University of Minnesota
Department of English

Department of English

Archibald I. Leyasmeyer

Associate Professor Emeritus

Central Interests

  • Drama, especially modern drama
  • Eighteenth-century literature, especially Augustan
  • Satire, verbal and visual


  • University of Minnesota, University College Outstanding Service Award, 1999
  • University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award, 1999
  • University of Minnesota, Department of English Ruth Christie Teaching Award, 1998
  • Elected to the Minnesota Humanities Commission, 1994
  • One of first three recipients of CEE Distinguished Teaching Award, 1989
  • Gordon L. Starr award for outstanding service to students, 1989
  • Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of English Award, 1982
  • Selected as a Danforth Associate by the Danforth Foundation, 1973


  • Education
    Princeton University, M.A., Ph.D.
    Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, M.A.E.
    Harvard University, B.A.
  • Job history
    Assistant, Princeton University, 1963-64
    Instructor, Rutgers University, 1963-64
    Instructor, University of Minnesota, 1964-66
    Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, 1966-68
    Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, 1968-


  • Combined graduate and undergraduate courses
  • EngL 5175: Twentieth-Century Drama
  • EngL 5940: Eugene O'Neill and Tennessee Williams
  • Courses for undergraduate majors
  • EngL 3112/3112H: Survey of English Literature--The 17th and 18th Centuries
  • EngL 3117: Eighteenth-Century English Literature
  • EngL 3242/3242H: Shakespeare
  • EngL 3940: Twentieth-Century American Drama--O'Neill and Williams
  • EngL 3960: Junior-Senior Seminar
  • General education courses
  • EngL 1019: Introduction to Modern Drama
  • EngL 1069: Introduction to Drama

Other Activities

  • Faculty Director of the Program for Individualized Learning, University College, University of Minnesota, 1979-
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies and of Honors, English, 1991-94
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies and of the Honors Program, Department of English, 1972-74

    Over the last 20+ years I have been board member, officer, or founder of over a dozen organizations. Guthrie Theater (1973, Vice President, numerous committees, educational activities); Guthrie 2 (Chair of Steering Committee); The Playwrights Center (1976, President for six years); The Playwrights Center Corporate Board (1992, Secretary); Jerome Foundation (1981-91, Vice Chairman); Center for Arts Criticism (1983-91, founder, chair, etc.); Minnesota Short Story Project (1985-86, Board); CenterFilm (1986-89, chair); Minnesota Arts Forum (1986-91, council member); Theater Trustees of America (1985-89); University of Minnesota Art Museum; Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum (1987, chair); Minnesota Humanities Commission (1994, executive committee); 15 Head (1995, Vice President). Consultant to over a dozen arts organizations, from the Twin Cities Drama Critics Circle to Northwest Area Foundation