Pannill Camp

​Associate Professor of Drama, Director of Graduate Studies
research interests:
  • 18th-Century French Theater
  • Dramatic Theory
  • Theater Architecture

contact info:

office hours:

  • Wednesdays 1:00 - 4:00 PM

mailing address:

  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
  • CB 1108
  • ONE BROOKINGS DR.
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

​Pannill Camp studies performance theory, theatre architecture, and the history of modern western theatre, in particular exchanges between theatre and philosophy in seventeenth and eighteenth-century France.

For more information, visit Panill Camp's department profile.

From our podcast:

Hold That Thought Podcast
The First Frame: Theatre Space in Enlightenment France

The First Frame: Theatre Space in Enlightenment France

In the late eighteenth century, a movement to transform France's theatre architecture united the nation. Playwrights, philosophers, and powerful agents including King Louis XV rejected the modified structures that had housed the plays of Racine and Molière, and debated which playhouse form should support the future of French stagecraft. In The First Frame, Pannill Camp argues that these reforms helped to lay down the theoretical and practical foundations of modern theatre space. Examining dramatic theory, architecture, and philosophy, Camp explores how architects, dramatists, and spectators began to see theatre and scientific experimentation as parallel enterprises. During this period of modernisation, physicists began to cite dramatic theory and adopt theatrical staging techniques, while playwrights sought to reveal observable truths of human nature. Camp goes on to show that these reforms had consequences for the way we understand both modern theatrical aesthetics and the production of scientific knowledge in the present day.