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About Kyle Gillette

Kyle Gillette earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 2007. His scholarship explores questions about travel, perception and space and time as related to modern theatre and performance. Gillette is the author of two books, Railway Travel in Modern Theatre: Transforming the Space and Time of the Stage (McFarland, 2014) and Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth (Routledge, 2016) as well as shorter pieces that appear in edited volumes, including most recently Imagined Theatres: Writing for a Theoretical Stage edited by Daniel Sack (Routledge, 2017) and Pirandello’s Visual Philosophy: Imagination and Thought Across Media edited by Lisa Sarti and Michael Subialka (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2017).
Gillette’s essays and reviews appear in top academic journals in the fields of Performance Studies and Theatre Studies, including Performance ResearchTheatre JournalModern DramaComparative Drama and the Journal of American Drama and Theatre. His current writing involves two book projects. The Invisible City: Travel, Attention and Performance explores the theatricality of urban travel and the ways art—especially literature and site-specific performance—can unearth hidden anthropologies of cities. Between the Scenes: On Theatrical Set Changes and the World’s Mutability examines the phenomenology of scenic shifts as a way to analyze cultural and philosophical views about how, and whether, the world changes.
As a director, Gillette has staged plays by Samuel Beckett, Bertolt Brecht, Peter Handke, Paula Vogel, Naomi Iizuka, Sam Shepard, Tennessee Williams, Thornton Wilder, Stanislaw Witkiewicz and others. He has also co-created or otherwise collaborated on several devised pieces.
Gillette has worked as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Stanford University’s IHUM Program and taught Cultural Research at the American Conservatory Theater. He has also developed summer programs in performance held at Oxford University and UC Berkeley.


Present Professor, Trinity University Department of Human Communication & Theatre

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Honors and Awards

  • Junior Faculty Distinguished Research and Teaching (2014)
  • Trinity University Summer Stipend (2009, 2011)
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Stanford Introduction to the Humanities (2007-8)
  • Giles Whiting Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities (2006-7)
  • Drama Department Fellowship, Stanford University (2004-6)
  • Graduate Research Opportunity Grant (2004)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Stanford University (2002-4)
  • Drama Department Fellowship, Stanford University (2001-2)
  • Departmental Honors, Trinity University (2001)


  • Creative Thinking and the Artistic Process
  • Great Books in Western Modernity
  • Readings from Western Cultures
  • Improvisation
  • Hamlet from Page to Stage
  • Futurism and its Legacy
  • Introduction to Dramatic Literature
  • Romanticism to Performance Art
  • History of Theatre
  • The Art of Travel
  • Modern Theatre
  • Arts and Ideas


2007 PhD, Stanford University ‐ Drama
2001 BA, Trinity University ‐ English and Drama

Contact Information

address: Trinity University, 1 Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
phone: 210.999.8584

Books (3)

Articles (8)