Aaron C. Thomas is an assistant professor in the School of Theatre. His major research area is theatrical discourse surrounding sexuality and violence, and he writes primarily about images of violent masculinity in contemporary culture. As an antidote to writing about violence, he also writes extensively in the field of musical theatre studies, where his work, again, focuses on theatrical discourse surrounding sexuality, masculinity, and violence.
His first book, Sondheim and Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd, was published in March 2018. His current book project, The Violate Man, interrogates images of male/male sexual violence in U.S. American popular culture since the 1960s. He has published articles in American Theatre, Modern Drama, Theatre Survey, QED: a Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, and Theatre Topics, and he has additional work published in the Journal of Dramatic Theatre and Criticism, Theatre Journal, PAJ, New Theatre Quarterly, and Cultural Studies.
Professor Thomas has also, for several years, been the Literary Manager at Endstation Theatre Company in Central Virginia, where he works in new play development and dramaturgy.
BA Theatre Arts, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 2003
MA Theatre Studies, Florida State University, 2008
PhD Theatre Studies, Florida State University, 2012
Sondheim and Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd, (Routledge, 2018).
• “The Pink Elephant in the Room”, The Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Musical, edited by Jessica Sternfeld and Elizabeth L. Wollman, (Routledge, 2019)
• “Truth and Translation at the Heart of Violence”, Theater 49.2 (2019)
• “Music for Charlie Morel”, “A Happy Life”, etc., Imagined Theatres: Writing for a Theoretical Stage, edited by Daniel Sack, (Routledge, 2017)
• “Dancing toward Masculinity: Newsies, Gender, and Desire”, The Disney Musical on Stage and Screen: Critical Perspectives from Snow White to Frozen, edited by George Rodosthenous, (Bloomsbury Methuen, 2017)
• “My Father’s Pulse”, QED: a Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking 3.3 (2016)
• “Property Brothers”, American Theatre 33.3 (2016)
• “Watching A Raisin in the Sun and Seeing Red”, Modern Drama 58.4 (2015)
• Aaron C. Thomas and Angela Sweigart-Gallagher, “The Location’s the Thing: Endstation Theatre and Dramaturgies of Place”, Theatre Topics 25.1 (2015)
• “Viewing the Pornographic Theatre: Explicit Voyeurism, Artaud, and Ann Liv Young’s Cinderella”, Theatre as Voyeurism: the Pleasure of Watching, edited by George Rodosthenous, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
• “The Queen’s Cell: Fortune and Men’s Eyes and the New Prison Drama”, Theatre Survey 55.2 (2014)
• “Engaging an Icon: Caroline, or Change and the Politics of Representation”, Studies in Musical Theatre 4.2 (2010)