Brian D. Valencia

Dramaturgy, Theory, Criticism

MFA - Yale School of Drama
MFA - New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
BS - Yale University

Brian D. Valencia is Lecturer of Dramaturgy, Theory, and Criticism in the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Miami. He is a doctor of fine arts candidate in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at the Yale University School of Drama, where his dissertation, A Delightful Mess: Musical Theatre in Early America, 1735–1866, considers the rise and development of musical-dramatic forms in 18th- and 19th-century America. He holds an MFA in musical theater writing (book, music, and lyrics) from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, as well as a BS in chemical engineering and theater studies from Yale College. Brian has taught at Yale, Florida International University, and Miami’s New World School of the Arts. He currently serves as conference planner of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group and is a past visiting research fellow at the American Antiquarian Society and Harvard College Houghton Library. Additionally, Brian is an alum of Harvard University's Mellon School for Theater and Performance.

His scholarly writing has appeared in The Palgrave Handbook of Musical Theatre Producers, The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, in the journals Common-place, Studies in Musical Theatre, Contemporary Theatre Review,and Theater magazine, and on the New York Public Library's Musical of the Month online feature. As a dramaturg, composer, lyricist, musical director, and performer, Brian has collaborated on numerous theatrical works seen and heard in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Miami; New Haven, Connecticut; and Seoul, South Korea.

Phone: 305-284-5684

E-mail: b.valencia@miami.edu