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Visual & Performing Arts

Richard Piatt

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

Professional Experience

Father Piatt 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, and is a member of the international Sociology of Theatre and Performance Research Group and 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,” “Doubt” and “Cabaret.”

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