Travis Curtright


Chair of Humanities and Liberal Studies at Ave Maria University

Travis Curtright has a doctorate in Literature from the University of Dallas, professional training from the American Shakespeare Center, and training from the historic The Second City in Chicago. In addition, he is the Professor of Humanities and Literature at Ave Maria, and Editor for Moreana: A Journal of Thomas More and Renaissance Studies, and fellow at the Center for Thomas More Studies at the University of Dallas.

Travis Curtright is also an accomplished author, having written The One Thomas More, Shakespeare’s Dramatic Persons, and co-editor of Shakespeare’s Last Plays: Readings in Literature and Politics. But Travis’ work in academia is not confined to the classroom or the pages of scholarly journals, he is also the Director of Shakespeare in Performance, a minor of studies program at Ave Maria University.

Through Shakespeare in Performance, Travis Curtright and his students investigate early modern acting styles and incorporate elements of modern music and dance to merge the classics with the contemporary. The troupe is made up of a diverse body of students from a variety of academic disciplines. Along with the program, Travis and his wife – Mary Curtright – run the Shakespeare in Performance Camp.

The camp is a chance for young actors to work with the Shakespeare in Performance Troupe, offering a place where the potential and passion of young actors can begin to bloom. The camp sees actors placed in one of two productions: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It. In addition, the camp provides daily periods of free time, fun improv games, and a mid-camp day at the beach!