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Theatre & Dance Department

Steven Bouler, Ph.D.
Steven Bouler
Theatre and Dance - Assistant Professor

(507) 457-6694

Steve Bouler is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Dr. Bouler joined the Theatre Department at Saint Mary’s University in 2006. He holds a B.A. in English from Auburn University at Montgomery, an M.A. in English from Louisiana State University and a Ph. D in Dramatic Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is originally from Montgomery, Alabama and has been involved in theatre since he was 13. He teaches History of the Theatre, Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Script Analysis, Theatre Research, and Oral Communication. Steve has been teaching at the university level for almost twenty years. He was Director of Theatre at Tuskegee University, and has taught various courses in Theatre and English at LSU, Troy University, AUM, The College of Santa Fe, Cal Poly Pomona, Dominican College of San Rafael, Cal State Hayward, Ohlone College, Pasadena City College, the University of Judaism, and UCSB. He taught Theatre History and Dramatic Literature at Central College, and comes to SMU via Virginia State University where he worked to establish a theatre production program. Steve’s research interests include 18th Century performance history, theatre architecture, and the use of computer-based virtual reality in theatre history studies. He hosts a website which features his VR reconstructions of several historic theatres, including the Second Blackfriars’ Theatre (1608), and Christopher Wren’s 1674 Theatre Royal at Drury Lane. He has recently been commissioned by the Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery, Alabama to produce a VR reconstruction of the historic Montgomery Theatre of 1860.

His directing credits include Waiting for Godot, The Trojan Women, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Fences, Mud and Conduct of Life, spell #7, Dogg's Hamlet, Black Eagles: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen, The Constant Players, The Marriage of Figaro, The Rise and Ride of Daniel Rocket, On the Verge, and Playhouse Creatures.

Courses Recently Taught at SMU
Oral Communication
Theatre Research
Script Analysis
History of Theatre I
Dramatic Theory

Professional Organizations
Association of Theatre in Higher Education
American Society for Theatre Research
American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
Samuel Johnson Society of Southern California
Modern Language Association
The International Samuel Johnson Society
California Educational Theatre Association

Ph.D.,University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 2002
M.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 1987
B.A., Auburn University, Montgomery, AL, 1984

Teaching Experience
2006 to Present: Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, MN
2005-2006: Assistant Professor, Virginia State University, VA
2003-2005: Assistant Professor, Central College, IA
2000-2003: Assistant Professor and acting Chair, University of Judaism, CA
2001: Adjunct Professor, California State Polytechnic University, CA
1998-1999: Instructor, Pasadena City College, CA
1996-1999: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of California, CA
1990-1993: Director of Theatre/English Instructor, Tuskegee University, AL

Selected Presentations
"The Forgotten Plays of the Eighteenth Century", session chair at The American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Conference, April 2002, Denver, CO

A Thunder O'er the Drowsy Pit: ReVisioning Samuel Johnson's Mahomet and Irene as Performance. Presented at The American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Conference, April 21, 2001

"To Force Applause no Modem Arts are try' d.": Samuel Johnson's Irene in Modem Performance--The Samuel Johnson Society of Southern California Spring Event. Overseers= Room, Huntington Library and Gardens, April 30, 2000

"Pall'd their Appetite for Murder": Audience Intervention in Samuel Johnson's Mahomet and Irene: Presented at The Northeast American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Conference, December 11, 1999

The Virtual Drury Lane Theatre (1674-1775): Using ArchiCAD 5.0 to Re-Stage the Past~ presented at The American Society of Eighteenth Century Studies Conference, April 3, 1998

"Mistaken in the Mistress: Kate Hardcastle's design as the Veiled Woman, presented at the South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Conference, February 19, 1989

The Trojan Women by Euripides, Director and adaptor, designer, producer. Spring 2006, Virginia State University

Playhouse Creatures by April De Angelis. Director, Fall 2004 production at Theatre Central, Central College

On the Verge: or the Geography of Yearning by Eric Overmyer. Director, Spring 2004 production at Theatre Central, Central College

The Follies of a Day or The Marriage of Figaro by Beaumarchais, trans. Thomas Holcroft and The Constant Players by Marivaux, trans. By Steven Bouler. Director, Spring 2003 production at The University of Judaism

Irene: A Tragedy by Samuel Johnson, UC Santa Barbara, Spring 1999. Directed in connection with dissertation work. Only full scale production of the play since 1749. Noted in International Samuel Johnson Society newsletter

Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett, Tuskegee University, Spring 1993

Black Eagles: the Tuskegee Airmen by Leslie Lee, Tuskegee University, Spring 1993, Performed as part of 50th Anniversary celebration of formation of Tuskegee Airmen

Spell #7 by Ntozake Shange, Tuskegee University, Fall 1992

Spunk by Zora Neale Hurston and George C. Wolfe, Tuskegee University, Fall 1992

Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Tuskegee University, Spring 1992

Mud and Conduct of Life by Maria Irene Fornes, Tuskegee University, Fall 1991

Fences by August Wilson, Tuskegee University, Fall 1991

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Tuskegee University, Spring 1991

Doggs Hamlet and Cahoots Macbeth by Tom Stoppard, Tuskegee University, Fall 1990

Reviews of Garrick by Ian McIntyre, Opera and Drama in Eighteenth Century London by Ian Woodfield and The Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Drama, Gen. Ed., J. Douglas Canfield, accepted for publication by Eighteenth Century Studies