C. Austin (Chris) Hill is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Lycoming College. Recently, he was an Assistant Professor of Theater at Youngstown State University. Chris was previously the Director of the Theatre Program at Tennessee Wesleyan University. Chris holds a PhD in Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, and Criticism from The Ohio State University, specializing in Irish theatre. He is the coordinator for the Dramaturgy Program for KCACTF Region 2.
Chris recently published a chapter in The Supernatural Revamped (Barbara Brodman and James Doan, eds.), a chapter in Autumnal Faces: Old Age in British and Irish Dramatic Narratives (Katarzyna Bronk ed.), an article in Irish Studies South, and has presented at conferences across the US, in London, and in Ireland. His book, entitled Cultural History of Film in the United States, was published by Kendall Hunt Publishing in 2017.
Chris is also an active theatre artist and has directed professionally and at the university level throughout the USA. Recently, Chris directed The Importance of Being Earnest, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Urinetown: The Musical, Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice, Our Town by Thornton Wilder, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, and the World Premiere of A Night of Blacker Darkness by Allison Hill and Dan Wells, based on the book by Dan Wells (At Tennessee Wesleyan University). In Columbus, he directed the Ohio premiere of Frank McCourt’s musical The Irish…And How They Got That Way (for Solstice Theatre Company) the world premiere of Elysium Interrupted by Jill Summerville (for OSU), the Ohio premier of The Illusion by Tony Kushner (for Evolution Theatre Company), and the world premiere of King Arthur and the Sword of Britain by Philip J. Hickman (for Actor's Theatre of Columbus). Chris is excited to have made his Youngstown debut with Youngstown State University Department of Theater and Dance’s No More Peace, followed by Hairspray at the Youngstown Playhouse in May 2017. In Fall 2017, Chris directed Spring Awakening at YSU, and Caroline, or Change at the Youngstown Playhouse.