Jay Edelnant

Jay Edelnant
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Dr. Edelnant teaches courses in theatre history, directing, and dramatic literature, directs and writes plays, and has served as Department Head, Director of Theatre, and Director of Graduate Studies. 

He has served as a consultant for various state, national, and international educational and arts agencies, and been a guest artist in Illinois, Iowa, Arkansas, Wyoming, Oregon, and Nebraska.  Dr. Edelnant has also been a Roy Carver Fellow, Sasakawa Fellow at the Japan Studies Institute, and has received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. 

He serves as a consultant and evaluator for other universities, to the Iowa Arts, Education and Humanities Boards and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has worked with the Teatr Wybrzeze and University of Gdansk, Poland, Teatro Fanny & Alexander and the Ravenna Festival, Ravenna, Italy, and the Ostrovsky Theatrical and Art Institute of Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  


He served as the National Chair of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and held many offices in that organization. For the past several years he has been an active member of the Governing Council for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, most recently authoring its newest guidelines for promotion and tenure.  He was one of the founding editors of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's national professional journal Theatre Topics. Edelnant received his B.A. from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, and master's and doctorate from Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois.


Ph.D. Performance Studies, Northwestern University
M.A., Performance Studies, Northwestern University
B.A., English, Theatre; Minor, Philosophy, MacMurray College