Attilio Favorini - Professor/Director of Grad Studies
Research Areas: Shakespeare, tragic and comic theory, documentary theatre, theatre and memory
Attilio Favorini (PhD, Yale University) is the founding chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh and the founder and producing director of the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival (1980-1992).
He wrote the CETA grant that brought the City Theatre to the University of Pittsburgh and served as its executive producer from 1979 to 1988.
He is the former editor of Theatre Survey, the American journal of theatre history. His publications include three books, many chapters contributed to books,and numerous articles.
Of his seven plays, Steel/City (with Gillette Elvgren) was named on the ten-best list of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1976 and as Best Production of the Year by Pittsburgh City Paper in 1992. Excerpts of the original production were broadcast live on the Today Show. In the Garden of Live Flowers (with Lynne Conner) won the Kennedy Center/David Mark Cohen award. His other honors include a citation for distinguished service to the profession from the American Society for Theatre Research and the designation "Pittsburgher of the Year in the Arts" from Pittsburgh Magazine. His most recent book (2008) is Memory in Play from Aeschylus to Sam Shepard. His most recent (2010) play, Darwin and the Kid, is touring regional middle and high schools.