Ph.D. in theatre history, literature and criticism, The Ohio State University
M.A. in theatre research, University of Madison-Wisconsin
Dr. Pamela Decker is an artist/scholar who playfully blends research and practice to guide her teaching and exploration of theatre arts. At The Ohio State University, she taught introduction to theatre, theatre history, African-American theatre history, script analysis and introduction to acting. Last year she was a dramaturgical contributor and teaching artist for Cleveland Play House’s production of "The Mountaintop."
As a practitioner, her work covers a broad spectrum of theatre performance: directing experiences include selections from "The Great Game: Afghanistan" in 2012, the 2011 OSU Theatre Department’s production of "Eurydice," as well as many student-driven new works. As an actor, Decker has performed professionally throughout the United States. She has also worked as a dramaturg and tour manager, and in 2013 she served as an artist-in-residency for the Wexner Center for Performing Arts in Columbus, Ohio.
Decker’s research specializes in 20th century United States theatre performance and spectatorship. Her dissertation, titled "Theatrical Spectatorship in the United States and Soviet Union, 1921-1936: A Cognitive Approach to Comedy, Identity, and Nation," explores spectatorship in four comic theatre productions from the United States and Soviet Union through the lens of recent developments in cognitive studies. Other areas of interest include African-American theatre and performance and anti-consumerist theatre. She has performance and book reviews published in Theatre Journal.