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. program.
As a dramaturg and actor, Andrew has worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Records, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Guthrie Theatre, First Folio Theatre, ZACH Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, 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, Edmund (King Lear), Jim O’Connor (The Glass Menagerie), Hotspur (Henry IV, Part 1), and the Poet (An Iliad). The 2017 GRSF production of An Iliad that Andrew co-created with Tarah Flanagan and Eva Scholz-Carlson has toured to UC Irvine and Utah State University and in 2019, it will be produced at The Cleveland Playhouse and the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA).
Since 2012, Andrew has served as the managing director of the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism at UT 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.Andrew is co-author of the 11th edition of textbook The Essential Theatre 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.
Andrew is an award-winning teacher. In 2016, Dr. Carlson received the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and is a 2017 Provost’s Teaching Fellow.