The Catholic University of America

Todd M. Lidh

Clinical Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the First Year Experience

Office: Pryzbyla 204G
Office Phone: 202-319-6941

Curriculum vitae


Ph.D. (Renaissance literature, major focus; drama, minor focus), 2000
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

M.A. (English), 1994

B.A. (English / Foreign Languages, majors; Theatre and Mathematics, minors), 1990
State University

Research interests: Professor Lidh has published and presented on a wide variety of subjects, including Shakespearean stage practices, Ben Jonson’s authorial composition, Samuel Beckett’s stage directions, Elizabethan theatre sites, revision in playwriting, theatre/performance history and more.

While leading a study abroad program on Shakespeare’s London, Professor Lidh conducted an original research project with his undergraduates, identifying for the first time on a London map the location of all the primary Shakespearean theatre sites. His current area of interest is something he’s calling “Shakespearean misdirection,” and he is looking to do a new critical edition of The First Part of Hieronimo, an anonymous play he has argued is actually by Ben Jonson.

In addition, Professor Lidh has acted in over three dozen plays and musicals and has directed works ranging from Shakespeare to Albee as well as writing his own original plays on the side.

Courses offered: Undergraduate: Shakespeare I and II; Introduction to English Literature I; Page2Stage (looking at scripts and production choices); Dramatic Duos (matching classical and contemporary drama). Graduate: Renaissance Drama

Select publications:

“Collaborations, Lost Plays and Partials”

            Oxford Handbook on Ben Jonson (forthcoming)

“To Teach Both Sexes Due Equality”

            MLA Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

“‘To know the author were some ease of grief’: Ben Jonson’s Lost Play”

            The Ben Jonson Journal

 “John Fletcher’s Taming of Shakespeare: The Tamer Tam’d” (a republication by Gale Press)

            Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Volume 151

 “The Merry Wives of Windsor and Elizabeth I: The Welsh Connection”

            The Journal of the Wooden O Symposium

 “John Fletcher’s Taming of Shakespeare: The Tamer Tam’d

            The Journal of the Wooden O Symposium

"'It's Symbolic!' – Arthur Kopit's Revised Road to Nirvana and Its Portrayal of  Hollywood and Society"

  Hollywood on Stage: Playwrights Evaluate the Culture Industry, Kimball King, ed.

Professor Lidh also directs the university First-Year Experience program as well as overseeing the Writing Center, the Intensive English Program and the HUM course offerings, HUM 101 and HUM 124.