ACADEMIC POSITIONS

 Washington University in St. Louis

  • Associate Professor, Performing Arts. 2017-present.
  • Assistant Professor, Performing Arts. 2013-2017.
  • Affiliated Faculty, American Culture Studies. 2013-present.

Yale University       

  • Assistant Professor, Theater Studies, American Studies, and African American Studies. 2008-2013.

Princeton University

  • Postdoctoral Lecturer, Princeton Writing Program. 2007-2008.

EDUCATION

Brown University

  • Ph.D., Theatre and Performance Studies, 2008.

Cornell University

  • M.A., Theatre Studies, 2002.

Trinity College (CT)

  • B.A. with Honors, Theatre and Dance, 1999. 
  • Phi Beta Kappa

PUBLICATIONS

Books

  •  Staging the Blues: From Tent Shows to Tourism (Durham: Duke University Press, 2014)
    • Errol Hill Award, American Society for Theatre Research
    • John W. Frick Award, American Theatre and Drama Society
    • Honorable Mention, Barnard Hewitt Award, American Society for Theatre Research
    • Finalist, George Freedley Memorial Award, Theatre Library Association
    • Reviewed in African American Review, American Studies, Arkansas Review, Callaloo, Journal of American Ethnic History, The Journal of American History, Journal of Popular Music Studies, The Journal of Southern History, Library Journal, Modern Drama, Studies in Theatre and Performance, TDR: The Drama Review, Theatre Journal, Theatre Research International, Theatre Survey, Women and Performance.
  • Rehearsing Civil Rights: Practicing the Law, 1932-1968 (in progress)

Articles and Book Chapters (selected)

“Generational Schism, Fannie Lou Hamer, and the Future of Protest.” TDR: The Drama Review vol. 63, no. 1 (2018).

“Reconsidering the ‘American Style:’ Black Performers and Black Music in Streetcar and Cat.” Theatre Journal, vol. 68, no. 1 (2016): 1-15.

“A ‘Southern, Brown, Burnt Sensibility:’ Four Saints in Three Acts, Black Spain, and the Theatrical Pastoral.” Invited contribution to Creating and Consuming the American South, ed. by Martyn Bone, Brian Ward, and William A. Link (Tallahassee: University Press of Florida, 2015): 226-247.

“‘The Magic of Song!’ John Lomax, Huddie Ledbetter, and the Staging of Circulation.” Invited contribution to Performance in the Borderlands, ed. by Harvey Young and Ramón Rivera-Servera (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010): 128-146.

“Next Up Downtown: A New Generation of Ensemble Performance.” TDR: The Drama Review vol. 54, no. 4. (2010): 11-38.

“Floods of Memory (a post-Katrina Soundtrack).” Performance Research vol. 12, no. 2 (2007): 57-65.

“Highway 61 Revisited.” TDR: The Drama Review vol. 51, no. 3. (2007): 80-97.

 Book and Performance Reviews

Review of The Black Radical Tragic: Performance, Aesthetics, and the Unfinished Haitian Revolution by Jeremy Matthew Glick. TDR: The Drama Review vol. 61. no. 2 (2017): 178-180.

Review of Staging Faith: Religion and African American Theater from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II by Craig R. Prentiss. Modern Drama vol. 58, no. 1 (2015): 152-154.

Review of The African American Theatrical Body by Soyica Diggs Colbert. Theatre Journal vol. 65, no. 2 (2013): 298-299.

Review of Beyond Lift Every Voice and Sing by Paula Marie Seniors. African American Review vol. 43, no. 4 (2009): 755-757.

Review of Utopia in Performance by Jill Dolan. TDR: The Drama Review vol. 52, no. 1 (2008): 206-208.

“Theatre is Hell.”  Performance Review of Oedipus X by Rinde Eckert. PAJ:  A Journal of Performance and Art vol. 28, no. 3. (2006): 56-59.

“I Didn’t See Anything:  Performance, Eavesdropping and Sound.” Exhibition Review of Janet Cardiff and Georges Bures Miller. PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art vol. 28, no. 1 (2006): 52-57.

HONORS AND AWARDS

2015   Errol Hill Award for Staging the Blues. Awarded by the American Society for Theater Research for outstanding scholarship in the field of African American theater and performance.

