Shirley Huston-Findley

Shirley Huston-Findley

Professor - Theatre and Dance

Office: Wishart 118
Phone: 330-263-2543
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


  • B.A., Indiana University at South Bend 1986
  • M.A., Miami of Ohio 
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri 1998

Courses Taught

  • THTD 101: Introduction to Theatre Research and Writing
  • THTD 244: Origins of Drama
  • THTD 245: Feminism and Theatre
  • THTD 246: Dramatic Theory and Criticism
  • THTD 301: Playwriting
  • THTD 401: Junior Independent Study


  • Directing credits at the College include Scapin, The Crucible, Equus, The Glass Menagerie, All My Sons, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; How I Learned to Drive; Getting Out; Tartuffe, The Golden Age, and Goodnight Desdemona Good morning Juliet. Her 2007 production ofAdam Rapp’s Nocturne received a performance at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C., for which she was presented an Outstanding Director award from the Kennedy Center.
  • Shirley has presented papers at the Asian Society Development Program, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the Mid-American Theatre Conference, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the American Association of Colleges and Universities.
  • Her research includes the following: Footpaths and Bridges: Voices from the Native American Women Playwrights Archive, Edited by Shirley Huston-Findley and Rebecca Howard, U. of Michigan Press, 2008, Second printing (paperback), 2011; “Understanding Cultural Perspectives Through Greek and Hindu Theatre” in Education About Asia (Volume 17, no.1, spring 2012) 44-48; “In Pursuit of Well-Being: The Purpose, Process, Pleasure and Pain of Forming Boomerang Intergenerational Theatre Company,” co-author Jamie Carroll Morris, Theatre/Practice: The Online Journal of the Acting/Directing Symposium of the MATC, <> (2012); Co-author, “Undergraduate Research in the Fine Arts at the College of Wooster,” in Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities: Models of Undergraduate Research. Eds. Naomi Yavneh Klos, Jenny Olin Shanahan, and Gregory Young. Council on Undergraduate Research, 2011; “Re-visioning The Rainmaker”, co-authored with Dr. Suzanne Burgoyne, in Text and Performance Quarterly, July 1996; Talk Back Move Forward: 100 Years of Alzheimer’s. Dir. Anne Basting. Conceptual Team Anne Basting, Shirley Huston-Findley, Brad Lichtenstein, Kathryn Louis and Peter Whitehouse. Interview Team Anne Basting, Shirley Huston-Findley, Chuck Findley, Kathryn Louis. U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2007. DVD.
  • Examples of her creative writing include:
    • Thoughtless (10-minute play)
    • Mid-American Theatre Conference Playwriting Symposium Dramatists Lab, St. Louis, MO, March 2013.
      Breathing India: A Contradiction
    • Narrative (Kim Tritt, Choreographer, Spring Dance Concert COW 2012)
      Past Missing (full-length play)
    • Staged reading, COW, Directed by Mark Seamon (Dennison), 2010
    • Staged reading of scenes, MATC Playwriting Symposium Dramatists Lab, 2008, Kansas City, MO
      Letting Go, (full-length play) co-written with Jamie Carroll Morris (’09) and Alex Paolino-Gibson (’09) for the Boomerang Intergenerational Theatre Company
    • Staged at COW, spring Mainstage Production, 2009.
      In Memory of Me (a full-length play)
    • Staged reading, ATHE, 2006, Chicago, IL
    • Staged reading, COW, Directed by David Schechter (New York), 2007.
    • Invited for inclusion in the Eileen Heckart Drama for Seniors Competition Collection within the archives of the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute Library, one of the special collections of The Ohio State University Libraries 


Shirley received a Fulbright-Nehru Research Grant for 2013-14. During the spring semester, she traveled throughout India conducting interviews with Indian women involved in the world of theatre. These interviews and her continued research serve as a foundation her next monograph: Indian Women Dramatists Speak Out!