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Michael Chemers
Associate Professor of Dramatic Literature
Department of Theater Arts

University of California

Michael Chemers received his PhD in Theater History and Theory from the University of Washington in 2001, following an MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University in 1997. As a professor of dramatic literature at Carnegie Mellon University, Michael was the founding director of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Production Dramaturgy program. He is a published playwright and adaptor of classic texts, and an occasional actor. His scholarship focuses on different types of deviance; how it is defined, recognized, and performed, and what its effects may be. The conjunction of deviance and performance has led Michael to publish extensively on freak shows and other forms of disability in performance, representations of religious minorities, and the appearance of monsters in plays and other dramatic media. Michael has also published on the nature and history of dramaturgy, the reception of Shakespeare, film and television criticism, and the emerging field of social robotics.