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Theo Black


Theo Black

Ives Hall

Educational Background

M.F.A. Academy for Classical Acting

B.A. Dramatic Art, U.C. Berkeley



Theo Black is a Lecturer in Cornell's Department of Performing and Media Arts. He is the advisor for CAMP, the Cornell Shakespeare Troupe, and Cornell's Public Speaking Club. A company member of The Cherry Arts, he is an Equity actor and has worked regionally for over a decade, primarily in works by Shakespeare. Venues include California Shakespeare Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, African-American Shakespeare Co., and many others. His primary research interests include scholar-practitioner Shakespeare and Eco-Shakespeare. In 2006, he worked as consultant for Norway’s National Theatre production of Othello. He has worked extensively in devised theatre with Berkeley-based "Central Works," creating new plays reinterpreting classical texts. Theo previously served as Assistant Director of Forensics and head speech coach for Cornell's Speech & Debate program, and is invested in public speaking as a vital branch of performance and its study. 


  • Performing and Media Arts


Shakespeare performance studies

Public speaking


Fall 2021

Spring 2022


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