Dr. Hank Willenbrink


Associate Professor & Director, Theatre Program


B.A., University of Tulsa
M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara





Hank Willenbrink's play The Boat in the Tiger Suit premiered at The Brick Theatre (NYC) and is published by Original Works Publishing.

Hank's work has been seen at Sala Beckett (Barcelona), JACK, Performance HIghways, WordBRIDGE, quiet, and World Interplay International Festival of young Playwrights (Australia). 18 won the John Cauble Award for Best Sort Play from KCACTF. Hank's monologues have been featured in Monologues for Men by Men, More Monologues for Men by Men, and Best Men's Stage Monologues of 2014.

Hank's essays have been published in Theatre Journal, Contemporary Theatre Review, Theatre Forum, Response, and online at The Lark and HowlRound. He co-edited an anthology of contemporary Spanish an Portuguese-language writers, Palabras: Dispatches from the Festival de la Palabra. His essay on the use of music in HBO's Girls can be found in HBO's Girls and the Awkward Politics of Gender, Race, and Privilege. He co-founded the music blog We Listen for You (welistenforyou.com).

Dr. Willenbrink teaches the following courses: 

3 cr. (FYS)

Award-winning literary texts and writers of the last ten years enable students to examine success in literary and academic contexts and to practice a successful transition to the University of Scranton.

3 cr. (Prerequisites: ENLT 140 or the equivalent; any ENLT course between 120 & 179, inclusive)

A survey of prose landmarks in the evolution of a unique American literary consciousness from the eighteenth century to the present. Discussions will focus on the American Enlightenment, Romanticism, Transcendentalism, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, and Postmodernism. Each literary movement will be considered in relation to its social, historical, & cultural contexts.

3 cr. (W)

The topics of these writing-intensive seminars vary from semester to semester. Based largely on student writing, presentations, and discussion, this capstone course is required in the major and culminates in the student's development of a seminar paper. May be repeated for credit. Enrollment limited to 15 students per section.

3 cr. (CL)

An introduction to the theories and practices of the theatre arts. Dramatic structure, dramatic literature, critical writing, acting, directing, design, practical stagecraft, and some theatre history will all be touched on in an effort to introduce students to the fullness and variety of the art of theatre.

3 cr. (CL)

A chronological study of western theatre from ancient Greek drama to 17th-century British drama. A selection of plays from representative playwrights will be read and discussed with an emphasis on the social, cultural, and theatrical contexts within which these playwrights lived and worked.

3 cr. (CL, Theory Intensive)

A chronological study of Western theatre from the middle 17th century to the present. A selection of plays from representative playwrights will be read and discussed, with an emphasis on the social, cultural and theatrical contexts within which these playwrights lived and worked.

3 cr.

All you need for solo performance is an audience and a performer; however, solo performance represents some of the most challenging, sophisticated, and courageous performance happening today. Students will actively create their own solo performances through analyzing the work of establishing solo artists and exploring their own creative acts. (Students cannot earn credit for THTR 225 and WRTG 225).

3 cr.

This course is designed to teach students the basic elements and techniques involved in writing for theatrical performance. Students will write either a one-act-play or one act of a two-or-three-act-play. This course may be counted toward the Theatre Major, Minor, or Track. Photocopying fee. (Credit cannot be earned for WRTG 215 and THTR 215)

3 cr. (Prerequisite: WRTG 215)

This advanced workshop builds on the skills acquired in Playwriting I, an includes intensive reading and writing assignments that encourage students to explore theatrical styles beyond realism. This course may be counted toward the Theatre major, minor or track. Photocopying fee. (Credit cannot be earned for THTR 315 and WRTG 315.)