Mark Pilkinton

Professor Emeritus


History, Theory, and Criticism


During his 32-year career at Notre Dame, Dr. Pilkinton taught a wide range of theatre courses, most notably theatre history.  He wrote “Performance, Religion, and Shakespeare: Staging Ideology at Notre Dame” in Shakespeare on the University Stage (2014), Washington Hall at Notre Dame: Crossroads of the University, 1864-2004 (2011), and Records of Early English Drama: Bristol (1997).  His articles and reviews have appeared in Comparative DramaModern DramaMedium AevumEssays in Theatre/Etudes Théâtrales, and Theatre Notebook.  At Notre Dame, he directed fifteen productions for FTT from 1984 through 2008, created the New Playwrights Workshop in 1998, and served as chair of the department for thirteen years between 1984 and 2003. Before coming to Notre Dame in 1984, he taught at the University of Michigan and Auburn University at Montgomery where in 1975 he was Founding Director of Theatre AUM.

Representative Publications, Performances, and Creative Works

"Performance, Religion, and Shakespeare: Staging Ideology at Notre Dame" in Shakespeare on the University Stage (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Washington Hall at Notre Dame: Crossroads of the University, 1864-2004 (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011).

Bristol: Records of Early English Drama (University of Toronto Press, 1997).

"The Effect of the Reformation on the Antagonists in English Drama," The Journal of Religion and Theatre, 6:1 (Summer 2007), 48-55.

"The Easter Sepulcher at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, 1470," in The Dramatic Tradition of the Middle Ages, ed. Clifford Davidson (New York: AMS Press, 2005), 25-27.