Dr. John Houchin
associate professor of theatre
Courses: Acting, Theatre History, African American Theatre, American Popular Entertainment, Experimental TheatreJohn received an MFA degree in Directing and a Ph.D. in Performance History from New York University.
He is an active scholar and his research has been published in The Drama Review, The New England Theatre Journal, The Journal of American Theatre and Drama, Theatre History Studies and the Eugene O'Neill Review. His critical anthology, The Critical Response to Eugene O'Neill, was published by Greenwood Press. His most recent book, The Censorship of the American Theatre in the Twentieth Century, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2003. He is currently at work on Black Broadway, an annotated bibliography detailing the history of African American productions on Broadway. His latest article, “Bodily Fear: Recent American Performance Controversies”, appeared in Theatre 38:3.
Prior to coming to Boston College John directed nearly thirty productions in New York, Texas, and Georgia. He has also taught at Berry College in Georgia, the University of Texas at Dallas and Southern Illinois University.
At Boston College his most recent course offering involves tracing the impact of Black theatre on mainstream American entertainment. He also teaches advanced acting, theatre history, American popular entertainment and experimental theatre. He has staged eleven productions, including Dreaming Shakespeare, an experimental Shakespearean collage with original music and choreography; Dario Fo's We Won't Pay, We Won't Pay; Cole Porter's Anything Goes and Stage Door, a 1935 comedy by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman. In fall 2008 he directed Hotel Paradiso, a farce by Georges Feydeau and Maurice Desvalleres.