Experts List

ATDS Experts List

Below is the ATDS Experts List.  If you are still searching for another member for your dissertation committee, this resource may help.  Please use the information these scholars have kindly provided in a thoughtful way.

The areas of interest below include an extraordinary range of topics:
Actor training, African American theatre, American Cultural Studies, Asian American theatre, Avant-Garde Drama, Chautauqua, Circus, Diasporic theatre, Dramaturgy, Early American Theatre, Federal Theatre Project, Feminist Theatre, Frontier theatre, Gay and Lesbian theatre history and performance, Gender and Performance, Intercultural Theatre, Jewish theatre, Labor Theatre, Latino theatre, Melodrama, Mexican Theatre, Minstrelsy, Modernism, Musical theatre, Playwrights and Directors (Glaspell, Fornes, Kushner, Mamet, Mee, Miller, O’Neill, Parks, Shepard, Treadwell, Valdez, Wasserstein, Wilder, Williams, Wilson), Political theatre, Popular Entertainments, Religion and Theatre, Theatre Historiography, Theatre for Young Audiences, Transnational Theatre, Vaudeville, and Women’s theatre.

(You may want to use the terms provided above, or other terms to search the list for experts who match your areas of interest.)

Dr. Susan Abbotson
Associate Professor, Department of English
Rhode Island College
401 456 2803
sabbotson@ric.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:
Modern and Contemporary Drama
Women’s Theatre
African American Theatre
Arthur Miller
Tennessee Williams
William Inge
August Wilson

Sarah Bay-Cheng, Professor and Chair
Department of Theater and Dance
Bowdoin College
sbaycheng@bowdoin.edu
207-725-3419

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Modern drama
Media and performance
Film history
Avant-garde
Contemporary American performance

Michael Y. Bennett
Associate Professor of English; affiliated faculty in Philosophy
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
bennettm@uww.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Absurd drama and theatre
19th-21st c. European drama and theatre
19th-21st c. American drama and theatre
Theatre and Philosophy (a.k.a. Performance Philosophy)
Oscar Wilde
Edward Albee
Eugene O’Neill

Henry Bial
Associate Professor of Theatre and American Studies
University of Kansas
785.864.4011
hbial@ku.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Jewish representation on the American stage and screen since 1900
Performance theory
Religion and theatre
Theatre Historiography

Cheryl Black
Professor of Theatre
University of Missouri Columbia
573 882 0530
Blackc@missouri.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Women in Theatre
Feminist theatre and drama
Feminist criticism
The Provincetown Players (esp. Susan Glaspell)
African American theatre and drama
Workers Theatre in the U.S.
Acting/Acting Pedagogy
Dramaturgy

Sara Boland-Taylor
Doctoral Student, Department of Theatre
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
bolandt2@illinois.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Shakespeare
Adaptation
Preganancy and Performance
Women’s and Feminist Theatre

Jane Brody
Jbrody845@gmail.com

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Auditioning
Acting theories
Archetype as related to actors and story
Neuroscience of acting
Career planning for actors

Annalisa Brugnoli
PhD, American Studies
University of Venice (Italy)
annalisa.brugnoli@yahoo.com

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Eugene O’Neill
Modernism in American Drama
Philosophical and psychoanalityc issues in American Drama (the Shadow, the Other, the “Medusation”)

David Carlyon
Independent Scholar
carlyon123@me.com

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Circus
Physical Comedy
19th-century theater and politics
Broadway producing and practice

Jonathan Chambers
Associate Professor of Theatre
Department of Theatre and Film
Bowling Green State University
419 372-9618
jonathc@bgsu.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
American Theater and Drama between the World Wars
Theatre and the political/cultural left
Marxist and materialist theory
Theatre and Modernism (early 20th century avant garde)
Postmodern Theory/Theatre
Actor Training (especially Michael Chekhov technique)

James Cherry
Associate Professor
Wabash University
cherryj@wabash.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Early 20th century American theater
Parody
Popular culture
American film

Alessandro Clericuzio
Associate Professor, American Literature
University of Perugia, Italy
alessandro.clericuzio@unipg.it

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
20th century American and European drama
Tennessee Williams
Ethnic and queer studies in American drama
Theatre and film
Contemporary Italian theatre

