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