Barbara Black

Barbara Black, AB Bryn Mawr College; MA, PhD, University of Virginia. Professor, Tisch Chair in the Arts and Letters, Skidmore College.

Barbara Black is Professor of English and Tisch Chair in Arts and Letters at Skidmore College, where she has received the Ciancio Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is the author of On Exhibit (Virginia 2000), A Room of His Own (Ohio 2012), and Hotel London (Ohio State 2019), and a co-editor of Olive Schreiner’s Dreams (Broadview 2020). Black’s essays have appeared in such venues as Victorian Poetry, Dickens Studies Annual, and Salmagundi. She has served on the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies board and as Book Review Editor of Nineteenth-Century Contexts. She currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Committee for PMLA

Angela Brazil

Angela Brazil, BA, California State University at Chico; MFA, University of Iowa. Director of Brown University/Trinity MFA Programs in Acting and Directing; Resident Acting Company Member, Trinity Repertory Company.

Angela Brazil assumed the Directorship of Brown/ Trinity Rep’s MFA Programs in Acting and Directing this year. She continues to teach in the program’s Voice and Speech department. She has been a member of Trinity Rep’s resident acting company since 2000, and co-directed the company’s production of A Christmas Carol this year with her husband and fellow company member Stephen Thorne (a longtime member of the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble). This year’s production was the highest-grossing production in the theater’s 53-year history. She has performed in regional theaters around the country, recorded numerous audiobooks, and works in Rhode Island-area public and private schools as a teaching artist.

Dennis Britton

Dennis Britton, BA, University of Southern California; MA, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Associate Professor of English, University of British Columbia.

Dennis Britton is Associate Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Becoming Christian: Race, Reformation, and Early Modern English Romance (2014), coeditor with Melissa Walter of Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study: Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies (2018), and coeditor with Kimberly Anne Coles of “Spenser and Race,” a special issue of Spenser Studies (2021). He is currently working on a monograph entitled “Shakespeare and Pity: Feeling Difference on the Early Modern English Stage” and a new critical edition of Othello.

Dare Clubb

Dare Clubb, BA, Amherst College; MFA, DFA, Yale School of Drama. Associate Professor of Playwriting, Dramatic Literature, and Theory, University of Iowa.

Dare Clubb teaches playwriting, dramatic literature, and theory at the Iowa Playwrights Workshop of the University of Iowa.  He has taught at Princeton University, Barnard College, the New School for Social Research, and Jawaharlal Nehru University, and was playwright-in-residence at the Juilliard School from 1985-87.  His plays have been performed at the Yale Repertory Theatre, Juilliard, and the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. His original play Oedipus received an OBIE award in 1999. He received the University of Iowa Collegiate Teaching Award in 2007 and was a University of Iowa Faculty Scholar from 2009 to 2012. 

Tyler Curtain, BSc, University of Colorado at Boulder; PhD, Johns Hopkins University. Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Stephen Donadio

Stephen Donadio, BA, Brandeis University; MA, PhD, Columbia University. John Hamilton Fulton Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Director Emeritus of the Program in Literary Studies, Middlebury College.

Stephen Donadio received his B.A. degree from Brandeis University, was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Paris (Sorbonne), and completed his doctorate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses before moving to Middlebury College. A recipient of NEH and Rockefeller fellowships, he is longtime member of the Bread Loaf faculty, and served as editor of the New England Review for twenty years. At Middlebury he is currently the Fulton Professor of Humanities and Director of the Program in Literary Studies. He has written on Nietzsche and Henry James, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Walker Percy, Joseph McElroy, and Thomas Pynchon, among others, as well as modern poets including John Ashbery, Allen Ginsberg, and A.R.Ammons. At present his principal research interests are centered on a range of texts that challenge some established critical assumptions regarding the boundaries seen as separating certain literary categories, periods, and movements.

Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, the Public Theater at Astor Place; Professor of Dramatic Writing, Arts, and Public Policy at New York University.

John M. Fyler

John Fyler, AB, Dartmouth College; MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley. Professor of English, Tufts University.

John Fyler is a Professor of English at Tufts University, where he teaches medieval literature. His books include Chaucer and Ovid and Language and the Declining World in Chaucer, Dante, and Jean de Meun; he is currently finishing a book on Troilus and Criseyde. His recent essay “Language Barriers” won a prize from Studies in Philology. He has been an ACLS and Guggenheim Fellow, and has had resident fellowships at the Camargo and Bogliasco Foundations, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and the Huntington Library. Most recently, he has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome, and at the Liguria Study Center in Bogliasco. 

