Assistant Professor of Instruction
Office: CPR 281
Mark E. Leib has been theater critic for Creative Loafing in Tampa Bay and Sarasota since 1998. His criticism has won six awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, including two first-place statewide Sunshine State Awards for Critical Writing. Leib is also a playwright whose plays and adaptations have been produced at the Players Theatre in Greenwich Village (Art People), the Manhattan Punch Line (Terry by Terry), the American Repertory Theatre (Terry by Terry and adaptations of The Marriage of Figaro, and Platonov) and at the Edinburgh and Singapore Theatre Festivals. His play The Return to Zion was chosen for a staged reading at the Southern New Plays Festival at New Orleans’ Southern Rep, and his play Tongue was a winner in the short play festival at Florida Studio Theatre. Leib was the first playwriting lecturer at the Institute for Advanced Theatre Study at Harvard University, and taught playwriting and various drama survey courses for Harvard Extension School from 1981-1990. He received his BA in Government magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he was president and poetry editor of the literary magazine The Harvard Advocate, and his MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, where he won the CBS Foundation Prize in Playwriting. For USF, Leib teaches screenwriting, playwriting, Intro to Drama, Modern Drama, Narration and Description, Fiction I and Intro to Literature.