Mark Evans Bryan ’96
Mark Evans Bryan is an historian of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century theatre in the United States (William and Mary Quarterly, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Performing Arts Resources, Journal of Popular Culture, contributions to books) and a playwright/theatre-maker (Kenyon Review, Prague Fringe Festival, universities and theatres in the U.S., Europe, and Asia), whose theatrical collaborations with Sue Ott Rowlands were the subject of “Disturbing the Archive of Performance: The Embodiment of Testimony and Memory,” by Ott Rowlands and Katrina M. Powell (Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies). He is currently at work on a book project on the Bradford family of eighteenth-century Philadelphia and popular culture in the U.S. middle colonies between 1755 and 1795 as well as on several articles and performance pieces. On Denison’s stage, Dr. Bryan is especially proud of adapting and directing Judith Sargent Murray’s The Traveller Returned (1796), returning it to the stage for the first time in 220 years, and collaborating with Jennifer Schlueter (Ohio State) on the script for Ulmus Ohioana, adapted from materials from Denison’s archives and performed at Denison during the spring of 2017. At Denison, he teaches courses in theatre history & theory, playwriting and solo performance, and academic writing. Dr. Bryan earned an interdisciplinary A.M. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in the History, Literature, and Criticism of the Theatre from the Ohio State University. He is a 1996 graduate of Denison University.