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Visual & Performing Arts

Richard Piatt

Assistant Professor

BA Lafayette College
MA Villanova University
M.Div Washington Theological Union
Ph.D. (anticipated) Goldsmiths, University of London

Fr. Richard J. Piatt, O.S.A. holds an MA in theatre from Villanova University, an M.Div. from Washington Theological Union, and is currently finishing his doctorate in Drama from Goldsmiths, University of London.  His primary area of research is Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, and he continues to conduct workshops in the field. He has served on the board of directors for Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed, Inc and is a member of the international Sociology of Theatre and Performance Research Group. Publications include “There are no Good Torturers: Theatre of the Oppressed and the Problem of Evil” in the book Mis/Representing Evil: Evil in an Interdisciplinary Key, and “Faith Acts:  Exploring the Possibilities for Theatre of the Oppressed and Latin American Liberation Theology” in Come Closer: Critical Conversations about the Practice of Theatre of the Oppressed and Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Recent directing credits include: Rent, Into the Woods, The 9/11 Effect, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and the Macbeth, The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors, and Doubt.  At Merrimack, Fr. Rick teaches Acting,  Directing, Introduction to Theatre, The Politics of Performance, and American Musical Theatre.