George Pate, PhD

George Pate, PhD  

Associate Professor of English in Drama and Theater
Co-coordinator of Theater Program

Library 266
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Office: 843-208-8364
George Pate, PhD

My name is George Pate, and I am an Associate Professor of English and Theater. I am a teacher, scholar, playwright, actor, director, game designer, and former standup comic. My research focuses on the ideologies underlying the practical realities of cultural production, especially where intellectual property law is concerned. My book Enter the Undead Author (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2019) explores the intersections of intellectual property and performance through case studies ranging from joke-stealing in standup comedy to the dispute of the authorship of Rent. As a playwright, I work in the genres of magical realism and dark comedy. I created the Ludirature project to encourage students in the humanities to explore game design as a way to practice bringing their creativity and analytical skills to the realm of digital technology. I teach English composition, theater history, playwriting, dramatic literature, theater appreciation, and script analysis.

  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Research

PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies. University of Georgia 2014

MA in English with Concentration in Creative Writing. University of Tennessee 2010

BA in English. University of South Carolina 2007

  • ENGL B101 - Composition & Rhetoric
  • ENGL B262 - Introduction to Technical Writing
  • ENGL/THEA B301 - Theater History I
  • ENGL/THEA B302 - Theater History II
  • IDST B439 - Selected Topics
  • THEA B200 - Understand and Appreciate Theater
  • THEA B220 - Theatre Laboratory
  • THEA B322 - Playwriting
  • THEA B303 - Asian Theaters
  • THEA B333 - Directing
  • THEA B439 - Topics in Theater & Performance
  • Intellectual Property and Performance
  • Comedy Studies
  • Video Game Studies
  • Speech Act Theory
  • Playwriting
  • Post-Structuralist Theory