Karl Toepfer

karl toepfer

Office: HGH 213
Phone: 408-924-4305
Email: karl.toepfer@sjsu.edu

Karl Toepfer has taught at San Jose State University since 1983, the same year he received his doctorate in Theater Arts from UCLA. He also received his BA from UCLA, as well as an MA from San Jose State University. Before entering graduate school, he was a production assistant for Fanfare Films in Hollywood, served as a cinematographer and photographer in the U.S. Army, and worked for Dart Industries. At SJSU, he was Graduate Coordinator for the Theater Arts Department for many years before serving as Director of Productions for two years. He then served as Associate Dean for the College of Humanities and the Arts from 2001 to 2004. From 2004 to 2012, he was Dean for the College of Humanities and the Arts. He has published numerous scholarly articles in performing arts journals, including TDR, Scandinavian Studies, Comparative Literature, and The Journal of the History of Sexuality. He has published three scholarly books: The Voice of Rapture; Theatre, Aristocracy and Pornocracy; and Empire of Ecstasy: Nudity and Movement in German Body Culture 1910-1935. His scholarship has also appeared several anthologies, most recently in On Stage Alone (2012), Fashion in Film (forthcoming 2013), Metropolzauber (forthcoming 2013), and the online Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (forthcoming 2014). He appears with the singer Marianne Faithfull in an episode of the BBC television series Who Do You Think You Are?, airing on September 18, 2013. He has been involved with University initiatives related to gaming and education, online delivery of curriculum, and projects designed to enhance technological proficiency in the humanities. A number of his video lectures on contemporary theatre are available on YouTube.