Area of Focus: Theatre Studies
William Grange is Professor of Theatre Arts and Film Technology History in the Johnny Carson School. The author of eleven books currently in print, he has also written several essays, book chapters, journal articles, reviews, and encyclopedia entries available at the UNL Digital Commons. You may also visit his Amazon webpage to view his books and even order copies–which he highly recommends. His most recent book is the second edition of Historical Dictionary of German Theater, published by Scarecrow Press. Dr. Grange has received prestigious teaching and research appointments abroad, including Guest Professor for American Film and Drama at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, the Distinguished Chair in Humanities and Cultural Studies at the University of Vienna and a Fulbright Professorship at the University of Cologne. In both Cologne and Vienna he taught courses in German; at the University of Nebraska he has served as an endowed Hixson-Lied Professor, though his teaching is almost exclusively in English.
Among his research awards are fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C., the Dorot Foundation in Providence, Rhode Island, the Mellon Foundation in New York City, the International Institute of Education, the Hixson-Lied Trust Endowment, the Jane Harrison Lyman Research Trust Fund, and several others. For his research efforts he has twice received the University of Nebraska Vice-Chancellor's Award for Research in the Humanities. He is also the recipient of numerous awards for his teaching and service to students, teaching courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.Dr. Grange has been an Equity actor for over forty years, appearing in several professional productions throughout the United States, including Caldwell B. Cladwell in the award-winning musical "Urinetown," Prof. Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady" with Gwynne Geyer, Capt. von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" with Lindsey Alley, and El Gallo in "The Fantasticks!". He was a member of the original Light Opera of Manhattan company in New York, appearing in numerous Gilbert and Sullivan productions while still a graduate student at Columbia University. He was also a founding member of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, playing Polonius in "Hamlet", Duncan in "Macbeth", Cleante in "Tartuffe", Amiens in "As You Like It", Leonato in "Much Ado About Nothing", and Balthasar in "Comedy of Errors." With student film directors in the Johnny Carson School he has played several oddball characters in thesis films. They range from despondent police detectives to murderous CIA agents and philosophical fishermen. He usually is asked play dyspeptic professors in student films, though he can't quite figure out why students keep casting him in such roles. He most recently played a semi-transparent ghost in a national ad for LI-COR Biosciences and at the Glenn Korff School of Music he sang the wise and kindly basso role of Sarastro in a student production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”