HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 1, 2014 – High Point University recently hired Nathan Hedman as professor in both the English and theatre departments. He will teach classes in composition and literature, theater history and dramaturgy.
In addition to his capacity as a professor, Hedman will serve as the head dramaturg for the theater season. In this role, Hedman will provide research support to the director and help the audience maximize their experience of the play through production notes, pre- and post-show materials and discussion.
As a professor of both English and theater, Hedman’s passion now has two outlets at HPU, and he looks to serve as an intellectual and social bridge between the two departments.
“I’m thrilled to work with students and faculty in both English and theater and enable real passage over the entrenched boundaries of text and performance,” says Hedman. “Now, English students interested in theater have a unique home, no less than theater students with a passion for literature.”
Hedman is also excited to show students how a rich and intellectual life can infuse productions to make them smarter, deeper and even more emotionally powerful. He looks forward to expanding students’ understanding of their texts through expression.
“One can just read Shakespeare profitably, but giving him legs and breath and body through performance animates his thought in incalculable ways,” adds Hedman.
Hedman holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Seattle Pacific University, a Master of Arts in liberal studies from St. John’s College, a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School, and both a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in theater and drama from Northwestern University.