Dr. Scott C. Knowles is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Arts Administration at Southern Utah University (SUU). He received an MA from Florida State University and a PhD from the University of Kansas. His dissertation, “Dystopian Performatives: Negative Affect/Emotion in the Work of Sarah Kane” focused on the performative impact of violent scenes from Kane’s work on the affect/emotion of an audience. He has presented this work along with research focused on race, gender, directing, and dramaturgy at conferences such as the American Society for Theatre Research, The Mid-America Theatre Conference, Theatre Symposium, and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. He currently the co-director of the Wooden O Symposium and the Shakespeare Studies Minor. As a Dramaturgy he has worked on such shows as All My Sons, Waiting for Godot, and Rent. His directing work focuses primarily on theatre for social change, working to involve audience, company, and community in a issues beyond the walls of the theatre through a variety of outreach approaches. In 2017, Scott was awarded SUU’s Distinguished Faculty for Inclusion and Diversity based in his work on The Laramie Project.