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Dr. David Peterson

Dr. David Peterson

Assistant Professor of Theatre

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Dave has taught and directed in higher education for over a decade and is truly excited to join NU. He holds a PhD in Theatre History and Performance Studies. For the Department, Dave teaches various classes in theatre history and theory, and will also direct productions for Niagara University Theatre.

NU Theatre

Dave's first production for Niagara University Theatre was Naomi Iizika's Good Kids in the fall of 2020.

Professional Experience

Prior to Niagara, Dave directed productions of Antigone, Harvey, Troilus and Cressida, Late: A Cowboy Song, and A Servant of Two Masters, among others

He has published articles and reviews on contemporary clowning practice, Shakespeare, and puppetry, most recently:

“”Thus, Like the Formal Vice”: Mark Rylance and Clowning in Richard III” in Comedy Studies 11:2 Autumn 2020

 “Review of Discovering the Clown or The Funny Book of Good Acting by Christopher Bayes, with Virginia Scott. Theatre Topics 30.1 (2020). Pp. 54-55

 “Camilla Pessi: Repeating and Revising the Masculine Clown” Paper discussed at the Comedy Studies Working Group at the American Society for Theatre Research Conference. Online. October/November 2020.

Current Projects/Research

Dave is currently finishing revisions on a paper looking at comic performer Bill Irwin's work and how it relates to labor demands both in and outside of the arts. Next he is looking at the clown Camilla Pessi as her performances navigate the gendered history of clowning practice. 

This semester, Dave is directing Machinal by Sophie Treadwell.

Professional Affiliations

  • The American Society for Theatre Research
  • The Association for Theatre in Higher Education


  • PhD - Theatre History and Performance Studies with a special option in directing, The University of Pittsburgh
  • MA - Theatre, Michigan State University
  • BA - Theatre and History, The University of Michigan