Cynthia Stroud

Before receiving her PhD from the Department of Theatre and Film at BGSU, Dr. Stroud received a BFA in Performance from the University of Toledo, followed by an MA in Theatre for and with Young People from BGSU. Afterward, she taught and directed productions at institutions including BGSU, the University of Toledo, Owens Community College, the Performing Arts School of Metropolitan Toledo, and the Toledo Repertoire Theatre.

Dr. Stroud’s work has appeared in Popular Entertainment Studies, Theatre Journal, Youth Theatre Journal, ECCCS: Electronic Center for Contemporary Cultural Studies, and The Projector: Film and Media Journal. Her recent research addresses the use of hypnosis in performance, and her dissertation, “Stage Hypnosis in the Shadow of Svengali: Historical Influences, Public Perceptions, and Contemporary Practices,” won the F. Lee and Patricia H. Miesle Award for Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation in the Department of Theatre and Film in 2013.​