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Dr. Jeffrey C. Steele

Professor in multidisciplinary studies

Teaching Area(s)

Global Studies


  • PhD, English, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK
  • MA, Northwestern University
  • BS, Northwestern University


Dr. Jeff Steele is a professional performing artist who has been fortunate enough to experience the magic of teaching at a variety of levels. Maintaining a balance between campus activities and professional engagements, Steele has the best of both worlds: the performing arts in education and the practical experience of the public arena.

Scholarly Interests

  • Acting and interpretation
  • Shakespeare
  • Early Modern drama
  • Theatre history
  • Stage magic and combat
  • Filmmaking
  • 20th–century American literature
  • Creative writing
  • Alternative dispute resolution

Contributions to Field

  • Founding member of three professional theatre and entertainment companies
  • Author of five plays
  • Director of award-winning productions at international theatre festivals
  • Panelist at The International Shakespeare Conference, UK
  • Head Coach, Principia College INADR Mock Mediation Team:
    International Intercollegiate Champions—2014, 2015, 2018, 2020

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Actors' Equity Association
  • Shakespeare Association of America
  • Society of American Fight Directors
  • International Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution

Publications and Presentations

  • The Merry Wives of Seoul, Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival, August, 2018.
  • Silent Night, Holy Noelly, Bankside Repertory Theatre Co. December, 2016.
  • “The Temenos of Re-authorization: When Production or Re-publication Cross the Line into Re-writing Shakespeare”—Paper, Re-authoring Shakespeare Seminar, 44th Annual Shakespeare Association of American Conference; New Orleans, LA, March 2016.
  • A Dickens of a Tale, Bankside Repertory Theatre Co. December, 2015.
  • “Training for Transformative Mediation”—Panelist, 7th Annual World Mediation Congress, ‘A Gathering of Mediators’ Plenary Discussion, H. Case Ellis, Moderator; Drake University Law Clinic, Des Moines, IA, November, 2015.
  • “The Making of H4”—Panelist, Open Forum at the 49th Annual Chicago Film Festival, Chicago, IL, October, 2013.

Dr. Jeff Steele CV