Kyle Gillette, Ph.D.
- Acting Dean: School of Arts and Humanities (Summer and Fall 2023), and Professor , Human Communication and Theatre
Kyle Gillette is the Acting Dean of Arts and Humanities at Trinity University and a Professor in the Department of Human Communication and Theatre. His courses range from theatre history and dramatic literature seminars to performance laboratories where students reimagine ancient tragedy, explore modern realism or experiment with avant-garde manifestos.
Kyle has written three books: The Invisible City (Routledge, 2020), Railway Travel in Modern Theatre (McFarland, 2014) and a slim volume on Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth (Routledge's Fourth Wall Series, 2016). His scholarship, essays and shorter texts have been published in Invisible Cities and the Urban Imagination edited by Benjamin Linder (Palgrave, 2022), Imagined Theatres edited by Daniel Sack (Routledge, 2017) and Pirandello’s Visual Philosophy edited by Lisa Sarti and Michael Subialka (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2017) as well as in several academic journals, including Performance Research, Modern Drama, Comparative Drama, the Pirandello Society of America and the Journal of American Drama and Theatre. Dr. Gillette has published reviews of books and performances in the Contemporary Theatre Review, Theatre Survey and Theatre Journal.
As a theatre director Kyle has worked on plays ranging from ancient tragedy and comedy (by Aeschylus, Euripides and Plautus) to modern classics (including texts by Bertolt Brecht, Stanislaw Witkiewicz, Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett, Sam Shepard) and more recent plays (by Paula Vogel, Suzan-Lori Parks, Naomi Iizuka, Will Eno, Bess Wohl, Rachel Joseph and others). He has also co-developed several devised works and site-specific performances.
Before Trinity, Dr. Gillette taught as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Stanford University’s Introduction to the Humanities program and taught Cultural Research for the American Conservatory Theater's MFA in Acting. He has taught, assistant-directed and helped develop summer programs held at Oxford University and UC Berkeley. He earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University.
Chair of the Advising and Registration Committee
Editorial Board of Trinity University Press
Starting Strong QEP Implementation Team
Reading TUgether Selection Committee
Mellon Steering Committee
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
American Society for Theatre Research
Performance Studies international