Kevin J. Wetmore Jr

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Kevin J. Wetmore Jr (1969-)[1] is an actor, director, academic and author.

Also found as Kevin J. Wetmore Jr. or Kevin Wetmore Jr.


He was born on February 1, 1969 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He has been married to Maura Chwastyk since October 20, 2001.


Wetmore has degrees from Bates College, the University of Leeds and the University of Pittsburgh, where he completed his doctorate in Theatre and Performance Studies.

He is currently a professor of theatre arts at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA. His areas of expertise include Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy and as a writer works on theatre history and criticism, world theatre and film.

As an actor, director, stage combat choreographer, and comedian he has worked in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New York, New Haven, New England, old England and South Africa. His film work includes Day of the Dead 2: Contagium (2005) Valley of Angels (2008), Judgement Date (2009), Night of the Templar (2013).

As sole author his writings include Black Dionysus: Greek Tragedy and African American Theatre (McFarland, 2003),

He has also edited ten books, including Bloomsbury Methuen Drama's Critical Companions series (co-editor with Patrick Lonergan) , series editor of: "A Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical", volume editor of "The Methuen Drama Anthology of Modern Asian Plays" and "Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900-2000".

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

His South African work in theatre includes **.

Author of Athenian Sun in an African Sky: Modern African Adaptation of Classical Greek Tragedy (McFarland, 2001), and an article on "Brett Bailey" in Middeke, Schnierer and Homann(2015).


Martin Middeke, Peter Paul Schnierer and Greg Homann (editors). 2015. The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary South African Theatre. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

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