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Rachel Tracie, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Theater Arts
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5212
Fax: (626) 387-5747
Tracie is Chair and Professor in the Department of Theater Arts. She is interested in exploring the connections between a theoretical analysis of theater and its practical application in courses such as Theater History, Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and Directing. She seeks to create a space in which students can freely engage in investigating the historical, social, and spiritual aspects of theatre while drawing on the richness of their liberal arts education. Tracie regularly directs for the department and recent shows include her adaptation of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, entitled Faustus, The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, Amadeus by Peter Shaffer, Tartuffe by Moliere, and Dancing at Lughnasaby Brian Friel. Her current research includes an exploration of memory in women's playwrighting and creating interactive materials for use in the theater history classroom. Tracie received a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London and an M.A. in Drama from the University of Alberta.


  • Ph.D. – Royal Holloway University of London, 2006
  • M.A. – University of Alberta, Canada, 1998
  • B.A. – Trinity Western University, 1995


School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of Music and the Arts)

  • Theater Arts

College of Music and the Arts


  • Canadian theater
  • Irish theater
  • Theater history

Courses Taught

  • THTR 213 – Introduction to Theater
  • THTR 313 – Intermediate Acting
  • THTR 325 – History of Theater to the 19th Century
  • THTR 326 – History of Theater: 19th Century to Present
  • THTR 423 – Directing