Meredith Conti

PhD

Meredith Conti.

Meredith Conti

PhD

Meredith Conti

PhD

Director of Theatre BA
Assistant Professor
Affiliate, UB Gender Institute

Research Topics

Theatre and Performance Studies

Contact Information

Education

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

Bio

Meredith Conti is an assistant professor of theatre at the University at Buffalo, SUNY and a historian of nineteenth-century theatre and culture in the United States and Britain. Her research variously explores the intersections of theatre and medicine; late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century popular entertainment forms (minstrelsy, world fairs, music hall, etc.); gender and race in the Victorian period; and gun violence in theatre. Her first book, Playing Sick: Performances of Illness in the Age of Victorian Medicine, was published in August 2018 by Routledge, and she currently co-editing an essay collection, Theatre and the Macabre, which will be published in 2021 as part of the University of Wales Press’s Horror Studies Series. 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 is receiving support from fellowships and grants awarded by UB’s Gender Institute, UB’s Humanities Institute, the American Society for Theatre Research, the Harry Ransom Center, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Conti’s scholarship has appeared in Theatre Journal, Journal of American Drama and TheatreJournal of Dramatic Theory and CriticismStudies in Musical Theatre, and the edited collection Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture, among others. Conti serves as Book Review Editor for Theatre Annual and Co-Chair for Mid-America Theatre Conference’s Pitching Your Book and Articles-in-Progress workshops. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre performance from Denison University and a certificate from the British and American Drama Academy, an acting conservatory in London, England. Her work in the theatre includes acting, directing, dramaturgy, and stage combat choreography.