Alan Armstrong began working as a production dramaturg for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2005. His Shakespeare credits there include shows directed by John Sipes (King John, Henry VIII), Laird Williamson (Coriolanus), Penny Metropulos (Henry IV Part One), Lisa Peterson (Henry IV Part Two), Joseph Haj (Henry V, Pericles), Lileana Blain-Cruz (Henry IV Part One), Carl Cofield (Henry IV Part Two), and Rosa Joshi (Henry V, As You Like It). He was also dramaturg for OSF’s world premiere of Great Expectations and literary consultant for Wit.
Armstrong earned his Ph.D. at Cornell University. He has taught at the University of Southampton, U.K. (as a Leverhulme Fellow), the Georgia Institute of Technology, Hamilton and Kirkland Colleges, and the Mary Baldwin University/American Shakespeare Center’s graduate program in Shakespeare and Performance. He founded and for two decades directed the Southern Oregon University Center for Shakespeare Studies. He has directed a dozen NEH national institutes for teachers and also served as a senior scholar for NEH institutes at Shakespeare’s Globe (London) and the American Shakespeare Center.
Armstrong writes about the staging of Shakespeare’s plays, both then and now. He is co-author of Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actors: Telling the Story and author of numerous articles on textual evidence for doubling in original performances of Shakespeare. For many years, he co-edited the international journal Literature and History and reviewed plays for Shakespeare Bulletin.