Nathan P. Stucky | Communication Studies | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Nathan P. Stucky

Department Chair, Professor, Ph.D.

Nathan P. Stucky

Office: Communications Building Room 2008A
Phone: 618-453-2291

Nathan P. Stucky is Professor and Chair of the Communication Studies Department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He received his B.A. from Friends University in Speech and Drama (1972), his M.A. from Indiana University in Theatre Directing (1978) and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Speech Communication specializing in the Performance of Literature (1988). Dr. Stucky has been recognized for his contributions to the field, including the 2009 Outstanding Scholar in Performance Studies and Theatre Division at the Central States Communication Association, and the Outstanding Teacher Award for the Department of Communication Studies [Speech Communication] at SIU Carbondale in 2008. 

Dr. Stucky’s interests include directing, scripting, producing and writing for the stage. He has directed over thirty productions, designed scenery and lighting, and performed more than fifty roles. He is also interested in ritual, identity and community performance, performance pedagogy and history, and conversation analysis. He served for five years as editor of Theatre Annual: A Journal of Performance Studies, and co-edited with Cynthia Winner the first book on performance pedagogy titled Teaching Performance Studies (2002). He has published a number of book chapters as well as scholarly articles in Cultural Studies<->Critical MethodologiesCommunication EducationLiterature in Performance, The Journal of Pragmatics, and Text and Performance Quarterly.

Special Interests

  • Performance studies
  • Narrative theory
  • Conversation analysis
  • Ethnographic performance
  • Performance criticism


  • Ph.D., University of Texas, 1988

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