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Thomas Hischak



Professional Profile

   Thomas Hischak is the author of twenty-eight non-fiction books about theatre, film, and popular music. He is also the author of fifty published plays which are performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. Hischak is a Fulbright scholar who has taught and directed in Greece, Lithuania, and Turkey. From 1983 to 2015 he was Professor of Theatre at the State University of New York at Cortland where he has received such honors as the 2004 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity and the 2010 SUNY Outstanding Achievement in Research Award. Five of his books have been cited as Outstanding Non-fiction Books by the American Library Association and The Oxford Companion to the American Musical was cited as an Outstanding Reference Work by the New York City Public Library in 2008.

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Teaching and Related Service


  • M.F.A. in Theatre, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1978.
  • B.A. in Theatre & English, St. Louis University (St. Louis, MO), 1973. 

Area of Research:

  • American Film
  • World Theatre
  • Musical Theatre  
  • Film American Popular Music

Classes Taught:

  • American Film
  • History World Theatre
  • History Musical Theatre
  • American Popular Mu

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