Professor of Theatre Arts
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
M.F.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Schubert’s Theater of Song. New York, NY: Amadeus Press. 2009.
Gloucester” in King Lear. National Black Theatre. Take Wings and Soar Productions. New York, NY. February, 2009.
Dramaturgy for above production.
His research areas include Ancient Greek Theatre, Shakespeare, and Opera. His first book, “Electra and the Empty Urn: Metatheatre and Role Playing in Sophocles” was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1998 and has strongly influenced international Theatre and Classical Studies. “Opera’s First Master: The Musical Dramas of Claudio Monteverdi” was published in 2006 by Amadeus Press and has received wide acclaim as the first general introduction to one of the most important figures in operatic and musical history. “Schubert’s Theatre of Song”, published by Amadeus Press in 2009 is the first general introduction to Schubert’s lieder in decades and breaks new ground in viewing German song performance as a sister art to theatre.
Mark Ringer was named a Distinguished Chair for 2012-2014 affording him research opportunities in Greece to prepare his next book, “Boundaries of Humanity: A Reading of Euripides”, the first close reading of all nineteen of Euripides’ plays to be attempted in over seventy years. This will be followed by two further monographs, “To Save a World: Aristophanes’ Comedy” and a new study of Aeschylus and Sophocles.
Dr. Ringer teaches Theater History, Shakespeare, Opera, Ancient Greek Drama and Culture, Dramaturgy, as well as other subjects. He has worked as a professional dramaturg, actor, and director throughout the USA and Europe.