M. Shane Grant
Ph.D. Florida State University - Theatre Studies
MA Miami University of Ohio - Directing Emphasis
BFA University of Colorado, Boulder - Acting
Dr. Grant balances his work between artistic and scholarly endeavors. His directing credits include: "Getting Out" (Marsha Norman); "The Foreigner" (Larry Shue); "Angels in America; A Gay Fantasia on National Themes: Part Two - Perestroika" (Tony Kushner); "The House of Yes" (Wendy MacLeod); and "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls" (Christopher Durang) among others.
In the classroom, Shane has experience teaching both traditional, academic courses as well as practice-based performance classes. He teaches "Western Theatre History", "Play Analysis", "Beginning and Intermediate Acting", "Introduction to Theatre", and "Public Speaking". He plans on adding "Directing and Ensemble Performance" to this list in the near future.
Shane's scholarly interests focus on the simultaneous presence of both assimilationist and anti-assimilationist narratives in contemporary American theatre and popular culture. He is currently working on transforming his dissertation "Under the Rainbow: Post-closet Gay-male Representation in American Television and Theatre" into a book. Shane has presented scholarship at several national conferences on various topics, and is an active member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). At this year's ATHE conference Shane presented research revealing how the flexibility of white identity compromises the seeming diversity of the glee club members in Fox's television hit, Glee.
As an actor, Shane has worked in community, academic, fringe, and professional theatres. Some favorite roles include: "The World Goes 'Round" (Ensemble); "Company" (Harry); "The Twilight Zone: Live on Stage" (Multiple Roles); "Into the Woods" (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf); "The Bacchae" (Pentheus); "The Grapes of Wrath" (Tom Joad); "The Glass Menagerie" (Jim O'Conner); and "Cabaret" (Herr Schultz), for which he won the Denver Drama Critic's Circle Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Grant by email or phone with any question(s) you might have about theatre at Millsaps.