Meredith Conti

PhD

Meredith Conti.

Meredith Conti

PhD

Meredith Conti

PhD

Director of Theatre BA
Associate Professor
Affiliate, UB Gender Institute

Research Topics

Theatre and Performance Studies

Education

  • PhD, Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh
  • MA, Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh
  • BFA, Theatre Performance, Denison University

Bio

Dr. Meredith Conti (she/her) is Associate Professor of Theatre at the University at Buffalo, SUNY (UB) and a historian of nineteenth-century theatre and popular culture in the United States and Britain. Her research variously explores the intersections of theatre and medicine; nineteenth- and early twentieth-century popular entertainment forms (including world fairs, vaudeville, Wild West shows, and fancy shooting exhibitions); gender and race in the Victorian period; and guns and gun violence in theatre. 

Dr. Conti's first book, Playing Sick: Performances of Illness in the Age of Victorian Medicine, was published in 2019 by Routledge. She is currently editing two essay collections that are forthcoming in 2022: Theatre and the Macabre, co-edited with Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr., to be published as part of the University of Wales Press’s Horror Studies series; and Identity, Culture, and the Science Performance, Volume 1: From the Lab to the Streets, co-edited with Vivian Appler, which will appear in Bloomsbury’s Performance and Science: Interdisciplinary Dialogues series. Dr. Conti is also working on her second monograph entitled Gunpowder Plots: A Cultural History of Firearms and the U.S. American Theatre. This new book project has received support from fellowships and grants awarded by the American Society for Theatre Research, the Harry Ransom Center, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, UB’s Gender Institute, and UB’s Humanities Institute. Dr. Conti’s scholarship has appeared in Theatre JournalTheatre SurveyJournal of American Drama and Theatre, Journal of Dramatic Theory and CriticismStudies in Musical Theatre, and the edited collection Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture, among others. 

Dr. Conti serves as Secretary of the American Theatre and Drama Society and the Associate Chair of UB’s Department of Theatre and Dance. She is a past book review editor for Theatre Annual and currently serves on the editorial board of Theatre History Studies. Dr. Conti is a member of the Low Carbon Research Methods Workshop, an international and interdisciplinary collective of climate-conscious scholars working toward the development of a greener academy.

A member of the graduate and undergraduate faculty and an affiliate of UB's Gender Institute, Dr. Conti teaches courses on theatre history, historiography, dramaturgy, and performance research, as well as special topics courses on horror theatre and film and violence in performance. Her work in the theatre includes acting, directing, and dramaturgy.