Where Are They Now

Dr. Aaron D. Anderson (PhD ’02) is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Theatre at Virginia Commonwealth University where he is Director of Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Director of the MFA Program.

Dr. Susan Applebaum (PhD ’98) in Instructor of Theatre at Loyola University Chicago, and a member of the faculty at Piven Theatre Workshop. She is the author, with Joyce Piven, of In the Studio with Joyce Piven: Theatre Games, Story Theatre and Text Work for Actors (Methuen Drama 2012).

Dr. Sara Armstrong (PhD ’13) is Artistic Director of the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Theatre Program at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Christine Bean (PhD ’16) is Assistant Director for Faculty Initiatives and Programs at Columbia University in the City of New York. She designs and facilitates programs and services for faculty and instructors with an emphasis on equitable and inclusive pedagogy, and reflection-centered teaching practices.

Dr. Christine Scippa Bhasin (PhD ’12) is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre & History at The College of William & Mary.

Dr. David Calder (PhD ’14) is Lecturer in Theatre & Performance Studies in the Department of Drama at the University of Manchester (UK).

Dr. Rev. Stephen Campbell, S.J. (PhD ’94) is Associate Professor of Theater and Drama at Spring Hill College.

Dr. David Carlyon (PhD ’93) has written two award-winning books, Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man You've Never Heard Of (Public Affairs 2001), and The Education of a Circus Clown: Mentors, Audiences, Mistakes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). An adjunct professor at Iona College, he continues his scholarship, including a Theatre Survey article, “From the Broadway Tabernacle to the Gettysburg Battlefield: Did Edwin Forrest Influence Abraham Lincoln?” (2015). His play Polonius was chosen for a staged reading at the Mid-America Theatre Conference. A former Ringling / Barnum clown, he is a Scholar Advisor for the Circus Arts Program of the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Dr. John Carnwath (PhD ’13) is a consultant with WolfBrown where his work primarily focuses on arts funding, cultural policy, and related issues. He is a contributing Editor for the arts research blog Createquity.

Dr. Lin Classon (PhD ’00) is a Product Marketing Manager with Google.

Dr. Catherine Cole (PhD ’96) is Professor of Drama & Divisional Dean of the Arts at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is the author of Performing South Africa’s Truth Commission: Stages of Transition (Indiana UP 2010) and Ghana’s Concert Party Theatre (Indiana UP 2001). She co-edited Africa After Gender? (Indiana UP 2007) with Takyiwaa Manuh and Stephan F. Miescher.

Dr. Adrian Curtin (PhD ’11) is a Lecturer in the Drama department at the University of Exeter. He is the author of Avant-Garde Theatre Sound: Staging Sonic Modernity (Palgrave 2014, winner of the 2015 TaPRA Early Career Research Prize) and several essays on theatre sound, musical performance, and modernism. He is working on a book on the topic of death in modern theatre, to be published by Manchester University Press. He is an editorial board member of Theatre and Performance Design, the book reviews editor of Studies in Theatre and Performance, and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). He has collaborated on the creation of new theatre with the Llanarth Group.

Dr. Carla Della Gatta (PhD ’15) is Assistant Professor of Critical Studies – Theatre at the University of Southern California.  She received the J Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize in 2016 from the Shakespeare Association of America for the best dissertation on a Shakespeare theme.

Dr. Lesley M. Delmenico (PhD ’03) is Associate Professor of Theatre & Dance at Grinnell College.

Dr. Gina DiSalvo is Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Dr. Kimberly Dixon (PhD ’00) is a poet. She has published in journals including The Drunken Boat, Torch, Versal, Reverie, and the anthology Just Like a Girl: A Manifesta! (GirlChild Press 2008). Her play “The Gizzard of Brownsville” was a finalist in the Theodore Ward Prize for African-American Playwrights. She is a Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow.

Dr. Geoffrey Edwards (PhD ’91) is an award-winning author and stage director who has served as artistic director of the Marquee Theatre Company and resident stage director for the DuPage Opera Theatre.  He has served on academic faculties in both the United States and Europe.  A popular speaker and lecturer for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, he has also written extensively about music and opera.  His books, co-authored with Metropolitan Opera baritone Ryan Edwards, include The Verdi Baritone, as well as Verdi and Puccini Heroines and A.K.A. Doc: The Oral History of a New Orleans Street Musician.

Dr. Marta Effinger-Crichlow (PhD ’00) is Chair of African American Studies and Associate Professor of Theatre and Literature at New York City College of Technology. She is the author of Staging Migrations Toward an American West: From Ida B. Wells to Rhodessa Jones (Colorado UP, 2014). Her plays include Union StationThe Kitchen is Closed Startin' SundayWhispers Want to Holler, and You Dig.

Dr. Penelope Farfan (PhD ’94) is Professor of Drama at the University of Calgary. She is the author of Women, Modernism, and Performance (Cambridge UP 2004/2007) and the editor, with Lesley Ferris, of Contemporary Women Playwrights: Into the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave 2013).

Dr. Abigail Feder-Kane (PhD ’99) is Senior Director of Development at Sarah Lawrence College.

