Dr. Jordan Schildcrout earned his B.A. in Literature from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Theatre from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He teaches courses in theatre history, theory, and dramaturgy, including seminars in LGBT Theatre, American Drama, and Hits: Broadway's Popular Plays. He previously taught at Ohio University, where he was recognized with the University Professor Award and a Faculty Mentor Award.
As a dramaturg and literary manager, he has worked for Manhattan Theatre Club, Adobe Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Fox/Searchlight Pictures, TOSOS II, and the Drama Desk-nominated Wash & Fold Theatre Project, which he co-founded. Recent work as a dramaturg includes productions of Stan Richardson's Veritas, Paula Vogel’s And Baby Makes Seven, and Purchase College's production of Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice. Other productions include William Saroyan’s The Time of Your Life, Christopher Durang’s Betty’s Summer Vacation, and Bertolt Brecht’s Man Equals Man.
Dr. Schildcrout's scholarship focuses on the representation of sexual minorities in American culture. His book Murder Most Queer: The Homicidal Homosexual in the American Theater (University of Michigan Press, 2014) examines the shifting meanings of murderous LGBT characters from the 1920s to today, showing how these controversial representations wrestle with and ultimately subvert the archetype of the "villainous homosexual." His most recent article, "Refusing the Reproductive Imperative" (Journal of American Drama and Theatre, 2015), discusses the concept of "queer futurity" in plays about the apocalypse. Other articles and reviews have appeared in Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, The Journal of Popular Culture, The Journal of American Culture, and The Oxford Handbook of American Drama.