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T. Paul Pfeiffer, Ph.D

Artistic Director, Bobbi Biron Theatre Program
Fulton Hall 204, 410-543-6235,
tppfeiffer@salisbury.edu
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Since beginning his career as a professor of Theatre twenty-seven years ago at Salisbury University, Dr. Pfeiffer has been in active pursuit of his two academic loves – History and the Theatre.  He teaches courses in accents and dialects, acting comedy, acting Shakespeare, and theatre history. He completed his Master’s degree at the University of Maryland in 1985 in Theatre History and Directing and his Doctoral degree at the Union Institute in 1992 in Theatre History and Performance. He has also extended these studies to include professional training in Renaissance and Baroque dance at the Amherst Early Music Institute and in acting at the Herbert Berghoff Studio in New York.  Most of his professional acting training, however, has been in the classical theatre.  Dr. Pfeiffer has studied at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. and at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.  At the Globe, he was one of twenty-four American educators selected to train in a three-week workshop entitled ‘Shakespeare in Performance’ as taught by theatre professionals from Great Britain, Australia and the U.S.  He has continued to combine these areas of expertise not only in his teaching but also in the wide range of productions he has directed for the University’s Bobbi Biron Theatre Program.  He teaches all of the theatre history, advanced voice and acting courses for Theatre Program, which places a strong emphasis on the study of classical acting.  Serving as Director of Theatre since 1989, Dr. Pfeiffer has led the theatre’s development to wide recognition for the quality of its theatrical seasons and the rigors of its acting training program.  Most recently, this leadership has garnered a $500,000 endowment for the program and a new theatre major.

Dr. Pfeiffer also answered the call of the professional theatre where he has acted for the Riverside Shakespeare Theatre in Manhattan, among others.  He has also very recently entered the British professional theatre this time as a playwright.  His one man play, APOLOGY FOR THE LIFE OF AN ACTOR, based on the life of 18th century actor/manager Colley Cibber, was given a special showcase at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘The Other Place’ in 1999.  The play received public and critical enthusiasm. Stephen Pimlott, Artistic Director of ‘The Other Place,’ described Dr. Pfeiffer’s ability to bring the 18th century to life on the stage as, “Brilliant.” The play was also invited to the  Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival for the summer of 2001, where both Dr. Pfeiffer (as Cibber) and the play received very favorable reviews, cited by The Scotsman as “a fascinating time travelogue, an hilarious and credible hymn to the joy of entertaining.”  In the U.S., Dr. Pfeiffer was awarded an Individual Artist Award by the Maryland State Arts Council in 2004 for his performance in this play.  

An active scholar in international conferences, Dr. Pfeiffer has presented on various aspects of the classical theatre, and is published in internationally recognized journals.  Dr. Pfeiffer also aspires to continue to write for the theatre.  He directed his own adaptation of Henry Fielding’s novel, JOSEPH ANDREWS, for the Bobbi Biron Theatre Program 2006-07 season and continues to advance several other projects stage and screen treatment.  

As the culmination of twenty-eight years of service to Salisbury State University; eighteen years of leadership as Director of Theatre; and notable accomplishments in both the academic and professional theatre, Dr. Pfeiffer was one of four selected to receive the prestigious Distinguished Faculty Award for 2000-2001.  He continues to serve as Full Professor of Theatre and as Artistic Director for the Theatre Program as part of the new Department of Theatre and Dance at Salisbury University.