Dr. La Donna L. Forsgren (PhD ’12) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at Miami University. She is the author of In Search of Our Warrior Mothers: Female Dramatists of the Black Arts Movement (Northwestern UP, forthcoming).

Dr. Scott Fosdick (PhD ’91) is Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the School of Journalism & Mass Communications at San Jose State University.

Dr. Beth Friedman-Romell (PhD ’99) is Cantor and spiritual leader of Knesseth Israel Temple in Wooster, Ohio.

Dr. Megan Geigner (PhD ’16) is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Dr. Nadine George-Graves (PhD ’98) is Professor of Theatre & Dance at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of The Royalty of Negro Vaudeville: The Whitman Sisters and the Negotiation of Race, Gender, and Class in African American Theater, 1900-1940 (St. Martin’s, 2000), and Urban Bush Women: Twenty Years of Dance Theater, Community Engagement and Working It Out (Wisconsin UP, 2010).

Dr. Leslie Goddard (PhD ’01) is an actress, playwright, author, and lecturer who runs her own public speaking and historical interpretation business. She is the author of Remembering Marshall Field’s (Arcadia Publishing 2011) and Chicago’s Sweet Candy History (Arcadia Publishing 2012).

Dr. Oona Hatton (PhD ’10) is Assistant Professor of Performance Studies in the Communication Studies department at San José State University.

Dr. Nathan Hedman (PhD ’11) is Assistant Professor of English and Theatre at High Point University.

Dr. Deanna Jent (PhD ’89) is Professor of Theatre at Fontbonne University and Artistic Director of Mustard Seed Theatre in St. Louis. Her play Falling was nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk Award.

Dr. Jacob Juntunen (PhD ’07) is Associate Professor of Playwrighting and Head of the MFA Playwrighting and PhD programs in the Department of Theater at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He is also a playwright with frequent Chicago productions.

Dr. Assunta Bartolomucci Kent (PhD ’94) is Associate Professor of Theater at the University of Southern Maine. She is the author of Maria Irene Fornes and Her Critics (Greenwood Press 1996).

Dr. Suk-Young Kim (PhD ’94) is Professor of Theatre & Dance at UCLA where she also directs Center for Performance Studies. She is the author of Illusive Utopia: Theater, Film, and Everyday Performance in North Korea (U. Michigan Press 2010), DMZ Crossing: Performing Emotional Citizenship Along the Korean Border (Columbia UP 2014), and, with Yong Kim, Long Road Home: Testimony of a North Korean Camp Survivor(Columbia UP 2009). Her research has been acknowledged by the International Federation for Theatre Research New Scholars' Prize (2004), Association for Asian Studies James Palais Book Prize (2013), Association for Theatre in Higher Education Outstanding Book Prize (2015), and ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowship (2014-15) among others.

Dr. Thomas A. King (PhD ’93) is Associate Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University, where he also heads the interdisciplinary minor in Sexuality and Queer Studies. He is the author of The Gendering of Men 1660-1750, vol. 1: The English Phallus (U Wisconsin Press 2004) and The Gendering of Men 1660-1750, vol. 2: Queer Articulations (U of Wisconsin Press 2007).

Dr. Kimberly Tony Korol-Evans (PhD ’06) is an independent scholar and performer. She is the author of Renaissance Festivals: Merrying the Past and Present (McFarland & Co. 2009).

Dr. Keith Byron Kirk (PhD ’13) is Assistant Professor of Performance Studies and Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Theatre Arts. He is the author of the plays As Reaper in Summer Grain, Stone. Baby. Solitaire…, Goodbye Sweetwater, and a new translation and adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s Bodas de Sangre with Alícia Hernàndez Grande.

Dr. Anthea Kraut (PhD ’02) is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance at the University of California, Riverside, where she teaches courses in critical dance studies.  Her first book, Choreographing the Folk: The Dance Stagings of Zora Neale Hurston (U of Minnesota P, 2008) received a Special Citation from the Society of Dance History Scholars’ de la Torre Bueno Prize® for distinguished book of dance scholarship.  Her second book, Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance (Oxford UP, 2015) won the ATHE 2016 Outstanding Book Award, the Congress on Research in Dance’s Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize for Dance Research, the 2016 Biennial Sally Banes Publication Award from ASTR, and Honorable Mention for ASTR’s Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History.

Dr. Cindy Lutenbacher (PhD ’89) is Professor of English at Morehouse College.

Dr. Monica Maillet (PhD ‘99) is a Biomedical Ethicist.

Dr. Loren Mayor (PhD ’99) is the Senior Vice President of Strategy at NPR.

Dr. Lauren McConnell (PhD’04) is Associate Professor of Theatre Interpretation and Dance at Central Michigan University.

Dr. Michael McKinnie (PhD ’00) is Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University. He is the author of City Stages: Theatre and Urban Space in a Global City (University of Toronto Press 2007) and editor of Space and the Geographies of Theatre (Playwrights Canada Press 2007).

Dr. Christina S. McMahon (PhD ’08) is an Assistant Professor at University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Re-Casting Transnationalism through Performance: Theatre Festivals in Cape Verde, Mozambique, and Brazil (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Dr. Stefka Mihaylova (PhD ’02) is Assistant Professor of Drama at the University of Washington.

