I have a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from Brandeis University and a B.A. in Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. My research interests focus on US theatre history and historiography, particularly the Federal Theatre Project, the relationship betwen theatre and its surrounding community, theatre and labor, and the intersections of theatre, math and science. I will continue to explore the connections between performance, myth, memory and identity in my next book project.
I have presented my research at more than 40 regional, national, and international conferences over the past twelve years, received the Robert A. Schanke Research Award (2010) and the Outstanding Educator Award (College of Fine Arts, Florida State University, 2016), and been published in the Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre Symposium, Theatre Journal and Theatre History Studies, as well as various essay collections. I also wrote Staging the People: Community and Identity in the Federal Theatre Project (Palgrave, 2011) and co-edited Working in the Wings: New Perspectives on Theatre History and Labor (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015), and am co-editing the second edition of Explore Theatre, an online introductory textbook (Pearson, 2018).
I am currently the President-Elect for the Mid-America Theatre Conference (2017, 2018), in the midst of my second term on the executive board for the American Theatre & Drama Society, and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of American Drama and Theatre.
My work on dramaturgy and outreach extends to a number of professional and university productions, including the Chicago premiere of The Cripple of Inishmaan (Northlight Theatre), Master Class (Northlight Theatre), and the University of Maryland productions of Romeo and Juliet and Assassins.
I pioneered a hybrid version of Introduction to Theatre for Non-Majors at FSU and have re-created the course in a fully online format (winner of the 2016 Excellence in Online Course Design & Excellence in Online Teaching Awards, with distinction). I also teach graduate and undergraduate courses in Dramaturgy, US Theatre History and Historiography, Contemporary US Theatre, Popular Entertainments, and Women in US Theatre.
For more on my scholarship, teaching, service to the university and the profession, and creative work, please explore the different sections of my website or download my C.V.