Allison Hedges

Teaching Assistant
1801 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Allison Hedges is a third-year PhD student focusing on theatre history. She earned her Master of Liberal Arts degree in Ancient Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, concentrating on classical Greek drama and ancient Egyptian history, language, and culture. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from New York University, where she combined studio training from Circle in the Square Theatre School (through Tisch School of the Arts) with rigorous studies in dramatic literature and classic texts from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. A professional actor, arts educator, and youth theatre director for many years, Allison turned her sights toward academia, combining her expertise in theatre with the study of the ancient world. She wrote her master’s thesis on ancient Egyptian dramatic performance and the historical implications of an Egyptian theatrical tradition when compared with that of ancient Greece. At the University of Maryland, Allison is examining the historiography of ancient Egyptian drama across the fields of theatre history, performance studies, and Egyptology, seeking new perspectives on the origins of theatre. Allison is also pursuing the Certificate in Museum Scholarship and Material Culture through the Department of Anthropology.