Visiting Instructor for 2012-2013
Aaron C. Thomas received his BA in Theatre Arts in 2003 from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Since 2006 he has been studying at the Florida State University, where he was named a teaching fellow in his first year. He will complete his PhD in 2012.
As a scholar, Aaron's work draws on a wide range of theoretical discourses in order to open up questions about violent masculinity and its operations in contemporary culture. His dissertation project analyzes representations of male/male sexual violence, and uses violence theory, queer theory, critical race theory, and trauma theory to examine representations of male/male rape in various media, including theatre, film, literature, and television.
While in Pomona he worked with the Second Street Project, a theatre company and arts organization dedicated to revitalizing the Pomona arts scene through free performances, classes, and arts advocacy in the community. He continued his work in Pomona, serving as both a director and contributing scholar for the Southern California Shakespeare Festival until 2006. Since 2010 he has worked as the resident dramaturg for Endstation Theatre Company's Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival, based in Amherst, Virginia.
Other research interests include critical race studies, the Parisian avant-garde of the fin de siècle, and queer studies. He is an active member of the LGBTQ Focus Group at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and is also a member of the Trauma Theory working group at the American Society for Theatre Research for which he is a co-convener this year. His scholarship has been published in the Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide and the journal Studies in Musical Theatre.
Last Updated: 6/26/12