- Carthage College
Dr. Neil Scharnick (’99) is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and serves as coordinator of Carthage’s one-of-a-kind New Play Initiative, commissioning new work by award-winning playwrights and premiering them at Carthage. Joining the Theatre faculty at Carthage full-time in 2004, Scharnick earned his Ph.D. in Theatre & Drama at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015, his M.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University in 2001, and a B.A. in both Religion and Communication & Performing Arts from Carthage in 1999.
He regularly teaches Play Reading & Analysis and the cycle of theatre history courses, in addition to creating and frequently leading the Ensemble & Experimental Acting course. Scharnick directs one production each season, with past Carthage productions including Brian Friel’s Translations; David Auburn’s Proof; G.B. Shaw’s Arms and the Man, Jean-Claude van Itallie and Joseph Chaikin’s The Serpent; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Mohan Rakesh’s One Day in the Season of Rain (New Play Initiative); Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone; Martin Maguire’s A Clamour of Rooks (New Play Initiative, premiered at Smock Alley in Dublin, Ireland); John Cariani’s Almost, Maine; Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead; Caridad Svich’s The Breath of Stars (New Play Initiative, presented at CrisisArt Festival, Arezzo, Italy, 2016); and John Dryden’s Marriage à la Mode.
Prof. Scharnick has presented his work at the annual conferences of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the Association for Asian Performance (AAP), and at UW-Madison’s Center for Early Modern Studies. He is also a member of Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA) and is a Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) Associate. His primary research and production interests include Restoration theatre, new play dramaturgy, theatre and faith, and ensemble and experimental playmaking and performance.
Dr. Neil Scharnick, a Carthage graduate, has been teaching Theatre at Carthage since 2003. He teaches Play Reading & Analysis, the cycle of theatre history courses, Ensemble & Experimental Acting, and directs one production each season. Scharnick also serves as Director of Carthage’s one-of-a-kind New Play Initiative, commissioning new work by award-winning playwrights to develop and premiere at Carthage.
Assistant Professor of Theatre
- Ph.D. — Theatre & Drama, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- M.A. — Theatre, Northwestern University
- B.A. — Religion, Communication & Performing Arts, Carthage College
- THR 1110 Introduction to Acting
- THR 1150 Introduction to Theatre
- THR 2900 Play Reading & Analysis
- THR 3260 History of Pre-Modern Theatre
- THR 3270 History of Classical Theatre
- THR 3280 History of Modern Theatre
- THR 4010 Senior Seminar in Theatre
- GNR 675J Ensemble & Experimental Acting