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Theo Black



Schwartz Ctr-Performing Arts, Room 434

Educational Background

M.F.A. Academy for Classical Acting

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


Theo Black is a Lecturer teaching Acting in Cornell's Department of Performing and Media Arts. He is the advisor for CAMP, and also advises 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; at California Shakespeare Theatre (dir. Shana Cooper), the Illinois Shakespeare Festival (dir. Catherine Weidner), and appeared as Hamlet with Ithaca Shakespeare Company. Vested in Shakespeare performance studies and production, he worked as consultant for National Theatret's production of 'Othello' in Oslo. He has also worked extensively in devised theatre with Berkeley-based "Central Works," creating new plays based on classical texts. Theo served as Assistant Director of Forensics and head speech coach for Cornell's Speech & Debate program over the past 5 years, and is invested in public speaking as a vital branch of performance & its study. 

Research Focus

Shakespeare performance studies

Public speaking


  • Performing and Media Arts