Timothy D. Connors
Professor of Theatre
Central Michigan University
Office/Voice: 989-774-3815
conno1td@cmich.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Late 19th/Early 20th Century American Theatre and Drama
American Vaudeville (especially managers/management)
Irish Theatre and Drama

Meredith Conti
Assistant Professor of Theatre
University at Buffalo, SUNY
maconti@buffalo.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Nineteenth-century American and British theatre
Victorian medicine and theatre
Firearms in American theatre and performance
Popular entertainments of the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries
Theatre iconography

Mark Cosdon
Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies
Allegheny College
(814) 332-2304
mcosdon@allegheny.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
History of Popular Entertainments
Pantomime
Physical Theatre
Circus

Scott T. Cummings
Associate Professor, Theatre Department
Boston College
617-552-4614
scott.cummings@bc.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Contemporary American Drama
(especially Maria Irene Fornes, Charles Mee, off-Off Broadway movement)
American ensemble theaters
(especially SITI Company)
Dramaturgy and playwriting
Resident Regional Theater movement

Eileen Curley
Associate Professor
Marist College
845-575-2536
eileencurley@gmail.com

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Amateur theatre
Theatrical design and technology
19th c. theatre and drama

J.K. Curry
Associate Professor, Dept. of Theatre and Dance
Wake Forest University
(336) 758-3941
curryjk@wfu.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
19th c. American theatre
women theatre managers
19th and 20th c. American drama

Rick DesRochers
Associate Professor and Director of Theatre and Multi-Media Performance
Lehman College, CUNY
rickdesrochers63@gmail.com

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Multi-Media Performance
Nineteenth and Early Twentieth American Stage and Film Comedy – Vaudeville, Slapstick Silent Film, and Burlesque
European Avant-Garde of Early the Twentieth Century – Cabaret, Dada, and Surrealism
Commedia dell’Arte
American Film and Television History
New Play Development and Production
Dramaturgy

Christian DuComb, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English in the University Theater
Colgate University
cducomb@colgate.edu
colgate.edu/christianducomb

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
American Cultural Studies
Avant-Garde Drama
Intercultural Theatre
Minstrelsy
Playwrights and Directors: Pig Iron Theatre Company
Theatre Historiography

Joey Falocco
Texas State University
jf48@txstate.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Shakespeare in Performance

James Fisher
Professor of Theatre; Head, Department of Theatre
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
201 Taylor Building, Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
336-334-4112
ajfisher@uncg.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
American Theatre
Tony Kushner
Gay and Lesbian Theatre
Musical theatre

John Frick
Professor Emeritus, Drama
University of Virginia
jwfvir@gmail.com
434-973-1742

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
19th century American Theatre
Popular entertainments
Temperance Drama
Uncle Tom’s Cabin on Stage

Shawn-Marie Garrett
Assistant Professor
Barnard College, Columbia University
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-6863
sg488@columbia.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Suzan-Lori Parks
Contemporary Performance
European and American Theatrical Modernism
Production Dramaturgy and Directing

Fonzie D. Geary II, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Lyon College
870-307-7511
fonzie.geary@lyon.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
American Drama 1920-1959
Maxwell Anderson
Playwrights’ Company
American Cultural Movements in Dramatic Literature (e.g. American Revolutionary Philosophy, Frontierism, Protestantism, Transcendentalism)

Michelle Granshaw, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies
Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts
University of Pittsburgh
mkg31@pitt.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
American and Irish theatre and popular entertainment
Diaspora and global performance histories
Performance and the working class
Theatre historiography

Stuart Hecht
Professor of Theatre
Boston College
Hecht@bc.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
20th century non-commercial Chicago theatre
Hull-House and other settlement theatres
Diasporic theatre
American musical theatre
Dramaturgy
Jewish American Theatre

Eileen Herrmann
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dominican University of California
415-257-0111
Giggi6000@aol.com

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
The drama of Eugene O’Neill
Metaphor and Modern American Drama 

John H. Houchin
Chair, Theare Department
Boston College
617-552-0823
john.houchin.1@bc.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Censorship of the American Theatre
African American Theatre and Culture in the 20th Century
American Popular Entertainment in the 20th Century
Pre World War II European Avant Garde

Lisa Jackson-Schebetta
Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre Arts
University of Pittsburgh
lisajsch@pitt.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Hemispheric Americas
Latin America
Iberia and Spain
Coloniality
Directing and Devising

