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Terence Hartnett

Assistant Professor of English and Director of Theatre Programs

Dr. Terence Hartnett is a professor of English, and directs the Drama Club and Theatre Programs, through which students stage multiple productions, including comedies and musicals, each academic year. He specializes in American, European, and global drama, performance and performance theory, and stage directing. In 2015-16, he helped take students taking his Irish Drama and Culture class on a trip to Ireland, providing opportunities for studying and experiencing firsthand Irish theatre, history, and culture. Dr. Hartnett also has worked with students in the multidisciplinary Grand Challenges course on a project to repurpose plastic trash products into construction materials for displaced families in Haiti.

Teaching Interests

  • American, European, and global drama
  • Theatre arts: Acting and directing
  • Culture of entrepreneurism (ESCALATE program)
  • Social media and digital culture
  • Rhetoric and composition
  • Technical and professional communication

Research Experiences

  • The performance of masculinity in postwar American drama
  • Performance and performance theory
  • Theatre of political resistance and cultural identity formation

Select Publications & Presentations

  • Founding member/artistic director, Detour Theatre Company, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Over 30 years of experience working in the theatre, including over 20 as a stage director
  • “Cowboy Consensus or How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the War on Terror: Sam Shepard’s Kicking a Dead Horse,” Talking Drama: Critics on Theatre, Critics, and Criticism, Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 57-76, 2009
  • “Understanding Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing,” Instructor’s Guide for Understanding Literature, Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 2004

Awards & Honors

  • BA, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1994
  • MA, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2001
  • PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2011