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Patricia McKee, Ph.D.
Director of Education
The Universalist Church of West Hartford
Lecturer in Comparative Religions and
Public Humanities
Northern Arizona University
(Full-time 2016-2019)


Mr. Field's extisting 1616 letter is a response to the Reverend Thomas Sutton's attack on his character and profession--an attack wielded from the Sunday pulpit at Field and his fellow players as they sat in the pews of their local parish church.

Artist unknown, Player Nathan Field, c 1615, oak panel, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London.


Ph.D.--Art and Religion

Graduate Theological Union, 2015

    In conjunction with the

    University of California--Berkeley

Dissertation: "Scorning the Image of Virtue: Church and Theatre in Post-Settlement England"


M.T.S.--Theology and the Arts

Emory University--Atlanta

Thesis: "Religious Meaning in a Theatrical Production of The Elephant Man"


B.A.--Theatre  and Drama

Indiana University--Bloomington


Doctoral Advisors
William Worthen--Columbia University
Rossitza Schroeder--Graduate Theological Union
Christopher Ocker--San Francisco Theological Seminary and University of California--Berkeley
Devin Zuber--Graduate Theological Union
Frank Burch Brown--University of Chicago Divinity School and Christian Theological Seminary
Don Saliers--Emory University
Luke Timothy Johnson--Emory University
Scott Zigler (stage directing)--Indiana University, Steppenwolf, ART


"Review of A Director’s Guide to Stanislavsky’s Active Analysis, by James Thomas." SDC Journal (Winter 2019).


“Hand to the Heart: Authenticity in Preacher and Player Portraiture.” Theatre Survey 59:1 (Jan 2018).


“Scorning the Image of Virtue: The Player Nathan Field’s Letter to the Reverend Thomas Sutton, 1616."  Religion and the Arts 20:3 (2016).

Awards & Honors

Northern Arizona University

Summer Research Grant, College of Arts & Letters, 2017 ($4000)


Sixteenth Century Society

Carl Meyer Prize, 2013

    Best early modern studies paper

    delivered at the yearly meeting by a

    scholar who is still in graduate school or

    has earned the Ph.D. in the last five years




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