Jared Strange

Teaching Assistant
1807 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Jared Strange is a first-year student in the PhD in Theatre & Performance Studies program.  Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, Jared was at Texas Tech University, where he received his MFA in Playwriting and later served as the Arts Coordinator for the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood Grant.  His primary artistic disciplines are playwriting and dramaturgy, though he also directs, devises, and occasionally performs.  His work has been produced, workshopped, and showcased in the United States and Europe.

Jared’s research is heavily influenced by his upbringing as a missionary kid and his time spent abroad.  His interests include political theatre and performance in post-colonial Africa and post-Soviet Central Europe; Christo-centric religion on the Western secular stage; “post-fundamentalism,” “post-secular” thought, and everyday religious performance and practice; identity and nationalism in European soccer; and the politics of representation in pop culture.


  • BA in Theatre, Hardin-Simmons University (2009)
  • MFA in Playwriting, Texas Tech University (2014)

Professional Affiliation

Dramatists Guild of America


“‘This Antigone is just right for us’: Redefining Antigone on The Island,” Texas Theatre Journal Vol. 9.1 (2013)

Conference Presentations

“The East Side Arts Camp: Designing, Framing, and Sustaining a Summer Camp for Elementary Students,” Regional Academic Engagement Symposium at TTU (2017)

“‘Atheism’s Love Letter to Religion’: Dogma, Humanitarianism, and the Power of Story-telling in the Musical The Book of Mormon,” 15th International Conference on Language, Literature, and Cultural Policies in Craiova, Romania (2016)

“Timeless and Terrible Desire: Confronting the Eternal, the Malevolent, and the Political in Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi,” 15th International Conference on Language, Literature, and Cultural Policies in Craiova, Romania (2016)

“The Colonial Tongue in the African Mouth: Death and the King’s Horseman and Embodied Resistance in the Yoruba Communicative Mode,” TTU Comparative Literature Symposium (2016)

“Giving At-Risk Populations a Voice: Drama in the Community,” Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference (2013)

“The RROAPS Experience: Creating, Refining, and Critiquing the College One-Act Play Festival,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference (2013)

Playwriting (Representative)

“The Emperor’s Big, Fat, Naked Revolution,” DC Source Festival (2017)

“Trapped Like a You Know What,” FAU Theatre Lab (2017); Carrollwood Players (2017); William Inge Theatre Festival (2017)

Ubu Roy: An American Tale, Lubbock Community Theatre (2016)

The Prophet Darla, Texas Educational Theatre Association PlayFest Winner (2015); Hardin-Simmons University (2014); Texas Tech University (2014)

Fault/Line, Texas Tech University and the MeetFactory in Prague (2013)

Dramaturgy (Representative)

Shame on Me and Of Beauty Queens and Childhood Dreams, WildWind Performance Lab at Texas Tech (2018)

The Last Days of Judas, Lubbock Community Theatre (2018)

Twelfth Night, Texas Tech University (2014)

The Illusion, Texas Tech University (2013)

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Texas Tech (2012)

Blood is Thicker Than Roswell, Prague Fringe Festival (2012)