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Theatre Faculty & Staff
Joseph Brandesky, PhD
Professor of Theatre

Areas of Expertise

   •  Acting/Direction
   •  Introduction to Theatre

As a specialist in Russian and Czech theatre, Professor Brandesky has traveled to St. Petersburg, Moscow and Prague to study and conduct research in his field. Brandesky has developed several Theatre Design exhibits: Jaroslav Malina: Paintings and Designs, Curator; Metaphor and Irony 2: Frantisek Troster and Contemporary Czech Theatre Design, Co-curator; Metaphor and Irony: Czech Scenic and Costume Design 1920-1999, Co-curator; Spectacular St. Petersburg: 100 Years of Russian Stage Design, Curator; and Boris Anisfeld and the Stage, Curator. A book project, 20th Century Czech Theatre Design: Metaphor and Irony Revisited, was published by the University of Iowa Press as part of its Studies in Theatre History and Culture series in April 2007. He is currently serving as Curator for a Czech Puppet exhibit to be shown at the Columbus Museum of Art in 2013.

Brandesky has organized 8 Study Tours to the Czech Republic and most recently took a group of Ohio State University students to Prague in December 2011 He has made numerous scholarly presentations at state, regional and national conferences and has published articles in Theatre Design and Technology, Slavic and East European Performance and the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. In 2003 he received two awards, one for scholarship and one for teaching. His essay “Spectacular St. Petersburg: 100 Years of Russian Theatre Design” was named the Herbert D. Greggs Outstanding Article by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and he received the Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. In spring 2008 Brandesky received the Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award at the Ohio State University at Lima.

Since joining the faculty at OSU—Lima in 1988, Dr. Brandesky has produced, directed and co-directed over 50 productions. His production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum was performed in May 2009. He directed Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind during Winter 2011. He will direct his adaptation of a Božena Nemcová (Czech) fairy tale, The Twelve Months for the Theatre for Young Audiences series at Ohio State Lima in Autumn 2011.


   •  B.A. Southwest Texas State University 1975
   •  M.A. Southwest Texas State University 1982
   •  Ph.D. University of Kansas 1988