Dr. Thomas Canfield has a Ph.D. in English, with a specialization in Elizabethan drama, from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Currently, he is pursuing a second master’s degree in Theatre at UMKC, where he has been the dramaturg for productions of The Country Wife, Great Expectations, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
At the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, he has contributed to productions of King Lear, Gee’s Bend, and The Drawer Boy. This season, he is writing the program essay for the Rep production of Death of a Salesman.
In six seasons as Dramaturg in Residence for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, he has contributed to summer productions of Romeo and Juliet, Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor, King Richard III, and Macbeth. He recently finished working in the same capacity on two productions for the 20th Anniversary Season in 2012: Antony and Cleopatra and A Midsummer Night's Dream. He also hopes to be involved in next summer's production, which will be As You Like It.
Last June, he presented a lecture on artistic representations of A Midsummer Night's Dream in graphic and performance art at the Kansas City Public Library. Currently, Dr. Canfield is writing a history of the first Equity playhouse in Kansas City, the Circle theatre, which was located in Union Station from 1962-67.
Dr. Canfield teaches Shakespeare and Foundations of Theatre at UMKC, and is a professor of English and Humanities at National American University. In his spare time, he is a writer and reviewer for KC Stage magazine. He also has been a new script reader for for the Unicorn Theatre and an adjudicator for the Blue Star program through Kansas City's Starlight Theatre.
The Circle Theatre (1962-67)
Kansas City's Off-Broadway Theatre in Union Station (Facebook page)