Poole, Richard L.

Richard L. Poole is a Professor and Chair of the Theatre Department at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. A Fulbright Scholar, he has given papers focusing on Midwest Rural/Small Town theatre topics at ASTR, MATC, SETC, ATHE, the Society for the Preservation of Tent, Repertoire and Folk Theatre, and the Popular Culture Society. He has published articles and written book reviews. Additionally he created entries for The Guide to Popular Culture and the Cambridge Guide to American Theatre (2nd Edition). He also writes plays, acts and directs.

American Traveling Tent Theatre, 1900-1940: Rural and Small Town Tent Shows Performed in the Midwest (including Scripts of Popular Tent Theatricals)
2014 0-7734-4275-8
The first anthology of typical tent theatre repertoire from the late nineteenth-century to the early twentieth-century. This collection of seven of the most important plays of that era includes not only the scripts but also contains informative headnotes, commentary and an outstanding bibliography. An illuminating study of twentieth-century rural America and its cultural mores and values.