2015   John W. Frick Book Award for Staging the Blues. Awarded by the American Theatre and Drama Society for the best book published in American theatre and performance.

2015   Honorable Mention, the Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History for Staging the Blues. Awarded by the American Society for Theatre Research.

2015   Finalist, the George Freedley Memorial Award for Staging the Blues. Presented annually by the Theatre Library Association to an English-language book of exceptional scholarship that examines some aspect of live theatre or performance.

2011   Poorvu Family Prize for Interdisciplinary Teaching, Yale University.

2011   Vera Mowry Roberts Prize in Research and Publication. Awarded by the American Theatre and Drama Society for the best essay published in English by a junior faculty member.

2008   Honorable Mention, Gerald Kahan Prize. Awarded by the American Society for Theater Research for the best essay written by an untenured scholar.

2006   Winner, TDR: The Drama Review, Graduate Student Essay Contest.

FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS

2017   Course Innovation Grant, Arts and Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis.

2016   National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship.

2015   Faculty Research Grant, Center for the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis.

2014   Seed Grant, Center for the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis.

2011   Hilles Publication Grant, Yale University.

2010   Morse Fellowship, Yale University.

2008   Research Grant, The Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, Yale University.

2004   Thomas J. Marshall Travel Grant, American Society for Theater Research.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

Invited Lectures

 "The Sociodramatic Experiment." Wake Forest University. February 2018.

"The Sociodramatic Experiment: Performing Nonviolence in the Civil Rights Movement." Washington University in St. Louis. February 2018.

“Performing Nonviolence: Sociodrama and Sincerity in the Civil Rights Movement.” Texas A&M University. March 2017.

“Performing Nonviolence: Sociodrama and Sincerity in the Civil Rights Movement.” Florida State University. February 2017.

“Actresses, Empresses, and Queens: Blueswomen on the Tent Show Stage.” Women’s Society of Washington University. September 2016.

“Enacting Justice: Legal Performance in the Civil Rights Era.” Chicago Humanities Festival. October 2015.

“Rehearsing Nonviolence: Towards a Performance History of the Civil Rights Movement.” Washington University in St. Louis. April 2015.

“(Don’t) Take a Bow: On Curtain Calls and Concluding Songs.” Yale University. April 2015.

“Sequins and Civil Rights: Sister Rosetta Tharpe and The Blues and Gospel Train.” Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center (iPLACE), Wake Forest University. February 2015.

“Rehearsing, Practicing, Testing: The Mississippi Freedom Vote of 1963.” Brown University. February 2012.

“Bejeweled Blues: Performances of Value on the Tent Show Stage.” Yale University. September 2011.

Keynote address, “Tennessee Williams, Paris Blues, and the Circum-Atlantic South.” “Transatlantic Acts: Performance on the Move” conference. August 2011.

“Staging the South: Theatricality with a Double Edge.” University of Copenhagen. August 2010.

“The Delta Comes to Chorltonville.” Center for Research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. University of Cambridge. June 2009.

Conference Presentations (selected)

“Dramatizing Dissent: Nonviolence Training and Theatrical Tactics in the Civil Rights Movement.” American Studies Association. Chicago, Illinois. November 2017.

Plenary Presentation: “Rehearsing Nonviolence: Towards a Theater History of the Civil Rights Movement.” American Society for Theatre Research. Portland, Oregon. November 2015.

“Conditional Histories: Notes on Performances that (Never) Occurred.” Performance Studies International. Stanford, California. June 2013.

“A Place to Sing, to Dance, and to Talk: Theatrical Performance and Social Reform at the Highlander Folk School.” American Society for Theatre Research. Nashville, Tennessee. November 2012.

“Reframing in Retrospect: The Fourteenth Amendment Reconsidered.” Association for Theater in Higher Education. Washington, D.C. August 2012.

“Mock Trials: Rehearsing for Brown v. Board of Education.” Association for Theater in Higher Education. Washington, D.C. August 2012.

“Reconsidering Waste: Rehearsing Voting Rights in Mississippi.” American Society for Theatre Research Working Session. Montreal, Quebec. November 2011.

