School of Theatre & Dance

Patrick Finelli

Patrick M. Finelli, Ph.D. is Professor in the School of Theatre and Dance at USF in Tampa, specializing in Theatre History, Contemporary Performance Theory, Caribbean Theatre, Great Performances on Film and Sport as Performance. His publications include the textbook Sound for the Stage, the book Worlds Away, electronic courseware for online teaching, chapters in books and over 300 articles and reviews. He is associate editor for Theatre Design and Technology and his research has been published in Theatre Journal, Performing Arts Resources, Southern Theatre and New England Theatre Journal. He received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley and has studied abroad at the University of Bonn.  As a scholar, he has presented at professional conferences in China (Shanghai Theatre Institute), Germany, England (University of Kent), at the Netherlands Theatre Institute (Amsterdam) and the University of Utrecht.  He has traveled widely throughout Europe, Asia and Oceania, and directed the following study abroad programs: London-Paris (2014), Performing Cities: Madrid and Barcelona (2015) and Ireland-England (2016). He served as dramaturg for the 2015 production and tour of Derek Walcott’s Pantomime to the Bahamas and Grand Cayman. Among his current research interests are two electronic archive projects, Broadway Visions and the American Theatre Archive Project.  He also consults with architects and owners on the design of new performance spaces and has completed over a dozen projects including the 2016 renovation of the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory into an event center, taking a building that hosted Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy and professional wrestling and transforming it into a state-of-the-art theatrical venue.  

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