Assistant Teaching Professor, School of Theatre

Originally an actor, Malcolm made a living for over ten years in educational theater, touring nationally and internationally with the Imagination Company, working extensively with the Inner-City Cultural Awareness Program (ICAP) in Los Angeles, and performing in prisons, schools, group homes and children’s hospitals with Stop Gap Theatre. Upon entering academia, he earned his Ph.D. in Theater History, Theory, and Criticism from the University of Washington with a dissertation on Harlem’s Cotton Club, after which he was hired to write several entries for the award-winning African American National Biography and the Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives. He has also been published in the journals Studies in Musical Theatre, The Journal of Popular Culture and Film & History, and he contributed a chapter for the edited collection, Mamma Mia! The Movie: Exploring a Cultural Phenomenon.

Prior to joining Penn State in 2019, Malcolm taught at the University of Washington, Colorado College, and at Cornish College of the Arts, where he also created their musical theater history curriculum and co-created their world theater history curriculum. His research interests are African American performance, popular entertainment, and touristic theory, and he is currently working on a book about the 1960s television series I Spy.


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