Alan Armstrong was the founding director of the Southern Oregon University Center for Shakespeare Studies, working in collaboration with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to make performance more central to Shakespeare teaching and scholarship. He led twelve NEH national Shakespeare institutes for school teachers and served as a senior scholar for NEH institutes for college and university professors at Shakespeare’s Globe (London) and the American Shakespeare Center. He is currently research dramaturg for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 productions of Henry IV, Part One and Henry IV, Part Two, and 2018 production of Henry V.
Dr. Armstrong studies both original and contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s plays. His most recent work includes a book of interviews entitled Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actors: Telling the Story; an essay discovering textual evidence for the doubling of Egeon and Dr. Pinch in original performances of The Comedy of Errors; and an article on “Actors as Evidence: Building a Character.” For many years, he also co-edited the international journal Literature and History and reviewed OSF productions for Shakespeare Bulletin.
Armstrong earned his Ph.D. in Renaissance literature from Cornell University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He has been the recipient of a Leverhulme Fellowship (University of Southampton, U.K.) and ACLS research grant (Bodleian Library, University of Oxford), and has taught also at Hamilton and Kirkland Colleges, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Mary Baldwin University/American Shakespeare Center’s graduate program in Shakespeare and Performance.
Armstrong has been production dramaturg for eight OSF Shakespeare plays: King John; Coriolanus; Henry VIII; Hamlet; Henry IV, Parts One and Two; Henry V; and Pericles. He was also dramaturg for OSF’s world premiere production of Great Expectations and literary consultant for its production of Wit.