Dr. Andrew Carlson is a faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin where he teaches courses in dramaturgy, Shakespeare, acting and performance studies. He serves as the co-head of the undergraduate studies B.A. in Theatre and Dance program.
As a dramaturg and actor, Dr. Carlson has worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Guthrie Theatre, First Folio Theatre, ZACH Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, American Records and Children's Theatre of Madison. As an actor, he has done new play readings for playwrights such as Steven Dietz, Allison Gregory, Lisa Loomer, Andrew Hinderaker, David Valdes Greenwood, Katie Bender and KJ Sanchez. He is an artistic associate with The Great River Shakespeare Festival where he has worked as an actor and educator for ten seasons, playing roles such as Hamlet (Hamlet), Edmund (King Lear), Jim O'Connor (The Glass Menagerie), Hotspur (Henry IV, Part I) and the Poet (An Iliad). The 2017 Great River Shakespeare Festival production of An Iliad, which Carlson co-directed with Tarah Flanagan and Eva Scholz-Carlson, went on tour to the University of California, Irvine and Utah State University. In 2019, it will be produced at The Cleveland Playhouse and the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA).
Since 2012, Dr. Carlson has served as the managing director of the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism at The University of Texas at Austin. With the Brockett Center, he has worked on a variety of initiatives such as The American Theatre Archive Project and American Theatre Magazine's historical almanac column. Dr. Carlson is a co-author of the 11th edition of The Essential Theatre textbook and has published essays in Theatre History Studies, American Theatre Magazine and the Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy. He has presented scholarship at the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, American Society for Eighteenth Century Research and the Mid-America Theatre Conference.
Dr. Carlson is an award-winning educator. In 2016, he received the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award and is a 2017 Provost's Teaching Fellow.