“Casting the Vote.” Association for Theater in Higher Education. Chicago, Illinois. August 2011.

“Bejeweled Blues: Performances of Value on the Tent Show Stage.” EMP Pop Conference. Los Angeles, California. February 2011.

“Casting the Vote: The Mississippi Freedom Vote of 1963.” American Studies Association. San Antonio, Texas. November 2010.

“‘Cottonopoli:’ The Delta Comes to Chorltonville.” American Studies Symposium. Yale University. May 2010.

“The Delta in Chorltonville.” Association for Theater in Higher Education. New York, New York. August 2009.

TEACHING and ADVISING

Graduate Courses Taught

Performing Nonviolence

Performance and Protest in the Long Civil Rights Movement

Dramatic Theory

Black Politics and Performance in the Twentieth-Century US (team-taught with Jonathan Holloway)

Performance Historiography

Undergraduate Courses Taught

African American Theater and Performance

Music and Performance

Contemporary American Theatre and Performance

Race and Performance

Theatre Culture Studies III: Melodrama to Modernism

Modern Drama and Modern Technologies

Staging the South

Survey of Theater and Drama I and II

Special Project

“Black Acts: Creativity and Celebrity in Twentieth-Century Theater.” May 2013. During this semester-long project, undergraduate students explored archival materials in the James Weldon Johnson Collection at the Beinecke Library and curated a web exhibition featuring the work of artists including Harry Belafonte, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and Aida Overton Walker.  http://blackacts.commons.yale.edu/

Dissertation Committees

Ashley Pribyl (Music); Daniel Fister (Music); Madison Moore (American Studies)

Master’s Thesis Committees

Dan Washelesky (chair); Brett Carr; Vincent “Jim” Short; Rachel Blumer; Alina Volobuyeva

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Mentor

Chelsea Whitaker

Senior Thesis Advisor

Amanda Chang; Jamie Kallestad (awarded Norman Pearson Prize in American Studies); Sam Ng (awarded the Pickens Prize in African American Studies); Michael Liebenluft (awarded Metcalf Prize in Theater Studies); Naomi Bland (awarded the Lily Rosen Prize in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies); Melinda Paul; Madeline Johnson; Emily Jenda; Quincy O’Neal; Mark Sonnenblick; Simon Swartzman; Brendan Ternus; Lian Walden.

SERVICE

Service to Washington University in St. Louis (selected)

Co-Convenor (with Amber Musser), “Embodying Intimacy: New Work in Voice and Performance.” A two-day conference featuring three invited guests. February 2018.

Colloquium Committee (chair). Performing Arts. 2015-present.

Co-Director (with Patrick Burke), “RPM: Race and Popular Music” Faculty Initiative and Lecture Series. American Culture Studies. 2014-present.

Co-Director (with Amber Musser), “Voice and Sexuality” Working Group. Center for the Humanities. 2016-present.

Faculty Advisory Committee, University College. 2017-present.

Production Committee, Performing Arts. 2017-present.

Faculty Advisory Board, American Culture Studies. 2015-present.

Executive Committee, Center for the Humanities. 2014-2017.

Discussion Leader, First Year Reading Program. 2015, 2016.

Service to Yale University (selected)

 Director of Undergraduate Studies, Theater Studies. Fall 2012.

Job Search Committee, Theater Studies and East Asian Languages and Literatures. 2011-2012.

Job Search Committee, African American Studies and English. 2009-2010.

Theater Studies Advisory Committee, 2009-2013.

Graduate Admissions Committee, American Studies. 2010.

Graduate Admissions Committee, African American Studies. 2009-2013.

Service to the Profession (selected)

Co-Editor (with Dominika Laster), Book Review section. TDR: The Drama Review. 2013-2017.

Editorial Board, Global Performance Studies. 2016-present.

Co-Convener (with Gad Guterman), Career Development Sessions, American Society for Theatre Research. 2016-2019.

Mentor, Emerging Scholars Program. Performance Studies Focus Group. 2013, 2014.

Focus Group Representative, Performance Studies Focus Group. 2010-2012.

Conference Planner, Performance Studies Focus Group. 2009-2010.

Manuscript review for Women and Performance, Oxford University Press, University of California Press, Yale University Press, Duke University Press