John Poole currently serves as the director of the School of Theatre at UNCG. He was awarded a doctoral degree in theatre history from the University of Georgia in 1995 where he studied and published on African-American theatre practice and the Federal Theatre in the Deep South in the 1920s and 1930s. He is professor emeritus at Illinois State University where he served as Interim Director of the School of Theatre and Dance, and served as Managing Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival for five years. He is published in a variety of journals including Theatre History Studies, where he also served on the editorial board, and Theatre Symposium, and more recently worked extensively with Edwin Wilson and Alvin Goldfarb on several of their popular theatre textbooks. He was elected to the National Theatre Conference and named Fellow of the Mid America Theatre Conference in 2009.