College of Fine Arts & Communication
Texas State University
John Fleming earned his M.A. and Ph. D in Theatre History from the University of Texas at Austin, studying under Oscar Brockett. After teaching for three years at Auburn University, John joined the faculty at Texas State University in 1999.
From 1999-2005, John served as Director of Graduate Studies, teaching the undergraduate theatre history sequence as well as graduate seminars in Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Contemporary World Theatre, and the Backgrounds of Modern Drama course. While continuing to serve as a theatre historian, in fall 2005, John assumed his current duties as chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
As a scholar, John has published extensively on contemporary theatre. His book Stoppard’s Theatre: Finding Order amid Chaos(2001) was nominated for an MLA Best First Book award. Other books include Romulus Linney: Maverick of the American Theater (2008, Smith and Kraus) and Tom Stoppard's Arcadia(2009, Continuum Press). In 2012-13, he became the lead author for Oscar Brockett’s textbook The Essential Theatre, now in its 11th edition. His articles have appeared in journals such asTDR, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Text and Performance Quarterly, and Latin American Theatre Review. His book chapters have appeared in Text and Presentation 2004 andText and Presentation 2006. In fall 2011, he wrote "Arcadia: Unlocking Its Form and Structure" for the book Lectures de Tom Stoppard: Arcadia (Presses Universitaires de Rennes) and was the keynote speaker for a Stoppard conference in Toulousse, France. His most recent book chapter was “Tom Stoppard: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” in “The Real Thing”: Essays on Tom Stoppard in Celebration of His 75th Birthday(2013). A former editor of Theatre Insight, John now serves on the editorial board of Texas Theatre Journal and Ecumenica(formerly the Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance).
John is also a playwright, with his plays having been produced in Texas, Alabama, Kansas, and New York. His full-length plays include Transposing Shakespeare (DFW Fringe Best Play 2007),The Two Lives of Napoleon Beazley (winner of the 2005 B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Original Script; subsequently produced off-off Broadway in 2008), The World Upside Down (an adaptation of Ludwig Tieck’s Die Verkehrte Welt), andAristophanes’ Lysistrata: A Sports Adaptation. He has also written the one-act plays Lifeline and Three Point Perspective as well as the ten-minute plays To Dog Godot, Freudian Afternoon, and Foreign Exchange (or The Visitor). His screenplays includeWhere Time Stands Still (Gold Award, Houston International Film Festival) and Midnight Sky.