Department of English

Nigel O'Hearn

M.A., University of Chicago

Nigel O'Hearn



modern – contemporary drama; genre theory; institutional practice; sociohistorical activity theory


Nigel O’Hearn (he/him) is an English PhD student working across poetics and rhetoric. His work leverages rhetorical theory to read the production of postwar and contemporary American drama through its institutional and sociohistorical practices. Alongside this theoretical and critical work, Nigel is a playwright and theatre producer whose work has been staged in Austin, New York, Edinburgh, and Chicago, most recently at the Goodman Theater (2018).

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