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Nathaniel Leonard

Nathaniel Leonard

Assistant Professor, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
 Westminster Hall 224
  • English


Scholarly/Professional Highlights

In the summer of 2015, Professor Leonard presented a paper, “All ‘Metatheatre’ is Not Created Equal: The Knight of the Burning Pestle, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the Navigation of the Spectrum of Dramatic Representation” at the ‘Meta-Play: Early Modern Drama and Metatheatre’ Conference at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. 

In 2014, he was invited to give a talk-back after 2 Pence Theatre Company’s production of Women Beware Women in Chicago, IL. 

In 2012, Professor Leonard published "Embracing the 'Mongrel:' John Marston's The Malcontent, Antonio and Mellida, and the Development of English Early Modern Tragicomedy" in The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies.

He co-wrote the script of a short film Mossadegh (2012), about the democratically elected and then deposed prime minister of Iran. It has been screened at more than twenty festivals, both in the United States and internationally, and was nominated for Best Screenplay (Shorts) by the Maverick Movie Awards. http://mossadeghfilm.com


  • Kenyon College '03 - BA double majoring in English and Drama
  • University of York, UK '05 - MA in Renaissance Literature
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst '13 - PhD in English Literature


Professor Leonard became a member of Westminster's English department faculty in the fall of 2013. He specializes in English dramatic literature from the 16th and 17th centuries (i.e. Shakespeare and his contemporaries), and has also developed teaching interests and experience in drama across periods, Renaissance literature more generally, pre-1800 English literature, and performance studies.

Many of Professor Leonard's scholarly pursuits hinge on the unique issues associated with reading and analyzing texts intended for performance. His dissertation focuses on the interaction between the restaging of cultural performances and dramatic genre in the theatrical literature of the English Renaissance. Professor Leonard is currently working as a Contributing Editor and Online Editor for the Blackwell Anthology Renaissance Drama and finishing an article discussing the legal, religious, and cultural issues associated with marriage in two of Shakespeare’s comedies.

His desire to teach and study dramatic literature is rooted, in part, in his deep commitment to staged performance. Over the past twenty years, he has directed, written, performed, and done technical work for more than sixty academic and professional productions. His adaptation of the Faust legend, faust[us], was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In recent years, Professor Leonard has directed student casts in full productions of Macbeth and Beaumont's Knight of the Burning Pestle, as well as several staged readings. Since coming to Westminster, Professor Leonard has been extremely active with theatre on campus and has directed full productions of The Trojan Women and The Importance of Being Earnest as well as helping to organize and direct a variety of student productions and readings.

Personal Information

When Professor Leonard isn't teaching or researching, he enjoys film, fishing, and spending time with his incredible wife, Sara, and his wonderful son, Charlie.

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