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Visual & Performing Arts

Richard Piatt

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

Visual and Performing Arts


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


Fr. Rick teaches Acting,  Directing, Introduction to Theatre, The Politics of Performance, and American Musical Theatre.

Professional Experience

He is on  the board of directors for Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed, Inc, where he co-edits the peer reviewed Journal of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed .  He is a member of the international Sociology of Theatre and Performance Research Group and an active member of the 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, 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, Red Herring, Into the Woods, The 9/11 Effect, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,  Macbeth, The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors, and Doubt. 


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

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. 

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