Shalom Goldman, BA, New York University; MA, Columbia University; PhD, New York University. Pardon Tillinghast Professor of Religion, Middlebury College.

Michael R. Katz

Michael R. Katz, BA, Williams College; MA, DPhil, University of Oxford. C. V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies, Middlebury College.

Michael Katz is the C. V. Starr Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies at Middlebury College. He has published two monographs on 19th century Russian literature (one on literary ballads and the other on literary dreams) and he has translated twenty Russian novels into English, including works by Herzen, Chernyshevsky, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. In 2015 he won an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship given by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. His translation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, published in 2017, was issued as a Norton Critical Edition in 2019. Katz has recently completed a translation of Nikolai Gogol’s short stories for Norton and is editing a volume for the MLA series Approaches to Teaching on Crime and Punishment. He is beginning work on a new translation of The Brothers Karamazov, which will also be published by Norton.

Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai, BA, Washington and Lee University; MA, Middlebury College. MFA Faculty at Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University; Artistic Director, Story Studio Chicago.

Rebecca Makkai’s latest novel, The Great Believers, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; it was the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, and the LA Times Book Prize; and it was one of the New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2018. Her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime — four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. Rebecca is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago. Visit her at or on twitter@rebeccamakkai.

Craig Maravich, BA, MFA, George Washington University/Shakespeare Theatre Academy for Classical Acting. Director, Beyond the Page program.

Craig Maravich is the Director of Beyond the Page (BtP), a Bread Loaf initiative that emerged from the work of BL Acting Ensemble. BtP collaborates across Middlebury College with undergraduate departments, The Collaborative in Conflict Transformation, Monterey Institute of International Studies, and The Bread Loaf Teacher’s Network. Maravich is Co-Founder of Courageous Stage – a company that uses theatre to activate creativity in schools across Vermont. A member of Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble since 2010 and his work as an actor spans a professional career of 20 years. He is a recipient of a Vermont Thriving Communities Grant and the 2021 A. Bartlett Giamatti Award for Professional Development at Bread Loaf/Middlebury.

Kate Marshall

Kate Marshall, BA, University of California, Davis; MA, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles. Associate Dean of Research and Strategic Initiatives; Director of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts; Associate Professor of English, University of Notre Dame.

Kate Marshall is associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, where she also serves on the faculty of the history and philosophy of science. She is the author of the award-winning Corridor: Media Architectures in American Fiction (2013) and articles on fabulism, weird fiction, media theory, and technology. She was the 2016-2017 Founders’ Fellow at the National Humanities Center, where she completed work on her study of nonhuman narration and radical exteriority in contemporary thought and literature. She co-edits the Post45 book series at Stanford University Press, and is currently working on a compact theory of the contemporary novella.

Brian McEleney

Brian McEleney, BA, Trinity College; MFA, Yale School of Drama. Founding Director of the Brown University/Trinity MFA Programs in Acting and Directing; Associate Director and Acting Company Member, Trinity Repertory Company.

Brian is Director of the Theatre Program at the Bread Loaf School of English. Since 1984 he has performed in over two dozen Bread Loaf productions, including Twelfth Night, Macbeth, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, Richard II, Measure for Measure, Uncle Vanya, All’s Well That Ends Well, and The Merchant of Venice. He has directed Bread Loaf productions of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, To Kill a Mockingbird, Blues for Mister Charlie, U.S.A., Othello, A Tale of Two Cities, Jane Eyre, Johnny Eyre, and The Tempest. As a long-time member of the Trinity Rep Acting Company, he has played over 75 roles, including King Lear, Richard II, Richard III, Cassius, and Malvolio. He has also directed over 25 productions, including Hamlet, Our Town, All the King’s Men, A Raisin in the Sun, The Grapes of Wrath, House and Garden, Twelfth Night, and Ivanov.

Cruz Medina

Cruz Medina, BA, University of California, Santa Barbara; MFA/MA, Chapman University; PhD, University of Arizona. Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, Santa Clara University.

