ENG 350: Twentieth-Century Drama I
ENG 351: Twentieth-century Drama II
Charles Bachman, a native of Iowa, has specialized in contemporary drama and Native American Literature for more than twenty years. He holds a B.A. cum laude from Baylor University, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University, and made his way to Buffalo by way of Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Germany, and Indiana, including three years in the U.S. Army. He spent three semesters as Lecturer in Drama at the University of Queensland, Australia.
In addition to performing several straight acting roles, he has had an active second career in Western New York as a baritone, performing 27 major roles in operas, musicals, and operettas, oratorios, and cantatas, with organizations including Opera Rochester, Western New Opera Theater, and Artpark Opera under Christopher Keene. He has also given numerous recitals of English, French, Italian, and American art songs, and has been guest soloist with orchestras including the Buffalo Philharmonic, Buffalo Pops Orchestra, and Syracuse Symphony.
His poetry has appeared in The Kansas Quarterly, Rooftop Poets, House Organ, Hazmat Review, Elm Leaves, Autumn Leaves, Black Widows Web of Poetry, Nimrod, and The Carolina Quarterly. He has published three books of poems, If Ariel Danced on the Moon, 2006, The Strange Lives of Mr. Shakovo, 2008, and A Marked Peculiarity, 2009. Journals where his articles on Gerhart Hauptmann, Edward Albee, Harold Pinter, and Sam Shepard, have been published include Modern Drama and The German Quarterly. He has received two State University of New York Research Fellowships, and the following awards: two Native American Student Organization awards for Promotion of Native American Cultures; the Buffalo State College Student award for the Promotion of Respect for Diversity and Individual Differences; a Community Award for Native American Storytelling; The CDHS Outstanding Service Award; and the student-chosen Faculty Appreciation Award.
He is married to Nancy Townsend, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Pianist, and Assistant Professor of Voice at the University at Buffalo, with whom he is a gardening and hiking enthusiast.