Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities
Degree: MFA, Pennsylvania State University
Professor Orlock’s plays have been produced at such major regional theaters as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; The Cleveland Play House; Alley Theatre, Houston; Cricket Theatre, Minneapolis; Arizona Repertory Theatre; the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. He’s a recipient of writing fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Blue Mountain Colony, and the Sewanee Writers Conference.
His play Indulgences in the Louisville Harem was co-winner (along with The Gin Game) of the Actors Theater of Louisville’s Great American Play Contest, and had its Eastern European premiere at the Hungarian National Theatre.
His screenplay, The End-of-Summer Guest – about Anne & Charles Lindbergh and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – was awarded the third place prize in the 2009 American Screenwriters Association International Screenplay Competition.
After joining the CWRU faculty in 1989, Professor Orlock served ten years as the head of the Department of Theater and Dance, during which time he was instrumental in establishing the successful MFA graduate program collaboration with the Cleveland Play House.
Professor Orlock is a past recipient of the Wittke Award for distinguished undergraduate teaching. He currently conducts a popular SAGES seminar, Fly-Fishing: the Sport, the Metaphysics, and the Literature.