Cruz Medina is associate professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Santa Clara University. Cruz served as co-chair of the NCTE/CCCC Latinx Caucus from 2017-2021. He has been Bread Loaf School of English faculty since 2016 and was awarded the M. Ruth Marino chair in 2017 for teaching innovation. His monograph Reclaiming Poch@ Pop: Examining the Rhetoric of Cultural Deficiency was published in 2015 by Palgrave. His current research applies decolonial methods and CRT to a volunteer English program with predominantly Indigenous Guatemalan students.

Ian Newman, BA, MA, University of Cambridge; PhD, University of California, Los Angeles. Associate Professor of English, University of Notre Dame.

Ian Newman is Associate Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, and a fellow of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish studies. He has published widely on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and Irish literature and culture. He is the author of The Romantic Tavern: Literature and Conviviality in the Age of Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and co-editor of Charles Dibdin and Late Georgian Culture (Oxford University Press, 2018), and (with David O’Shaughnessy) Charles Macklin and the Theatres of London (Liverpool University Press, 2022). He is also responsible for a digital project tracing the meeting places of the London Corresponding Society, and a digital edition of the manuscript ballad collection of Francis Place, was a founding editor of the Keats Letters Project, and is board member of the 19th-century Song Club.

Mark Rasmussen

Mark Rasmussen, BA, MA, Harvard University; PhD, Johns Hopkins University. Charles J. Luellen Professor of English, Centre College.

Mark Rasmussen received a B.A. and M.A. from Harvard and an M.A. and PhD from Johns Hopkins. Since 1989 he has taught at Centre College, where he is currently Charles J. Luellen Professor of English, offering courses in medieval and early modern literature (including Chaucer, Spenser, and Shakespeare), literary theory, history of the English language, and first-year humanities. He says that his greatest challenges, and greatest pleasures, as a teacher come from encouraging students to connect with the literature of earlier periods, and helping them to become better writers.

He has published essays on a range of topics in his fields and has edited two landmark collections: Renaissance Literature and Its Formal Engagements (2002), which helped refresh attention to questions of form in English Renaissance literature, and Life in Words (2014), the collected essays of the distinguished medievalist, Jill Mann. His current project is a study of poetic complaint from classical antiquity to the Renaissance.

Michelle Robinson

Michelle Bachelor Robinson, BA, Cameron University; MA, PhD, University of Louisville. Director of Comprehensive Writing and English Faculty, Spelman College; Change Curriculum Coordinator, BLSE.

Dr. Michelle Bachelor Robinson is the Director of the Comprehensive Writing Program at Spelman College. Actively involved in community-engaged research and writing in historically Black spaces, her publications include co-editor of The Routledge Reader of African American Rhetoric, articles in Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition and Council of Writing Program Administration (CWPA), and the senior contributing author for OpenStax Writing Guide with Handbook. Dr. Robinson joined the Bread Loaf faculty in the summer of 2019, offering courses in rhetoric and writing practice and pedagogy.

James Sanchez

James Chase Sanchez, BA, MA, University of Texas at Tyler; PhD, Texas Christian University. Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, Middlebury College.

James Chase Sanchez is an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Middlebury College. He recently published two books, a co-authored monograph titled Race, Rhetoric, and Research Methods and a single-authored monograph titled Salt of the Earth: Rhetoric, Preservation, and White Supremacy. The latter book draws upon his 2018 documentary, Man on Fire, which premiered on PBS’s Independent Lens and won an International Documentary Association Award. Sanchez is currently finishing production of two more documentaries: one titled North Putnam, which is a direct cinema approach to an incredible school district in rural Indiana (and is executive produced by famed author Dave Eggers). The other film, titled In Loco Parentis, investigates a decades-long fight to reconcile sexual abuse at two prestigious New England boarding schools. In Loco Parentis is represented by Submarine Entertainment, who have developed and sold six of the last twelve Academy Awards in Documentary.

Cheryl Savageau

Cheryl Savageau, BS, Clark University; MA, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Poet, Memoirist, Storyteller, Artist.

Cheryl Savageau has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and is a four-time resident at MacDowell where she was the Isabella Gardner Fellow in 2022. Her memoir, Out of the Crazywoods, navigates her experience of living with bipolar/manic depressive illness. Her collections of poetry include Home Country, Mother/Land, and Dirt Road Home, which was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. Her children’s book, Muskrat Will Be Swimming, was a Smithsonian Notable Book, and won the Skipping Stone Award for Children’s Environmental Literature. She has worked as a mentor to Native writers through Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, and Gedakina, a northeast Native organization, and edited the online journal, Dawnland Voices 2.0.

