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Willis, Susan

DepartmentEnglish & Philosophy
OfficeEnglish and Philosophy
Office HoursMTWTh 11:30-12:30; M 2-5; and by appointment
Office Location338 Liberal Arts


     Susan Willis (Ph.D., University of Virginia) joined the AUM faculty as a specialist in modern British literature. Almost immediately she began doing extensive research in Shakespeare production studies, her other academic specialty, began teaching Shakespeare, and published The BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon based on her observation work at the BBC. She also served as Coordinator of the Master of Liberal Arts program from 1992 to 2003 and has received AUM’s Distinguished Teaching Award. In addition to Shakespeare she also teaches fantasy literature and has taught Modern Drama, Modern British Poetry, and Modern British Novel. 

     In addition to her classroom work, Dr. Willis has for almost 30 years served as Dramaturg (resident scholar) for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and has also been a professional director there as well as a faculty member for its Master of Fine Arts/Professional Actor Training program. Her mainstage directing at ASF includes Richard III (in the Wars of the Roses sequence), The Taming of the Shrew, God of Carnage, Steel Magnolias, and several Southern Writers’ Project premieres, including The Moving of Lilla Barton and all three ASF productions of Fair and Tender Ladies

EducationPh.D. (1974) University of Virginia
M.A. (1970) University of Virginia
B.A. (1969) with honors, Emory University