Madeline Fanton

Visiting Assistant Professor


Theater History, Performance Studies, Acting


Madeline Fanton studied acting at UC Irvine before completing a Master’s degree in Theater History at California State University, Northridge. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her research examines the relationship between performance, memory, and nationalism in the United States during the period between the World Wars. She has presented her scholarship at the American Society for Theatre Research and the Midwest Popular Culture Association. Madeline has taught a wide range of theater courses including Acting, Play Analysis, Race & Gender in Performance, European Theater and Performance, and Asian Theater and Performance. 

She has served as an Assistant Director and Education Director for local UCSB theater group, Naked Shakes, helping to bring Shakespeare to the stage and to local high school students. 

In addition to teaching Great Literature of the Stage at Westmont, Madeline will be directing Poor Clare this fall.