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Gillette Elvgren, Ph.D.

Gillette Elvgren, Ph.D.




Phone: 757-352-4271

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Dr. Gillette Elvgren is a professor in the Department of Cinema-Television at Regent University specializing in professional theatre directing and stage and screenwriting. He is also the co-founder and resident playwright for Saltworks Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dr. Elvgren has been writing professionally for more than 30 years. Approximately 8,000 performances have been made of his scripts, which have been produced by professional theatre companies throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. Elvgren headed the MFA directing program and was a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as the staff director for the city's Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. At Regent, he teaches courses on story structure, writing for children, playwriting and actor coaching.

Academic Philosophy

To help to raise up a new generation of Christian artists who can impact the dominant culture with their faith-based worldview.

Selected Publications

I Am the Brother of Dragons (playwright),, 2009
“Paper Wings,” Faith On Stage: Five Complete Plays (playwright), Christians in Theatre Arts, 2007

New Testament Bible Sketches for Children, Lillenas Press, 1999

Steel City, co-author with Attilio Favorini, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992

Selected Professional Works

Everykid (playwright), toured by the Central Missouri Repertory Theatre (Missouri)
The World's Greatest Romance (playwright), produced at Royal Albert Hall (London)
Five Cups of Coffee (playwright), produced at Lamb's Players Theatre (San Diego, Calif.)


Ph.D. Florida State University, 1972
M.A. Tulane University, 1967
B.A. Tulane University, 1964

Fields of Expertise

  • Screenwriting
  • Playwrighting
  • Theatre Directing

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