Ben Steinfeld

Ben Steinfeld, BA, MFA, Brown University; Adjunct Professor and Artistic Associate at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University. Co-artistic director, Fiasco Theater.

Robert Sullivan

Robert Sullivan, AB, Georgetown University. Contributing editor, A Public Space.

Robert Sullivan is the author of numerous books, including The Meadowlands, My American Revolution, A Whale Hunt and Rats, a New York Times bestseller. His essays and reporting have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper’s, and Vogue, among many others. He is contributing editor at A Public Space. He lives in Philadelphia.

Sam Swope, BA, Middlebury College; MA, University of Oxford. Founder and president, Academy for Teachers.

Sam Swope is president of the Academy for Teachers and dean emeritus of the Teacher Institute at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. He’s the author of I Am a Pencil: A Teacher, His Kids, and Their World of Stories, The Araboolies of Liberty Street, The Krazees, Gotta Go! Gotta Go!, and Jack and the Seven Deadly Giants. 

David Wandera

David Bwire (Wandera), BEd, Moi University, Kenya; MA, MLitt, Middlebury College; PhD, The Ohio State University. Associate Professor of Special Education, Language and Literacy, The College of New Jersey.

David B. Wandera is an Associate Professor in the department of Special Education, Language and Literacy in the School of Education, at The College of New Jersey. His scholarship is located within the field of transcultural literacy studies. Originally from Kenya, he is a linguistic anthropologist who studies the changing nature of language and identity practices among youth in globalizing localities. His current project on decolonizing research traditions illustrates how the field of literacy research can benefit from cross-cultural epistemic collaborations.

Susanne Wofford

Susanne Wofford, BA, Yale College; BPhil, Oxford University; PhD, Yale University. Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study and English, New York University.

Formerly the Dean of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Susanne Wofford is Professor of English and Individualized Study at NYU. She has taught at Bread Loaf for many summers since 1989. A cofounder of the Theater Without Borders International Research Collaborative, her current work focuses on transnational European Early Modern Drama, looking both at Italian and French plays and novellas in relation to Shakespeare, but also at the ancient theater, and especially at the relation of Shakespeare and Roman Comedy, and Shakespeare and Euripides. She has served as President and Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America, and President and board member of the International Spenser Society. She is author of The Choice of Achilles: The Ideology of Figure in the Epic (1992); Epic Traditions in the Contemporary World (co-edited with Jane Tylus and Margaret Beissinger,1999); Shakespeare: The Late Tragedies (ed.1995); and Hamlet: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism (ed. 1994). Recent work includes: Hymen and the Gods on Stage in Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Italian Pastoral,” in Transnational Mobilities in Early Modern Theater (2014); “Foreign Emotions in Twelfth Night,” in Theatre Crossing Borders: Transnational and Transcultural Exchange in Early Modern Drama (2008);  “Foreign” in 21st Century Approaches to Early Modern Theatricality (2013); “Globalization” in Shakespeare in our Time (2016); “Origin Stories of Fear and Tyranny: Blood and Dismemberment in Macbeth (with a Glance at the Oresteia)” in Comparative Drama (2017), a special issue ed. by Silvia Bigliazzi on The Tyrant’s Fear; and “Veiled Revenants and the Risks of Hospitality: Euripides’ Alcestis, the Renaissance novella, and Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing” in Rethinking  Shakespeare  Source  Study: Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies, eds. Dennis Britton and Melissa Walter (Routledge 2018).


Bryan Wolf

Bryan Wolf, BA, Rice University; MAR, Yale Divinity School; MA, PhD, Yale University; Jones Professor, Emeritus, in American Art and Culture, Stanford University and Visiting Professor, Yale University.

Bryan Wolf is a Visiting Professor in American Studies and Art History at Yale.  While a faculty member at Stanford, he co-directed the Stanford University Arts Initiative, an interdisciplinary effort to expand the role of the arts in undergraduate and graduate education.  His books include Romantic Re-Vision: Culture and Consciousness in American Art and Literature; Vermeer and the Invention of Seeing; and American Encounters, a co-authored textbook on American art.  A former Guggenheim Fellow, he has served as the Senior Visiting Scholar at the Terra Foundation Residency for American Art in Giverny, France.  The Yale Daily News voted him one of the “Ten Best Teachers at Yale.”  His current work centers on the way that artists like Philip Guston and Martin Puryear address issues surrounding the Holocaust and the Civil Rights movement.

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