As a lecturer, Medoff will lead classes in playwriting and producing new plays, continuing in the footsteps of theatre luminaries Lanford Wilson, Edward Albee, Jose Quintero and Sir Peter Hall, all of whom have been previously affiliated with the institution.
"It always is a great opportunity for students when they can work with a major American playwright such as Mark Medoff," stated Steven Wallace, director of the School of Theatre and Dance. "He is a very hands-on teacher and is very engaged with students and the teaching process. He's one of the best teachers I know, and his presence will be an asset to the university."
Medoff was nominated for an Academy Award for adapting Children of a Lesser God for the screen. His plays also include Prymate; When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?; The Hands of Its Enemy; and The Wager. His screenwriting credits include "Clara's Heart," "Santa Fe" and "City of Joy." Medoff has previously taught at New Mexico State University, the University of Oklahoma and at Florida State University.
University of Houston's School of Theatre & Dance offers bachelor;s and master's degrees in theatre, teacher certifications in dance and a master of fine arts. Each fall and spring, the school produces four plays performed in the Wortham Theatre, two dance concerts, the Stuart Ostrow Musical Theatre Workshop, various student productions, the Houston Shakespeare Festival and the Children's Theatre Festival.