Assistant Professor
School of Theatre and Dance

B.A., Dramatic Arts and English, Centre College
M.Phil, Theatre and Performance Studies, Trinity College Dublin
Ph.D., English, The George Washington University

Affiliations: American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), American Theatre & Drama Society (ATDS), American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Disability History Association (DHA), and Modern Language Association (MLA). 

Samuel Yates, Ph.D., is a deaf artist and researcher who examines the aesthetics of disability and performance. He received his Ph.D. in English from The George Washington University, where his dissertation research earned the American Society for Theatre Research’s Helen Krich-Chinoy Dissertation Fellowship and the GWU Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship. He completed an M.Phil in Theatre and Performance Studies from Trinity College Dublin as a George J. Mitchell Scholar and a B.A. from Centre College as a John C. Young Scholar. Samuel holds a Humanity in Action Senior Fellowship for his work on performance and body politics, and has artistically collaborated with theaters such as the Abbey Theatre, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, The Samuel Beckett Centre, and Gala Hispanic Theatre. His current project, Cripping Broadway: Producing Disability in the American Musical, concerns disability aesthetics and accessibility practices in Broadway musicals, and asks how our notions of disability and the able body inform and transforms theatrical performance. You can learn more about Samuel's work at his personal webpage.

Recent publications:

  • “That Musical Politic: Musicals-as-Resistance in the Trump Era.” Musical Theatre Today, Volume 4. Yonkers International Press, 2021.
  • "'When a point goes for a walk': Accessible Design and the World of the Play." Prompt: A Journal of Theatre Theory, Practice, and Teaching, vol. 1, issue 2 (2021). 
  • “Disability and the American Stage Musical.” The Routledge Companion to Literature and Disability. Alice Hall, ed. Routledge, 2020. pp. 265-275.
  • "Deafness: Screening Signs in d/Deaf Cinema.” A Cultural History of Disability in the Modern Age. David T. Mitchell and Sharon L. Snyder, eds. Bloomsbury Press, 2020. pp. 79–94.
  • “Casting Christopher: Disability Pedagogy in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.Teaching Critical Performance Theory in Today’s Theatre Classroom, Studio, and Communities. Jeanmarie Higgins, ed. Routledge, 2020. pp. 94-107.
  • “Choreographing conjoinment: Side Show’s fleshly fixations and disability simulation.” Studies in Musical Theatre, vol. 13, no. 1 (2019). pp. 67–78.

Disciplines:  Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, Directing, Performance Studies, Disability Studies.

Courses Taught: Play Analysis, History of Theatre & Drama II, Directing, Performance Studies, Cripping Up: Access and Representation in Disability Theater, and the Body in Movie Musicals.