Professor Edgecomb is a hybrid scholar/artist who teaches broadly across theatre and performance studies as well as queer/intersectionality studies. He regularly directs faculty productions and teaches acting and devising. His research focuses on LGBTQ+ theatre and performance history in a global context, queer theory and performance ethnography. He is a consortial faculty member of the Ph.D. Program in Theatre at the Graduate Center. In 2017 he was named an FFPP Diversity Fellow and has been selected for the Dean's Research Award (2015) and several PSC CUNY Fellowships to fund inernational research for travel. Professor Edgecomb is committed to promoting inclusion, diversity, empathy and representation in the classroom and through scholarly discourse and its dissemination.
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
Charles Ludlam Lives!: Charles Busch, Bradford Louryk, Taylor Mac and the Queer Legacy of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, eds. David Román and Jill Dolan. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2017.
A Queer Bestiary: Ritual Anthropomorphism and Animal Symbolism in LGBTQ+ Performance (under contract).
Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
“Queer Politics/Nostalgia: Performing the UpStairs Lounge Fire of 1973,” The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics. New York: Routledge, 2018.
“Between Wood and the World: Ludwig II of Bavaria’s Queer Swans.” Theatre Survey, 59.2, May 2018, pp. 221-248.
“Architecting Queer Space: Charles Ludlam’s Bluebeard in the West Village.” Readings in Cultural Performance. London: Palgrave Macmilan, August, 2017. pp. 88-102.
“Queer Kinesis: Performance, Invocation, Transformation,”Queer Dramaturgies: International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 330-347.
Bluebeard by Charles Ludlam, 2018 (director/choreographer). The Mirror adapted from Gippius and Rachilde, 2016 (adapter/director). The Bakkhai by Euripides, 2015 (director/choreographer).
Machinal by Sophie Treadwell, 2013 (director/choreographer/biomechanics speciaist). Harvest by Manjula Padmanabhan, 2011 (director/choreographer).
CUNY Graduate Center, Ph.D. Program in Theatre
Extending Queer: Theory and Performance (Graduate Seminar) (2015, 2017)
College of Staten Island, Drama Program
Theatre Studies (2019 (upcoming))
Adaptation/Translation (2019 (upcoming))
Introduction to Acting (2018)
Performance Histories, 1900-Contemporary (2017)
Directing/Production (2015, 2016, 2018)
Performance History and Criticism, Origins-Shakespeare (2015, 2016, 2018)
Theatre Topics (2015)
Advanced Acting (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Performance History and Criticism: 1600-1900 (2014, 2016)
Independent Studies: Directing (2014), Queer Theatre (2018), African American Drama (2018)