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Visual & Performing Arts

Richard Jay Piatt, O.S.A.

Director, Rogers Center for the Arts, and Professor of Practice in Theatre

Visual and Performing Arts

Father Richard J. Piatt, O.S.A., is a graduate of Lafayette College. He holds a master of arts in theatre from Villanova University and a Master of Divinity from Washington Theological Union, and is completing a doctorate in drama from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Degree(s)

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

Teaching

Course taught include:

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • The Politics of Performance
  • American Musical Theatre
  • Script Analysis

Professional Experience

Father Piatt has twice served on the board of directors for Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed Inc., where he currently serves on the editorial board of  the peer reviewed Journal of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed.  He also serves as the vice-chair for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region I. 

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,  “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, and (with Prof. Deb Byrd) “Scripting Stories of Resistance: Young Single Parenthood and Theater of the Oppressed” in the 2016 book Motherhood and Single Lone Parenting.

Recent directing credits at Merrimack College include: Rent, Red Herring, Into the Woods, The 9/11 Effect, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Macbeth, The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors, Doubt, Cabaret, The Santaland Diaries, and My Fair Lady.

Research

Father Piatt’s primary area of research is Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, and he continues to conduct workshops in the field.

Contact

978-837-5990
piattr@merrimack.edu

Office

Room RC, Rogers Center for the Arts