Wade Newhouse, Ph.D.

Program Director of Theatre; Professor of English; Department Chair of Humanities

In addition to teaching English, Dr. Newhouse is an actor and improvisational comedian whose troupe, Raleigh’s Village Idiots, often performs at Peace. He enjoys visiting historical sites and has a possibly unhealthy interest in dogs. He also enjoys watching horror movies.

“I love watching students develop into colleagues and partners.”


  • BA English, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • MA English, North Carolina State University
  • Ph.D. English, Boston University

Activities & Honors

  • 2016 McCormick Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2015 Baccalaureate Speaker
  • 2014 Keynote Speaker, Speedcon at NCSU
  • 2012 Keynote Speaker, Speedcon at NCSU
  • 2011 Baccalaureate Speaker
  • 2011 First-Year Advising Award
  • Interim Program Coordinator of Theatre and Musical Theatre
  • Liberal Education Coordinator

Research & Publications

  • “Believing Partway: The Book of Mormon and Postsecular America” in SINGING AND DANCING TO THE BOOK OF MORMON (2016)
  • “Once a Paradise: Brad Watson’s Southern Afterlife” in ROUGH SOUTH, RURAL SOUTH: REGION AND CLASS IN RECENT SOUTHERN LITERATURE (2016)
  • “More Dead than Living: Randall Kenan’s Monstrous Community” in UNDEAD SOUTHS: THE GOTHIC AND BEYOND IN SOUTHERN LITERATURE AND CULTURE (2015)
  • “Coming of Age with the Ageless” in NEIL GAIMAN AND PHILOSOPHY (2012)