Dr. Sheila Moeschen (PhD ’05) is the Senior Editor for I AM THAT GIRL, an organization that empowers young women through positive media. She is the author of Acts of Conspicuous Compassion: Performance Culture and American Charity Practices (University of Michigan Press 2013).

Dr. Tobin Nellhaus (PhD ’87) is the Librarian for Performing Arts, Media, and Philosophy at Yale University. He is the co-editor, with Susan Haedicke, of Performing Democracy: International Perspectives on Urban Community-Based Performance (University of Michigan Press, 2001).

Dr. Jesse Njus (PhD ’10) is Visiting Assistant Professor of Drama at New York University.

Dr. Sam O’Connell (PhD ’10) is an Associate Professor in Theatre and Interdisciplinary Arts in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Worcester State University.

Dr. Judy Lee Oliva (PhD ‘88) is a playwright.  She is the author of David Hare: Theatricalizing Politics (Umi Research Press 1990) and New Theatre Vistas: Modern Movements in International Theatre (Routledge 1995).

Dr. Deborah Paredez (PhD ‘94) is Visiting Associate Professor in Writing
and Core Faculty in the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Raceat Columbia University. She is the author of the poetry collection This Side of Skin (Wings Press 2002) and the critical study Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (Duke 2009).

Dr. Anne Pulju (PhD ‘07) is Assistant Professor of English at Montgomery College.

Dr. Karima Robinson (PhD ’07) is Assistant Professor of Drama Studies at SUNY Purchase.

Dr. Rebecca Rossen (PhD ’06) is Associate Professor of Performance as Public Practice in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas, Austin, and the Division Head of Performance Studies and Pedagogy. She is the author of Dancing Jewish: Jewish Identity in American Modern and Postmodern Dance (Oxford University Press), winner of the 2015 Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize from the Congress on Research in Dance.

Dr. Emily E. Roxworthy (PhD ’04) is Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance and Provost of Earl Warren College at the University of California, San Diego, as well as Artistic Director of Workplace Interactive Theatre. She is the author of The Spectacle of Japanese American Trauma: Racial Performativity in World War II (University of Hawaii Press 2008). She is the co-director of the digital project Drama in the Delta, a 3D role-playing video game that reconstructs interracial and intercultural performances staged at two Japanese internment camps during WWII.

Dr. Emily Sahakian (PhD ’11) is Assistant Professor in Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Georgia, where she has a joint appointment with Romance Languages. She is the author of Staging Creolization: Women’s Theater and Performance from the French Caribbean (New World Studies Series, University of Virginia Press, forthcoming, spring 2017).

Dr. David A. Schlossman (PhD ’96) is the author of Actors and ActivistsPerformance, Politics, and Exchange Among Social Worlds (Routledge 2002).

Dr. Shelly Scott-Harmon (PhD ’06) is University Division Advisor at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Dr. Peter Senkbeil (PhD ’95) is Provost and Executive Vice President at Concordia University Irvine, where he is also a Professor of Theatre.  He previously served as Associate Provost at Concordia for ten years and ran the university's theatre department for fourteen years.  Recent acting credits include Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It at Looseleaf Theatre and The Hiding Place and Shadowlands at the American Coast Theatre Company, all in Orange County, California.

Dr. Rashida Z. Shaw (PhD ’11) is Assistant Professor of English at Wesleyan University. 

Dr. Jonathan Foley Sherman (PhD ’10) is Executive Assistant at Atomic Design, Inc. He is co-editor, with Maaike Bleeker and Eirini Nedelkopou, of Performance and Phenomenology: Traditions and Transformations (Routledge, forthcoming 2015).

Dr. Daniel T. Smith Jr. (PhD ’10) is Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at Michigan State University.

Dr. Mary Trotter (PhD ’96) is Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also Director of UW-Madison’s Celtic Studies Program. She is the author of Ireland’s National Theaters: Political Performance and the Origins of the Irish Dramatic Movement (Syracuse University Press 2001) and Modern Irish Theatre (Cultural History of Literature Series, Polity Press 2008). 

Dr. Ann Folino White (PhD ’07) is Associate Professor of Theatre Studies and Directing, Associate Chair, and Head of Theatre Studies at Michigan State University. She is contributing co-editor of the essay anthology, Food & Theatre on the World Stage (Routledge, 2015). Her book Plowed Under: Food Policy Protests and Performance in New Deal America (Indiana University Press, 2015) was awarded the 2015 Working Class Studies Association CLR James Book Award.

Dr. Melinda Wilson Ramey (PhD ’05) is Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department at California State University, Sacramento.

Dr. Praise Zenenga (PhD ’05) is Associate Professor in the Africana Studies Program and the Director of the Africana Studies Program at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Katherine Zien (PhD ’12) is Assistant Professor at McGill University (English Department). Her book, Sovereign Acts: Performing Race, Space, and Belonging in Panama and the Canal Zone, is forthcoming from Rutgers University Press (Fall 2017). 

Last updated December 2016
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