Megan Sanborn Jones
Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Media Arts
Brigham Young University
801 422 1321
msjones@byu.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
19th and 20th c. religious performance
Mormon performance
19th c. melodrama
Women’s studies
Musical Theatre

Emeline Jouve, PhD
Associate Professor
Champollion University/Toulouse Jean-Jaurès University, France
emeline.jouve@gmail.com
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Theater and justice
Women in theater
Gender
Politics
Intermediality
Experimental theater
Karl Kippola
Assistant Professor, Department of Performing Arts
American University
202 885 3464
kippola@american.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
American Musical Theatre
19th Century American Theatre
Acting and Acting History
Masculinity

Jeanne Klein
Associate Professor of Theatre
University of Kansas
1530 Naismith Dr., 317 Murphy Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
785-864-5576
kleinj@ku.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Theatre for Young Audiences (18th c. through present)
Children’s plays, playwrights, and prose literature
Audience reception studies

Lincoln Konkle
Professor of English
The College of New Jersey
(609) 771-2346
konkleli@tcnj.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Thornton Wilder (novels as well as plays)
Edward Albee

Amelia Howe Kritzer
Associate Professor, English
University of St. Thomas
651-962-5883
ahkritzer@stthomas.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Caryl Churchill
Contemporary British drama
Early American theatre and drama
Early American women dramatists
Political theatre and drama
Feminist theatre and drama

Daniel Larner
Professor of Theatre
Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Western Washington University
360 650-4908
Daniel.Larner@wwu.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Contemporary American Drama
Dramatic Form and Structure
Comedy, Tragedy, Tragicomedy
Metaphor in Dramatic Structure
Drama into Film

Esther Kim Lee
Associate Professor, Theatre
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
217-333-2893
kim32@illinois.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Asian American theatre
Korean diaspora theatre and performance
American theatre
Ethnic theatre
Intercultural theatre
Transnational theatre
Theatre and globalization

Jan Lewis
Associate Professor and Chair of Theatre
Wesleyan College
4760 Forsyth Rd.
Macon, GA 31210
(478) 757-5249
jlewis@wesleyancollege.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Representations of Jewish Identity in American Theatre
Wendy Wasserstein
Sophie Tucker
Gender and Performance
Directing in Modern and Contemporary American Theatre

Thomas Leuchtenmüller
Independent Scholar
+49-611-56579933
t.leuchtenmueller@t-online.de

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
August Wilson
African-American Drama
Arthur Miller

Landis K. Magnuson
Professor of English
Director, Anselmian Abbey Players
Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH 03102-1310
603-641-7037
lmagnuso@anselm.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Chautauqua and Vaudeville
Circle Stock Theatre
Touring Repertoire Theatre
Late 19th/Early 20th Century American Popular Entertainment and Culture

Kim Marra
Professor of Theatre Arts and American Studies
University of Iowa
107 Theatre Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1705
office: (319) 353 2402 fax: (319) 335 3568
kim-marra@uiowa.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Homosexuality and lesbianism in American theatre history
Impresarios and Actresses in American theatre history, 1865-1914
Late 19th century American acting training
Feminist theatre historiography
Animal Studies and American performance history

Alma Martinez, M.F.A., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Pomona College
Department of Theatre & Dance
300 East Bonita Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
909.607.4382
Alma.martinez@pomona.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Chicano/a Theatre
Luis Valdez and El Teatro Campesino
Latin American Political Theatre and
Nuevo Teatro Popular (1965-1975)
Contemporary Mexican Theatre
Latinas in American Theatre
Latina/o Images in Film

Laura Mielke
Associate Professor of English
University of Kansas
785-864-2568
lmielke@ku.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Early American literature and theatre
Nineteenth-century US literature and theatre
American Indians in literature and performance, pre-1900
Literature of slavery and abolition

Derek Miller
Associate Professor of English
Harvard University
dmiller@fas.harvard.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Economics of Theater
Theater and Law
Broadway
Musical Theater
Play Publishing
Contemporary Off-Broadway Theater
Digital Humanities

Courtney Elkin Mohler, PhD
Assistant Professor
American Studies Program
Founding Director of the Office of Intercultural Literacy, Capacity and Engagement
Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI)
carmel.elkin@gmail.com

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Native American Drama
Native American Performance
Critical Race Theory
US Ethnic Theater
Chicana/o Theater
Theater for Social Justice

