Ryan Claycomb

Contact Information

Email: ryan.claycomb@colostate.edu

Office: 323A Eddy Hall

Office Hours: T/Th 2:30-4 p.m.

Role: Faculty

Position: Professor, Interim Assistant Dean

  • Contemporary Literature
  • Dramatic Literature and Theory


Ryan Claycomb teaches courses in modern drama, critical theory, theatre history, dramaturgy and contemporary literature for both English and Theatre. His research responds to questions surrounding performances of the real--real people, real places, and real events--and the political, ethical, and formal issues that arise. He is at work on a manuscript on verbatim and documentary theatre.

Dr. Claycomb arrives at CSU after 14 years at West Virginia University, where he served as acting dean of the Honors College and founding director of the Humanities Center.


PhD, University of Maryland, College Park


Books   Lives in Play: Autobiography and Biography on the Feminist Stage.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 2012. x + 261 pp. Reviewed in Biography, Modern Drama, TDR, Text and Presentation, Theatre Journal, Theatre Research International, Theatre Survey. Writing Against the Curriculum: Anti-Disciplinarity in the Writing and Cultural Studies Classroom.  Co-edited with Randi Gray Kristensen. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009. 244 pp. Reviewed in Composition Studies. Selected Articles “Annawadi on South Bank: Global Neoliberalism and Spatial Contingency in Behind the Beautiful ForeversModern Drama. 60.4 (Winter 2017) 407-427. “Here’s How You Produce This Play: Towards a Narratology of Dramatic Texts.”  Narrative.  21.2 (May 2013).  159-179. “Voices of the Other:  Documentary and Oral History Performance in Post-9/11 British Theatre” in Political and Protest Theatre after 9/11: Patriotic Dissent.  Ed. Jenny Spencer. New York: Routledge, 2011.  93-107.