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Justin Poole

DEPARTMENT: Theater Dept

POSITION: Assistant Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | UC 275E

PHONE: (540) 432-4271


Justin Poole earned a BA in Communications with a Theater Emphasis at Eastern University. He holds an MA in Theatre from Villanova University and a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland. Poole spent time studying experimental performance in Europe thanks to the Ernst Mach Grant through the Austrian Academic Exchange Program. He and his wife also led a theatre-focussed semester-long study abroad program to Europe for EMU in the fall of 2016. He founded Wanderlust Theatre Company ( and produced original work in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Harrisonburg. His research interests are devised theater/ensemble play development, contemporary European experimental performance, and contemporary performances of classical texts.


Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies (University of Maryland, College Park, 2011)
MA in Theatre (Villanova University, 2006)
BA in Communications with a Theatre Emphasis (Eastern University, 2002)

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

“Performance Review: Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe.” Theatre Journal, May 2010.

“Understanding the Ethics of Cross-Cultural Collaboration: A Western-Centric
Practitioner’s Approach to Developing Theatre for an Arab Culture Organization.” International Publics: Creating Theatre Away from Home. Mid-American Theatre Conference. Cleveland, Ohio, March 2010.

“Report on Informal European Theatre Meeting in Bratislava.” GIFT: zeitschrift für freies theater (Vienna’s journal for independent theatre), July 2009.

“Initiatives for Cross-Cultural Collaboration in the Performing Arts in Europe and the United States.” Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium. Villanova, PA, January 2009.

“The Performance of Austria/Europe at the European Capital of Culture in Linz, Austria.” American Anthropological Association. San Francisco, CA, November 2008.