Mary Jo Lodge, professor of theater
Research areas: Lodge is a theater artist and musical theater scholar. Her areas of expertise as a creative artist include directing, choreographing and acting. As a director, she specializes in musical theater, theater for young audiences, and literary adaptations. Her research, writing, and publications focus on several related areas: popular culture as entertainment, the musical and popular culture, the musical and gender, musical theater form and structure, and the musical in mediums beyond the stage.
Her Lafayette journey: Lodge joined the Lafayette faculty in 2005. She previously taught at Central Michigan University and founded its BFA musical theater program. She holds a Ph.D. in theater from Bowling Green State University, an M.A. in theater from Villanova University, and an undergraduate performance degree from Catholic University. She is also active internationally as a musical theater scholar, and has published work on the director/choreographer, the television musical, and dance in the musical. Dueling Grounds: Revolution and Revelation in the Musical Hamilton, which she co-edited and wrote with musicologist Paul Laird, was published in May 2021 by Oxford University Press. She is writing and editing a new collection for Routledge, which will be published in 2023, called Milestones in Musical Theatre, featuring work from leading musical theater scholars around the world.
What she’ll be teaching in the fall: This fall, Lodge is teaching THTR130: Acting I, and directing and choreographing the musical Head Over Heels for the College in November.