Dr. Andrew Ian Carlson is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, teaching courses in dramaturgy, Shakespeare and theatre studies. He is the head of the B.A. in Theatre and Dance program and has served as the chair of the Season Selection Committee and Undergraduate Executive Committee.
Since 2012, Dr. Carlson has served as the managing director of the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism. With the Brockett Center, he has worked on a variety of initiatives such as The American Theatre Archive Project and the American Theatre Magazine's historical almanac column.
Dr. Carlson is a contributing author to the new 11th edition of The Essential Theatre by Oscar G. Brockett. He has also published essays in Theatre History Studies and the Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy. Dr. Carlson has presented papers 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 a professional dramaturg, actor and teaching artist. He has done dramaturgical work for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Great River Shakespeare Festival, ZACH Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, University of Illinois and The University of Texas at Austin. He has been a member of the acting company at the Great River Shakespeare Festival since 2007, where he has played roles such as Hamlet, Hotspur, Edmund, Orlando and Don Pedro.
In 2016, Dr. Carlson received the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. He also received the 2015-2016 Dad's Association Teaching Fellowship and the 2015 award for outstanding Theatre and Dance faculty.