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Dr. Fonzie Geary
Assistant Professor of Theatre
B.S., Eastern Kentucky University; M.S., Eastern Kentucky University; M.A. University of Kentucky; Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
Office 10 in Holloway Theatre
Dr. Fonzie D. Geary II joined the Lyon faculty in 2013. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Geary graduated cum laude from Eastern Kentucky University with a double-major in psychology and theatre arts. He completed a master’s in clinical psychology, but soon after discovered theatre was his life’s calling. He completed a master’s in theatre at the University of Kentucky, and then moved to Columbia, Missouri where he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri. Upon the completion of his doctorate, he spent two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of theatre at Culver-Stockton College, a small, liberal arts institution in Canton, Missouri.
Dr. Geary’s research focuses on reflections of institutions and culture in mid-20th century American drama. He is concerned with how plays function as cultural documents; representations that either reinforce or challenge the status quo of the given culture from which they derive. Dr. Geary has published in various journals including the New England Theatre Journal, the Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, and Modern Drama.
Not confined to research, Dr. Geary has had experience as an actor, playwright, and director. He has performed in over thirty productions. He has written plays that have been recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF), the Great Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC), the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), and the Mid America Theatre Conference (MATC). He has directed numerous productions ranging from Ancient Greek to contemporary American. Dr. Geary sees the interaction between scholarship and practice as integral to any student’s education.
Dr. Geary is making his roots at Lyon College and in the city of Batesville with his wife Laura and his son Fonzie III. He and his family are active members of First Presbyterian Church. Dr. Geary is also becoming active with the Batesville Community Theatre. When he does have time to himself, Dr. Geary very much enjoys spending time with his family, reading, fishing, playing chess, and is an avid fan of thoroughbred racing, tennis, and football.