Matt Omasta leads the B.F.A. Theatre Education program and teaches courses in drama/theatre pedagogy, theatre history, dramatic literature, performance theory, and criticism. He serves as co-chair of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education's College/University/Research Network, Treasurer of the American Educational Research Association's Arts & Inquiry in the Visual & Performing Arts in Education Special Interest Group, and as Editor of the American Society for Theatre Research's ASTR Online.
Dr. Omasta's recent and forthcoming publications appear in Theatre Journal, Youth Theatre Journal, Arts & Learning Research, and the recent anthology Children under Construction: Critical Essays on Play as Curriculum. His doctoral dissertation, “Adolescent Audiences' Affective Engagement with Theatre,” won the American Educational Research Association's Arts & Learning Dissertation Award, and his stage adaptation of Lois Lowry's Gathering Blue won AATE's Unpublished Play Reading Project Award and was selected as a semi-finalist at the Bonderman Playwriting for Youth Symposium at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. He regularly presents at national and international venues including the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, the International Drama Educators Association, the American Society for Theatre Research, the American Educational Research Association, the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network, and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. His research interests include educational drama across the curriculum, corporate theatre for young audiences, and performance & cognition.
Before coming to USU, Dr. Omasta earned 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 has worked with a variety of organizations including Trinity Repertory Company, Florida Studio Theatre, and Walt Disney Entertainment.
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