FACULTY

Andrew Pederson, MFA

Professor of English

Coordinator, The Noetic Experience


College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Pederson teaches courses including Introduction to Creative Writing, Playwriting, Creek and Roman Mythology, Modern Drama, Contemporary Theatre, The Noetic Experience through the Humanities, Seminar in Creative Writing, Fiction Writing, Content and Methods of Secondary Education - English and Writing About Literature.

His main area of research encompasses creative writing. Previously, Professor Pederson chaired the English department at Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park, Ill. He has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2009.

Degrees

  • MFA, Playwriting, Goddard College; Plainfield, VT
  • M.A., English, The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College; Middlebury, VT
  • B.A., Lutheran Secondary Education/Theatre, Concordia University Chicago; River Forest, IL

Academic and Professional Highlights

Creative Works/Presentations:

  • Resident Playwright, The Saltbox Theatre Collective
  • Head Writer, LCMS National Youth Gathering, "Real. Present. God." Minneapolis, MN (2019)
  • "Playwriting for Novelists", Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Portland, OR (2019)
  • Keynote Speech -"The Freedom of Failure: Opportunity and Growth in the Classroom", Rockford Lutheran Schools Teacher Institute (2019)
  • “Realism is Dead/Long Live Realism! Acceptance and Resistance of a Dramatic Form”, Association of Writers and Writing Programs National Convention, Tampa, FL (2018)
  • “Spinning the Style Wheel: Stretching Your Voice”, The New England Young Writer’s Conference, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.  (2018)  
  •  “How to Ruin Your Play in Easy Steps”, Southwestern Theatre Conference, Lexington, KY , 2017
  • The Lounge - 5-part commissioned drama for Lutheran Education Association National Convocation, Grand Rapids, MI (2016)
  • Head Writer, LCMS National Youth Gathering Mass Events, "In Christ Alone", New Orleans, LA (2016)
  • "The General's Cat", Saltbox Theatre Collective, Abbie-Fest XXVII, Mary-Arrchie Theatre, Chicago (2015)
  • In the Soundless Awe (co-written with Jayme McGhan), New Light Theatre Project, New York City, NY (2015)
  • The Uncommon Core: Creative Writing, Composition, and the ELA Classroom, Chicagoland Lutheran Education Foundation Annual Networking Conference, Walther Lutheran High School, Melrose Park IL (2014)
  • Yellow Light, Voices of the South Theatre, Memphis, TN (2014)
  • "Digital Essay Assessment", Lutheran Education Foundation National Convocation, Milwaukee, (2013) 
  • "Shaping Real Life, Past and Present" , With Jayme McGhan-Concordia University Chicago, Sheila Curran Bernard -SUNY:Albany, Craig Thornton - SUNY Jefferson Community College, Dramatists Guild National Convention, Chicago, IL (2013)
  • "An Insider's Guide to Love in the Afterlife,” The Pitkin Review, Summer 2009.
  • "End of Summer,” Ottawa Arts Review, Winter 2008.

Awards:

  • Concordia University Chicago Summer Research Grant for New Play Development (2014)
  • Concordia University Chicago Faculty Research Grant (2011)

Research:

Professor Pederson teaches courses in the Creative Writing Minor - including, Introduction to Creative Writing, Fiction Writing, Playwriting, and Writing Chicago.  He also teaches the following courses: Greek and Roman Mythology, Modern Drama, Arts and Ideas, Writing About Literature, in addition to working with Secondary Education English majors.

Professor Pederson is a playwright and is deeply invested in researching creative writing pedagogies. Other areas of research interest are comic theory, playwrights, and narrative

Prior Positions:

Pederson chaired the English Department at Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park, IL.