Dwight Watson has been a member of the Wabash faculty since 1981. Teaching courses in acting, playwriting and dramatic literature, Professor Watson has led immersion class trips to Scotland (2006) to work with the Centre Stage Theatre Company at the University of Aberdeen, and to London (2011) where students studied the history and performance of the London stage. Dwight has directed more than forty productions at Wabash including Jitney, Endgame, Our Country’s Good, Terra Nova, The Lord of the Flies, Equus, Twelve Angry Men, Inherit the Wind, Oedipus the King, A View from the Bridge, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Julius Caesar, Waiting for Godot, The Physicists, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Tempest, The Misanthrope, and A Doll’s House. Wabash Theater has produced several of Dwight’s plays including Dapple Gray, Eden Creek, and Dewey Boy and Wookie. Recently, Dwight's cast of Jitney was invited to present a staged reading of the play at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2010, Dwight adapted and directed Passages from the Writings of Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott for the American Museum of Natural History, involving Wabash students in a performance at the Kaufmann Theater in New York City.
On campus, Professor Watson served for many years as Chair of the Theater Department and Chair of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. He values his correspondence with past Wabash students, many of whom have pursued successful careers in the theater. He enjoys the outdoors, Wabash Athletics, football and basketball, the Blues guitar, and the view of the Wabash College Arboretum from his office window.
M.F.A. Acting and Directing, University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
B.A. Dramatic Literature and Theater, University of North Carolina, Pembroke.
THE 105 — Introduction to Acting
THE 103 — Seminars in Theater:
The Lawyer as Storyteller in the Courtroom and the Stage
Explorers and Exiles in Literature, Theater and Film
Our American Brothers in Drama from Eugene O’Neill to Suzan-Lori Parks
THE 210 — Playwriting
THE 498 — Senior Seminar
“An ‘Abridgement’ between Nathaniel Dunn’s and the Graveyard.” The 31st Annual LaFollette Lecture, Wabash College, October 29, 2010.
“Seeking Equilibrium in Building, Writing, and Regenerative Therapy,” The Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, April 29, 2010.
“The Lawyer as Storyteller: Modes of Persuasion in the Courtroom and on the Stage,” Literature and Law Conference, John Jay School of Criminal Justice, New York, New York, April 11, 2008.
“Theatre Production and the Creative Campus.” Theatre Topics. Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Johns Hopkins University Press. 2010.
"Hopper & Pete at High Noon." The Good Ear Review: a dramatist’s literary journal. http://thegoodearreview.com/writers/ 2010.
"Dewey Boy and Wookie," Duo!: The Best Scenes for the 21st Century. ed. Joyce E. Henry, Rebecca Dunn Jaroff, and Bob Shuman, Applause Books, New York, New York. 2009.
"The Piano Tuner," The Revised Theatre Audition Book. ed. Gerald Ratliff, Meriwether Publishing Ltd., Colorado Springs, CO. 2009.
“Closing Arguments: Monodic, Character Voices in Making Courtroom Drama.” The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 2, 2007.
Original Monologs That Showcase Your Talents. Allworth Press, New York, New York. 2005.
McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Research Fellowship. Wabash College.
Individual Artist Master Fellowship. Indiana Arts Commission.
Finalist. Theatre Oxford Ten Minute Play Contest. Oxford, MS.
Selected Playwright. American Theatre of Actors. Director’s Festival. New York City.
Winning Playwright. New Play Festival, Ritz Theatre, Oaklyn, NJ .
First Prize, Actor & Playwrights’ Initiative Theater, Kalamazoo, MI.
Selected Playwright. Studio Arena Theatre PlayWorks Program. Buffalo, NY.