John C. Tibbetts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Kansas, where he teaches courses in film history, media studies, and theory and aesthetics. He is an author, educator, broadcaster, as well as an artist and pianist. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Multi-Disciplinary Studies (Art History, Theater, Photography and Film). As a broadcaster and journalist and scholar he has hosted his own television show in Kansas City, Missouri; worked as a news reporter/ commentator for CBS Television (KCTV) and National Public Radio; produced classical music programming for KXTR-FM radio; written (and illustrated) nine books, more than 200 articles, and several short stories.
From l976-l985 he edited the bi-monthly magazine, American Classic Screen (the publication of the National Film Society). He has been a regular contributor to The Christian Science Monitor Newspaper and Radio Network, a Senior Editor for the annual Movie-Video Guides from Ballantine Books, and a Senior Consultant and Contributor to several major reference works, including The New Film Index, The Encyclopedia of the 20th Century, The Oxford Companion to Mystery and Crime Writing, Magill’s Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, and American Cultural Biography.
His books include His Majesty the American: The Films of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. (A.S. Barnes, 1977), Introduction to the Photoplay (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1977), The American Theatrical Film (Popular Press, 1985), Dvorak in America (Amadeus Press, 1993), The Encyclopedia of Novels into Film (Facts on File, 1998), and The Cinema of Tony Richardson (SUNY Press, 1999) (several of the above titles have been co-written with James M. Welsh). His recent books with co-editor James M. Welsh, are The Encyclopedia of Stage Plays into Film (2001), Shakespeare into Film (2002), The Encyclopedia of Great Filmmakers (2002), and a revised and expanded edition of The Encyclopedia of Novels into Film. And his most recent book is Composers in the Movies: Studies in Musical Biography (Yale University Press, 2005).
Currently, he is involved in the production of several radio series for Kansas Public Radio and WMFT in Chicago, The World of Robert Schumann (2004) and Piano Portraits (2006).
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