Claire Syler
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
129 Fine Arts Building

PhD in Theatre & Performance Studies, University of Pittsburgh
MFA in Directing, University of Memphis


Claire Syler is a scholar/artist whose work focuses on equity in theatre education, applied theatre, and actor training. 

Claire co-edited Casting a Movement: The Welcome Table Initiative (2019, Routledge) with Daniel Banks, which examines casting practices as they relate to varying US communities and contexts. She has published research in The Routledge Companion to Theatre, Performance and Cognitive Science, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (UK), Theatre Topics, and Youth Theatre Journal, as well as popular commentary in HowlRoundFor Mizzou, Claire has directed The Every 28 Hours Plays and the premiere of The Green Duck Lounge by Kansas City-based playwright, Michelle Tyrene Johnson.

Association Memberships

AATE (American Alliance for Theatre and Education)
ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education)
MATC (Mid-America Theatre Conference) 

Selected Publications

Casting a Movement: The Welcome Table Initiative, edited by Claire Syler and Daniel Banks. Routledge. 2019.

“Contextualizing Basic Acting for Graduate Instructors.” Theatre Topics. 29.2 (2019): 115-126. Special issue on Graduate Education, edited by Noe Montez.

“'I’m giving everybody notes using his body:' Framing Actors’ Observation of Performance." In The Routledge Companion to Theatre, Performance, and Cognitive Science, edited by Bruce McConachie and Rick Kemp. Routledge 2018: 170-176.

Claire Syler, with Anna Chen. “Casting Youth / Developing Identity: Casting and Racial and Ethnic Identity Development.” Youth Theatre Journal 31.2 (2017): 92-104. Special issue on Youth & Race, edited by Harvey Young and Beth Murray.

“Conceptualizing Actor Coaching: Talk Moves as Tools.” Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. 8.3 (2017): 317-328.