Department of Theatre
Associate Professor, Associate Department Head, and Director of Theatre Education
PhD-Arizona State University
Matt Omasta is Associate Professor and Associate Department Head for the Department of Theatre Arts, where he leads the B.F.A. programs in Theatre Education & Applied Theater and teaches courses in drama pedagogy, theatre for young audiences, applied theatre, and theatre history, literature, theory, and criticism. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) and as Program Chair for the Arts & Learning Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA); he has previously held served on the Executive Committee of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) and in other leadership roles with AERA.
Dr. Omasta's recent publications include the books Play & Performance (Routledge), Playwriting and Young Audiences (Intellect), and Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life (SAGE). His scholarly articles appear in Theatre Topics, Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre & Performance, Theatre Journal, Youth Theatre Journal, TYA Today, and the International Journal of Education & the Arts.
Recently Dr. Omasta has been honored with the Founders Award from the Educational Research Association, the Johnny Saldaña Outstanding Professor of Theatre Education Award, Lin Wright Special Recognition Award and the Research Award from AATE, as well as USU's Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award & Eldon J. Gardner Teach of the Year award. He regularly presents his research at national and international venues including AATE, IDEA, ASTR, AERA, The International Drama Education Research Institute, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the International Drama Education Association. As a creative artist, he has recently directed productions with the Utah Festival Conservatory of the Performing Arts (Logan, UT), Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD) and Unicorn Theatre (Logan, UT) as well as mainstage and touring productions at USU.
Dr. Omasta holds a Ph.D. in Theatre for Youth / Educational Drama from Arizona State University, a M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and a B.A. in Drama from Ithaca College. He has taught at Emerson, ASU, Providence College, and the University of Rhode Island, and worked with a variety of organizations including Imagination Stage, Trinity Repertory Company, Florida Studio Theatre, and Walt Disney Entertainment.