Dr. James G. Dixon III

Chair of the Department of English and Professor of English & Theatre

Contact Information

Office: Hall of Arts and Letters - 200 H

Phone: 724-458-3301

E-mail: JGDixon@gcc.edu

Mailing Address: Grove City College, 100 Campus Drive. Box #3033, Grove City, PA 16127


"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players" - Shakespeare

Career Highlights  


B.A. in Speech Communication, Literature, & Philosophy, Wheaton College (IL)--1971
M.A. in Theatre Arts, Northwestern University --1972
Ph.D. in Theatre Arts, Northwestern University --1977
Dissertation Topic: The Canterbury Festival Plays in Production: 1928-1958


Has directed over 30 productions in over 30 years of teaching at Grove City College. Highlights include his most recent productions of As You Like It, Crazy for You, The Matchmaker, The Pirates of Penzance, Much Ado About Nothing, and the musical version of Jane Eyre. He has also directed and acted the lead roles in Man of La Mancha and Murder in the Cathedral. Other productions include: Kiss Me Kate, Into the Woods, A Midsummer Night's Dream, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, A Man for All Seasons, Waiting for Godot, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Tartuffe, The School for Scandal.

Instructor in Theatre, Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas, 1973-1974

Founded and directed the Crossroads Theatre Company, a Christian theatre company, 1978-1982.

Has taught the week-long "Theatre & Theology" course in New York City annually since 1978.


Has led several travel courses to England and Europe, including "Shakespeare in London" and "Literature of Greece & Rome."



Elected Grove City College Professor of the Year, 2003
Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, "Shakespeare and the       Elizabethan Stage," Northwestern University, 1988
Elected to Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honorary), 1978
Elected to Theta Alpha Phi (National Theatre Honorary), 1977


Authored Rehearsal: The Principles and Practice of Acting for the Stage, 6th ed. (1983) with Miriam A. Franklin.
Authored numerous articles and conference papers on literature, theatre, and Christianity.
Authored and performed numerous monologues on various Biblical characters.
Editor, Walking with God Through the Seasons of Life (1992).

Courses Taught  

English 351-2: Shakespeare I & II
English 450: Literary Criticism & Theory
English 250: World Drama
English 252: Modern Drama
English 302: Classical Literature
English 222: Fantasy Literature
Humanities 202: Civilization & Literature

Scholarly Interests 

Literary Criticism & Theory
Dramatic Literature

Fantasy Literature

Campus Activities 

Department Chair (since 1979)
Director in Theatre Program--one main stage production every year
Advisor of Lambda Iota Tau (LIT), the Literary Honor Society on campus