Joseph Brandesky

Joseph Brandesky

Joseph Brandesky


Areas of Expertise

  • Russian theater and drama
  • Czech theater


  • Ph.D. in Theater from the University of Kansas

As a specialist in Russian and Czech theatre, Professor Brandesky has traveled to St. Petersburg, Moscow and Prague to study and conduct research in his field.  Brandesky has curated and co-curated seven Theatre Design exhibits, among them:  Jaroslav Malina: Paintings and Designs, Curator; Metaphor and Irony 2:  Frantisek Troster and Contemporary Czech Theatre Design, Co-curator; Metaphor and Irony: Czech Scenic and Costume Design 1920-1999, Co-curator; Spectacular St. Petersburg: 100 Years of Russian Stage Design, Curator; and Boris Anisfeld and the Stage, Curator.  A book project, 20th Century Czech Theatre Design: Metaphor and Irony Revisited, was published by the University of Iowa Press as part of its Studies in Theatre History and Culture series in April 2007. He recently served as Guest Curator for Strings Attached: Czech Puppets, an exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art in 2013.

Brandesky has organized 8 Study Tours to the Czech Republic and most recently took a group of Ohio State University students to Prague in June 2011.  He has made numerous scholarly presentations at state, regional and national conferences and has published articles in Theatre Design and Technology, Slavic and East European Performance and the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism.  In 2003 he received two awards, one for scholarship and one for teaching.  His essay “Spectacular St. Petersburg: 100 Years of Russian Theatre Design” was named the Herbert D. Greggs Outstanding Article by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and he received the Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.  In spring 2008 Brandesky received the Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award at the Ohio State University at Lima.  He was named the Martha W. Farmer Endowed Professor in Theatre at OSU in July 2012.

Since joining the faculty at OSU—Lima in 1988, Dr. Brandesky has produced, directed and co-directed 50 productions.  In Autumn 2011 he directed his third adaptation of a Czech fairy tale, The Twelve Months for the Theatre for Young Audiences series at OSU—Lima.  He is currently preparing a devised production with Czech designer Petr Matasek for performance in April 2013 entitled aPOEtheosis for the OSU Theatre Department in Columbus. This production will coincide with Strings Attached: Czech Puppets and will feature current Czech puppet/object/alternative theatre principles.