Dr. Lezlie C. Cross

About Lezlie


After winning College of Fine Arts Teacher of the Year, 2016

Hi! I’m Lezlie. I am a theatre historian, dramaturg, and director. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Portland. Before working at UP, I was an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where I was also the Associate Artistic Director of the Nevada Conservatory Theatre. I received my PhD in Theatre History, Critical Theory, and Textual Studies from the University of Washington, my MA from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, and my BA from Whitman College.

As a scholar, my research interests include Shakespearean performance and text, nineteenth-century American theatre and popular entertainment, dramaturgy, Native American drama, historiography, and textual studies. My articles have appeared in Theatre History Studies, Theatre Annual, Shakespeare Bulletin and The Journal of American Drama and Theatre and the book projects Women on Stage, Shakespeare Expressed:  Page, Stage, and Classroom and Performing Objects and Theatrical Things.

I am both a classical and new play dramaturg and I have worked regional theatres across America. As a dramaturg, my role is to support the director, production staff, actors, and playwright (living or dead) in the manifestation of story on stage.


Emerging Scholar panelists, MATC 2017

I have presented my research, chaired panels, and contributed to roundtables at the American Society for Theatre Research, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the Shakespeare Association of America, Shakespearean Theatre Conference, the Blackfriars Conference, and the Society for Textual Scholarship. I serve on committees for the American Society for Theatre Research and the Mid-America Theatre Conference.