Ellen Margolis, PhD

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At Pacific University, I have developed a new program in applied theatre in consultation with York St. John University.  In August 2013, I gave a paper at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education on the politics of devising civic theatre.

Areas of research

My research areas include theatre pedagogy, the theory and history of acting, and applied theatre. I am co-editor of The Politics of American Actor Training (Routledge, 2010).


I hold an MFA in acting from the University of California at Davis and a PhD in theatre history from the University of California at Santa Barbara. At Pacific, I serve as chair of Theatre & Dance and director of Theatre.

Memberships and professional organizations

I also continue to work professionally as a director, dialect coach and voiceover artist.  My former students have gone on to work on- and off-Broadway, in television and film, in regional theatre, and in national tours; to manage theatre companies; and to teach.


I am an award-winning actor and playwright. My plays, which have been produced throughout the United States, include Trying Not to Stare, Calumnies, American Soil, What We Thought, and A Little Chatter, which appears in a collection of baseball plays from Playscripts, Inc. As a playwright, I have received commissions from Theatre Aloft, Mile Square Theatre, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Excerpts from my plays can be seen in the Audition Arsenal series, published by Smith & Kraus. I am also the editor of Singular Voices, a book of monologues from the International Centre for Women Playwrights. My work has been recognized by the Portland Civic Theatre Guild, the New York International Fringe Festival, the Trustus Foundation, the Jane Chambers Competition, and the National 10-Minute Play Contest.

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Warner Hall 25 (Forest Grove)
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