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Landis Magnuson, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests and Background

Prof. Landis K. Magnuson specializes in theatre direction, acting for the stage, and American theatre history. Prof. Magnuson has published research in venues such as The Palimpsest, Theatre Design and Technology, Theatre History Studies, Theatre Symposium, and Notable Women in the American Theatre. His book Circle Stock Theater: Touring American Small Towns, 1900-1960 was designated by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Book of 1996. 

Personal scholarship has centered on the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American theatre, including such popular forms as repertoire theatre, vaudeville, and the Chautauqua movement. Currently, Prof. Magnuson is continuing research on Swedish-dialect comedy and its impact upon Swedish immigrants.He joined the English Department in the fall of 1988, following teaching at Central Michigan University.

Prof. Magnuson has served as the director of the Anselmian Abbey Players since fall of 1988. In this capacity he annually directs the theatre productions presented by the Abbey Players during the school year. Recent productions include Into the Woods (2011), As You Like It (2009), The Crucible (2008), The Shadow Box (2007), The Mousetrap (2006), The Taming of the Shrew (2004), Arsenic and Old Lace (2003), Rumors (2002), The Diary of Anne Frank (2001), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2000).

Personal scholarship has centered on the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American theatre, including such popular forms as repertoire theatre, vaudeville, and the Chautauqua movement. Currently, Prof. Magnuson is continuing research on Swedish-dialect comedy and its impact upon Swedish immigrants.

Teaching

Professor Magnuson teaches courses for the English Department and Fine Arts Department.

Contact Information

Prof. Landis Magnuson

Landis Magnuson
Professor/Fine Arts Lecturer
English Department
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, NH 03102

(603) 641-7037

Office: 116 Bradley House