Mark Pizzato


Mark Pizzato



Speaker Bio

Mark Pizzato, MFA, PhD, is Professor of Theatre and Film at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His publications include Mapping Global Theatre Histories (Palgrave, 2019), Beast-People Onscreen and in Your Brain: The Evolution of Animal-Humans from Prehistoric Cave Art to Modern Movies (Praeger, 2016), Inner Theatres of Good and Evil: The Mind's Staging of Gods, Angels and Devils (McFarland, 2011), Ghosts of Theatre and Cinema in the Brain (Palgrave, 2006), Theatres of Human Sacrifice: From Ancient Ritual to Screen Violence (SUNY, 2005), and Edges of Loss: From Modern Drama to Postmodern Theory (University of Michigan, 1998). He also co-edited, with Lisa K. Perdigao, Death in American Texts and Performances: Corpses, Ghosts, and the Reanimated Dead (Routledge, 2010). Short films, produced from his screenplays, have won New York Film Festival and Minnesota Community Television awards.


Paper: Melodramatic and Tragicomic Modes of Theatre, Film, and Neural Networks