Ralph Blasting Professor of Creative Arts (Theater)
*Ralph Blasting, PhD
PhD, Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama, University of Toronto
*Professor Blasting is on sabbatical for the Academic Year 2012-13. During his sabbatical, he will begin a new research project on theater structures and repertoire in the Upper Hudson Valley, 1780-1950. He will be working in the New York State Archives as well as at local historical sites to compile data on the geographical distribution of theaters, their architects and designers, and the repertoire and artists presented in them. Professor Blasting intends to share his research in local presentations and in peer-reviewed publications in the the field of theater history.
Ralph Blasting was Dean of Liberal Arts at Siena College from 2004 to 2012. Prior to that he taught theater history for fifteen years at Towson University in Baltimore, where he also served as department chair. His area of specialization is medieval drama, and he is one of the few people in the world to have participated in the production of all four of the existing English Medieval Mystery plays. He has published on German medieval drama, has conducted leadership seminars for faculty, and has served as presenter or panel member in sessions on campus construction, student outcomes assessment, and various subjects in contemporary theatre. He lives in Niskayuna with his wife, Laurie Detenbeck, and their daughter Hannah.