Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Peggy Shannon

Headshot of Peggy Shannon
  • Dean

  • College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts
    San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Drive
    San Diego, CA 92182
    PSFA 212
    fax: 619 594 4987

Dr. Shannon holds a PhD in drama from Royal Holloway, University of London; an MFA in Theatre from the University of Washington, Seattle; and a BA with Honors from UC Riverside.

For over two decades, Dr. Shannon has served as a professor of theatre and as a university and arts administrator.

She held the appointments of Associate Vice Provost and professor at UC Davis and Chair of the School of Performance at Ryerson University in Toronto.

She has also worked all over the world as a professional theatre director and has led a summer abroad program at Hydrama Theatre Center in Greece for 20 years. She has directed plays and musicals many American and international professional theatres. She has also directed largescale concerts as well as plays for National Public Radio.

Her research employs theatre practice to explore such topics as identity; diversity; crossing borders; gender and war.

She is currently the Principal Investigator of The Crossing Borders Project, a Canadian funded international project that examines the complex cultural and social challenges of what it means to be “at home” or “abroad”.

She was the Principal Investigator of a federally-funded Partnership Development Grant to study gender and war. This largescale study called “The Women & War Project,” involved 10 universities, and over 60 researchers, scholars, and artists from 19 countries.

Intended to build knowledge through a distinctly multidisciplinary and international research team and offer a unique approach to trauma and gender research, Shannon mobilized humanities and social science researchers to work alongside practicing artists as well as media producers, military mental health researchers, and civilian neurologists treating brain trauma to interrogate and address the artistic.

Dr. Shannon has served on grant and abstract selection committees for the California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, the US Government’s Fund for Improving Postsecondary Education, the Canadian Military and Veteran Health Research Forum, and the National Playwrights Foundation.

She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health. Dr. Shannon has served as an external reviewer and member of the Visiting Committee for the University of Delaware to evaluate its Professional Theatre Training Program and currently serves as an External Reviewer for the University of Athens.

Awards include her selection as a Fulbright Senior Specialist; an Arts Leadership Award from the Arts & Business Council of Northern California; Outstanding Artist and Arts Education Leader from the California Educators for Theatre Alliance (CETA); Top 50 Most Important People (Comstocks Business Magazine).

Recognition has been offered for her contribution to education and culture in Greece by the Greek Ministers of Culture and Education, Greek Mayors of Hydra, Poros, and Delphi, the United States Ambassador to Greece (Daniel Speckhard), the Canadian Ambassador to Greece (Robert Peck) and the University of Athens.

Dr. Shannon holds a PhD in theatre and drama from Royal Holloway, University of London; an MFA in Theatre from the University of Washington, Seattle; and a BA with Honors from UC Riverside.