Heather S. Nathans
Professor & Chair, Department of Drama and Dance, Tufts University
President, ASTR, Series Editor, Studies in Theatre History and Culture, University of Iowa Press
Heather.nathans@tufts.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Early American Theatre
Early American Popular Entertainment
Antebellum Theatre and Literature
Shakespeare in 18th and 19th century America
African American theatre and culture pre-1861
Jewish representations on the American stage, pre-1861

Dr. Sanja Nikcevic
Distinguished Professor, Drama Department, Academy of Art, University of Osijek
tel 385 1 631 41 48
sanja.nikcevic@uaos.hr

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Contemporary American drama
Contemporary European drama
Theatre criticism

Dr. Amy Osatinski
Assistant Professor of Directing
University of Northern Iowa
amy.osatinski@uni.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALITION
Contemporary Musical Theatre
Musical Theatre History
Contemporary American Theatre
Popular Culture
Theatre and Digital Media/Technology
Directing
Pedagogy

Elizabeth Osborne
Associate Professor of Theatre Studies
Florida State University
850-645-6858
BethOsborne@gmail.com

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Federal Theatre Project
Dramaturgy
American Theatre (Civil War through WWII)
Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams
Intersections of theatre and community

Barbara (Basia) Ozieblo
Professor of American Literature,
Department of English
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
University of Málaga, Spain
34 952 131795
ozieblo@uma.es

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Susan Glaspell
American Women Dramatists
Violence on stage
Cognitive studies applied to theater

Ilka Saal
University Professor of American Literature
University of Erfurt, Nordhäuser Str. 63, 99089
Erfurt, Germany
ilka.saal@uni-erfurt.de

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Political Theater
New Deal Theater
Theater and War
Memory Studies
Trauma Studies
African American Theater

David Sauer
Professor, English
Spring Hill College
Mobile, AL 36608
251-380-4644
sauer@shc.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
David Mamet
August Wilson
Wendy Wasserstein
Contemporary American Drama
Drama in Performance

Stephen A. Schrum
Associate Professor, Department of Theatre Arts
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
724 836 7483
sas114@pitt.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
“Theatre in Cyberspace”
Virtual Theatre
Teaching with Technology
Goethe’s Faust

Max Shulman, PhD
Visual and Performing Arts
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
mshulman@uccs.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Modern Drama
Political Theatre
Popular Entertainment
Vaudeville
Progressive Era Theatre
Representations of Drug Addiction in American Theatre and Film

Susan Harris Smith
Professor, English
University of Pittsburgh
shs1@pitt.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Modern and Contemporary Drama
American Cultural Studies (late 19th/early 20th centuries)

Naomi J. Stubbs
Assistant Professor, English
LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York
Phone: +1-718-482-5680
Email: naomi_stubbs@hotmail.com

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Nineteenth century American theatre
Nineteenth century American popular entertainments
Pleasure gardens
Critical editing

Ansley Valentine
Associate Professor
Indiana University
arvalent@indiana.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Large-scale puppetry and mask
Community-based arts education

Shauna Vey
Professor
CUNY – New York City College of Technology
svey@citytech.cuny.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
19th and 20th Century American Theatre
Child Actors
Child labor laws

Erik Viker
Assistant Professor of Theatre
and Technical Director
Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 17870
Telephone 570-372-4548
viker@susqu.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Production management
Theatre operations and technology
Stage management
Technical theatre in liberal arts education

Ronald Wainscott
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Theatre and Drama
Indiana University
912-855-9021
wainscot@indiana.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
American theatre and dramatic literature late 19th-21st century
American and European theatre and drama between the world wars
Eugene O’Neill
History and theory of directing

Katherine Weiss
Assistant Professor, English
East Tennessee State University
423-439-6626
weisk01@etsu.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Samuel Beckett
Sam Shepard
Sophie Treadwell
Modern Irish Drama
Modern British Drama

Ann Folino White
Associate Professor
Department of Theatre
Michigan State University
whitea38@msu.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
20th C. theatre and popular performance
Food politics and culture
Great Depression
Gender and feminist theory

Catherine Young, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, English
Baruch College, CUNY
Catherine.Young@baruch.cuny.edu

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Animal studies
Popular theatre history (vaudeville, minstrelsy, circus, and Broadway)
Contemporary US theatre
Women in theatre
Critical race studies