Dr. Edgecomb joins The College of Staten Island after serving three years as an Assistant Professor of Drama and as the Director of the Bachelor of Creative Arts at the University of Queensland, Australia. He holds a Ph.D. in Drama from Tufts University, an M.A. in Theatre Studies and Education from Emerson College and a B.A. in Literature from the flagship campus of the University of Maine. His teaching interests include theatre history, dramatic literature, critical theory, dramaturgy, acting, physical theatre and directing. Dr. Edgecomb is trained in several acting styles including the Method, Michael Chekhov and Biomechanics. In addition to working as an actor, Dr. Edgecomb has directed professionally in the United States and abroad. Recent productions include Manjula Padmanabhan's HARVEST (2011) and Sophie Treadwell's MACHINAL (2013). He has also worked professionally as a dramaturg and choreographer. From 2014-2016, Dr. Edgecomb has been elected as a board member of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Ph.D. in Drama from Tufts University
M.A. in Theatre Studies and Education from Emerson College
B.A. in Literature from the University of Maine
Scholarship / Publications
Dr. Edgecomb’s research primarily considers mid-century queer theatre practitioners, queer legacies, queer theory, cultural ethnography and theatre iconography. He has published in several international journals as well as book chapters from leading presses. His publications include his first book: We Are Ridiculous: The Queer Legacy of Charles Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theatre, 1987-2007, (forthcoming 2015). The following book chapters: “Queer Kinesis: Performance, Invocation, Transformation (forthcoming, 2015), “Not Just Any Woman: Bradford Louryk, A Legacy of Charles Ludlam and the Ridiculous Theatre for the Twenty-First Century.” We Will Be Citizens: New Essays on Gay and Lesbian Theatre, (2008), “ ‘It was simply human…’ Gender Subversion in Children’s Performance.”Transgressing Gender: Two is not enough for gender equality: the Conference Collection, (April 2006). Journal articles: “The Ridiculous Performance of Taylor Mac.” Theatre Journal, Dec. 2012, “Inharmonious Pursuits: Performing Racism at the Olympic Games.” Popular Entertainment Studies, September 2011, “A History of the Ridiculous, 1960-1987.” Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, May/June 2007, “Camping Out with James Bidgood.” Bright Lights Film Journal, May 2006. As well as these reviews & short Essays: “Holding The Man: A Review of LaBoite Theatre’s 2013 Production.” Theatre Journal, 2013, “Drag,” “Parody,” “Pastiche,” “Gender as Performance.”Reading Contemporary Performance: Theatricality Across Genres, (expected 2015), “Boy, Girl, Wall presented by The Escapists,” Contemporary Theatre Review, 2012.