Dr. John Paul Staszel

Assistant Professor

Department of Culture, Media, and Performance


John Paul Staszel is a doctoral candidate at Bowling Green State University finishing his dissertation in the field of theatre and performance studies. JP holds a MA in Theatre from Bowling Green State University, as well as a MS in Business from California University of Pennsylvania. He also completed his undergraduate studies at Cal U earning a BA in theatre and BS in business finance. JP has trained with various renowned theatre companies including Pilobolus, Inlet Dance Theatre, and NACL (North American Cultural Laboratory). He is excited to be returning to this alma mater to teach and engage all things performance. His personal goals for his students are to challenge them to think of theatre and performance in a broader scope and find ways to see all aspects of life as a performance. 

Publications/Research Interests

Staszel, John Paul. "The Stripping Cowboy: Music, Medium, and Movement in the Male Strip Show(s)." Iconography of the West: Autoethnographic Representations of the West(erns). Spec. issue of Cultural Studies — Critical Methodologies (CSCM). 14.3 (2014): 286-290. Print. 

Lamb, Matthew D., and John Paul Staszel. “Everybody Freeze!: An InterdisciplinaryCollaboration and the Performance of the BGSU Happening,” Journal of the Communication, Speech & Theatre Association of North Dakota 23 (2011): 13-21. Web. 

“Study Guide for Teachers- Presented by Tree House Troupe 2009” Online study guide for Treehouse Troupe children theatre tour of Golliwhoppers by Flora Atkins. Co-produced by students of BGSU Department of Theatre and Film. Spring 2009 Treehouse Troupe course. Web.

Research interests:

Physical Theatre, Devised Theatre, Experimental Movement Training for Actors, Body Studies, and Performativity of Gender and Sexuality. 

  • Doctoral candidate focused study in Theatre/Performance Studies, Bowling Green State University
  • M.A. Theatre: Bowling Green State University
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Certificate, Bowling Green State University 2015
  • Performance Studies Certificate, Bowling Green State University 2015
  • M.S. Business Administration: Cal U 2005
  • B.A. Theatre: Cal U 2003
  • B.S. Business Administration: Cal U 2003

Email: staszel@calu.edu

Phone: 724-938-5580

Office: Steele Hall Room 1-109