Alumni Lunch & Learn with Dr. Chad Thomas, Assistant Professor, Department of English Topic: "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare Monday, November 5, 201211:30 AM - 12:30 PMUAHuntsville Shelby Center for Science & Technology, Room 301 (map)Registration: $10 for Alumni Association members and UAH Faculty/Staff/Students$15 for non-members(Lunch Included) Click Here to Register. Pre-Registration Required. Deadline is November 2nd. All UAHuntsville alumni, students, faculty, and staff and Huntsville community members are welcome to attend. About the Dr. Chad Thomas: Dr. Chad Thomas is directing the UAHuntsville production of The Tempest. The Tempest by William Shakespeare is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place by using illusion and skillful manipulation. The play is being performed in the Wilson Hall Auditorium November 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and November 11 and 18 at 2:30 p.m. Click here for more information on the 2012-2013 Theatre Season. Dr. Thomas came to the English Department at UAHuntsville in January 2011 after a Lectureship at the University of Michigan, where he completed his dissertation, "Performing Queer Shakespeare," in the Department of English Language and Literature in 2009. While at Michigan, Dr. Thomas won numerous fellowships and travel awards, and was the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Undergraduate Teacher Award given by Michigan's Undergraduate English Association in 2005. Dr. Thomas earned a BFA in Theater Performance from the University of New Mexico, and completed advanced degrees from the University of North Texas in Theater (M.S., 2000) and English (M.A., 2002). While at North Texas, he co-founded Impulse Productions, a theater company in which he acted, directed, and dramaturged. Additionally, he acted for three seasons with Shakespeare in Santa Fe, playing Tybalt, Lysander, and Leontes. Positing a connection between subjectivity and spectatorship, Dr. Thomas's research attempts to theorize the manifold responses cross-gender casting elicits from audiences and critics, especially regarding performance's ability to open the modern stage to a historical consciousness. His scholarship has been published in Theatre Topics and in 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Period.