James Gow and Arnaud d’Usseau, and Nigerian playwright Femi Osofisan’s adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.  Ultimately, though, John is a medievalist whose project discerns medieval theatre practices throughout early modern English history plays, including those of Shakespeare and Marlowe.  He has presented medieval research at conferences such as the International Medieval Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo), the Babel Working Group, ASTR (American Society for Theatre Research), SEMA (Southeastern Medieval Association), TAPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association, IFTR (International Federation for Theatre Research), and Comparative Drama.

Before arriving at the University of Southern Mississippi, John held appointments at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of Central Arkansas, and the University of Birmingham, U.K.  Credits prior to his work as an academic include Theatre Crafts International Magazine, the Lighting Dimensions International trade show, and the Broadway Lighting Master Classes.