Dr. Blair Anderson


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Blair Anderson, PhD, is an associate professor of theatre and served as chair and director of theatres from 1999 to 2010. Notable directing credits at the undergraduate Bonstelle Theatre and graduate Hilberry Theatre include: Hamlet, Great Expectations, Scapin, The Tempest, Translations, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A Winter's Tale, The Front Page, Servant of Two Masters, Inherit the Wind, Canterbury Tales, Everything in the Garden and Harvey. Particular favorites of his are: Interrogating the Nude - an homage to and about Marcel Duchamp; Nothing Sacred - a modern rendition of Turgenev's Fathers and Sons; A Taming of the Shrew, for which he was nominated for best director by The Detroit News; and Of Mice and Men and Mother Courage and Her Children, both of which were nominated for best director and best production by the Detroit Free Press. He also directed Isaac Basheviz Singer's Tiebele and Her Demon for the old Attic Theatre on Grand Boulevard in 1990.

Professor Anderson received his BA from Wartburg College (Waverly, IA), his MA from Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL) and his PhD from Wayne State University in 1989. His dissertation is titled The Demythicization of the American Dream: A Critical Analysis of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Plays from 1965 - 1985. Dr. Anderson has taught students at all levels of the university, including BFA and MFA students as well as PhD candidates. He teaches theatre aesthetics yearly, while advising students. He has taught dramatic literature, dramatic theory and criticism, and theatre history.

Originally from Iowa, Dr. Anderson has taught and directed both at Oakland University and at Wayne State for the past thirty-plus years. His wife, Melinda Pacha (coincidentally also from Iowa, though they met in Detroit) is a professor and scenic/costume designer at University of Detroit-Mercy and has freelance designed professionally throughout the greater Detroit area. Their daughter, Miranda, is a graduate of Loyola Chicago and is building a theatre career of her own in Chicago.

From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Anderson served as theatre segment host for the popular Backstage Pass weekly show on Detroit's PBS television station, Channel 56. Other interests include the other fine arts, post-modern architecture, performance art, self-reflexive works from Cervantes to Eco, traveling and camping...but only if he's not golfing.