Presentations

Conference Papers Presented

“Historical Appropriations: Reclaiming Cherokee Identity through Performance.” To be presented at the conference of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Las Vegas, Nevada. August 3-6, 2017.

“Citizen in the Negative”: Performing and Vilifying History in Japanese-American Internment Camps. To be presented at the Comparative Drama Conference, Orlando, Florida. April 6-9, 2017.

“Performing Revolution: The Problem of Reenacting the Boston Tea Party.” Mid-America Theatre Conference, Houston, Texas. March 16-19, 2017.

“Enemy Non-Alien: Performing the Histories of Japanese-American Internment Camps.” American Society for Theatre Research, Minneapolis, Minnesota. November 3-6, 2016.

“Activist, Feminist, First Lady: Remembering Eleanor Roosevelt in Performance.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois. August 11-14, 2016.

“Patriotism and Performance in Revolutionary Boston: (Re)Constructing Memory Over Time.” American Society for Theatre Research, Portland, Oregon. November 5-8, 2015.

“‘4000 Silent Graves’: Reenacting Cherokee History and Memory in the Smokey Mountains.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Montreal, Quebec. July 30-August 2, 2015.

Unto These Hills: Cherokee History and the Performance of Memory.” Mid-America Theatre Conference, Kansas City, Missouri. March 19-22, 2015.

“May Day in Mosinee: Pageants and Perception During the Cold War.” American Society for Theatre Research, Baltimore, Maryland. November 20-23, 2014.

“Memory Remade: The Legacies of The Clansman and Birth of a Nation in Popular Culture.” International Federation of Theatre Research/La fédération internationale pour la recherche de theater, Popular Entertainments Working Group, Warwick, England. July 28-August 1, 2014.

“Dynamo: Hallie Flanagan and the Vassar Experimental Theatre.” Mid-America Theatre Conference, Cleveland, Ohio. March 6-9, 2014.

“Invisible Empire: Myth, Memory, and History Play in The Clansman and Birth of a Nation.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Orlando, Florida. August 1-4, 2013.

“Playing with Writing/Writing with Play: Writing in Introduction to Theatre for Non-Majors.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Orlando, Florida. August 1-4, 2013.

“Then Is Now: Clansman, Birth of a Nation and History in the Making.” Performance Studies International, History and Historiography Working Group, Palo Alto, California. June 26-30, 2013.

“Performing Time: Myth, Memory, and History at the FDR Memorial.” Mid-America Theatre Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. March 7-10, 2013.

“Imagined Democracy: The Federal Theatre Project Performs (Native) America.” American Society for Theatre Research, Nashville, Tennessee. November 1-4, 2012.

“Dissent or Dissension: Phantom Faces, FDR, and the Federal Theatre Project.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Washington, D.C. August 2-5, 2012.

“Eyes Only: Public (Mis)Perceptions of the Federal Theatre Project.” Mid-America Theatre Conference, Chicago, Illinois. March 1-4, 2012.

“A ‘People’s Theatre’: Vaudeville and the Federal Theatre Project.” American Society for Theatre Research, Montreal, Canada. November 17-20, 2011.

“Strong Men, Log Bucking, and a Hillbilly Hoedown: Shaping the Federal Theatre Project One Company at a Time.” Mid-America Theatre Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota. March 3-6, 2011.

“Hybridity, High-Tech, and the Human Interface: Designing Introduction to Theatre for the 20th Century.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Los Angeles, California. August 3-6, 2010.

“Storytelling, Chiggers, and the Bible Belt: The ‘Georgia Experiment’ as the Public Face of the Federal Theatre Project.” Mid-America Theatre Conference, Cleveland, Ohio. March 4-7, 2010.

“Democracy Challenged: The Invisibility of Race in the Federal Theatre Project’s Created Equal.” American Society for Theatre Research, San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 12-15, 2009.

“‘The People Rises; the Storm Breaks Loose:’ Violence, Truth and Fiction in the Federal Theatre Project’s Professor Mamlock.” International Conference on American Theatre and Drama, Cádiz, Spain. May 26-29, 2009.

“Legal Lunacy and Cultural Critiques: The Federal Theatre Project’s There’s a Law Against It.” Mid-America Theatre Conference, Chicago, Illinois. March 5-8, 2009.

“Rerating the Underrated: The Beating Heart of the Federal Theatre Project.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Denver, Colorado. July 31-August 3, 2008.

“Disappearing Frontiers and the National Stage: Placing the Portland Federal Theatre Project.” Mid-America Theatre Conference, Kansas City, Missouri. February 28-March 2, 2008.

“Math, Science…and Theatre? Chaos Rules in Arcadia.” Film and Literature Conference, Tallahassee, Florida. January 31-February 3, 2008.

“The Federal Theatre Project’s Spirochete: National Whispers in the Windy City.” American Society for Theatre Research, Phoenix, Arizona. November 15-18, 2007.

“A Nation in Need: Pioneering Disaster Relief in the Federal Theatre Project.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, New Orleans, Louisiana. July 26-29, 2007.

“The Pitfalls of Progress: Introduction to Theatre Steps into the Twenty-first Century.” Mid-America Theatre Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota. March 1-4, 2007.

“Political Magic Acts Breed Mediocrity: The Federal Theatre Project’s Popular Entertainment in the Windy City.” Theatre Symposium, Decatur, Georgia. March 31-April 2, 2006.

“Demythologizing American Ideology: Collisions of Past and Present in Boston’s Federal Theatre Project.” International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii. January 11-14, 2006.

“Developing the Citizen as Artist in the Rural South: Adaptation and Transformation in the Federal Theatre Project.” International Federation for Theatre Research/La fédération internationale pour la recherche de théâtre, College Park, Maryland. June 26-July 1, 2005.

“‘Pray for him…’: Communities, Characters, and Chaos in A View from the Bridge.” American Literature Association, Arthur Miller Society, Boston, Massachusetts. May 26-29, 2005.

“Pickpockets, Stripteases, and Magical Democrats: The Federal Theatre Project Teases Tradition in Chicago.” American Comparative Literature Association, State College, Pennsylvania. March 11-13, 2005.

“Yankee Consternation in the Deep South: Worshipping at the Altars of Steel.” Theatre Symposium, Memphis, Tennessee. April 2-4, 2004.

 

Discussant

“Balancing the Catapult: Parenting in Academic (Roundtable Session).” Invited. Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois. August 11-14, 2016.

“Teaching Diversity: Creating Difficult Dialogues (Roundtable Session).” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois. August 11-14, 2016.

“Dream Lessons: What I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then (Roundtable Session).” Invited. Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Scottsdale, Arizona. July 24-27, 2014.

Staging the People: Community and Identity in the Federal Theatre Project (Roundtable Session). Invited. Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Washington, D.C. August 2-5, 2012.

“Ride the Wave, or the Wave Rides You: Integrating Assessment into the Theatre Curriculum (Roundtable Session). Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois. August 11-14, 2011.

“Dance Dramaturgy/Theatre Dramaturgy: A Dialogue to Explore Distinctions and Possibilities.” American Society for Theatre Research, Seattle, Washington. November 18-21, 2010.

“Risking Innovation in the Name of Lively Talkbacks” (Roundtable Session). Association for Theatre in Higher Education, New York, New York. August 8-11, 2009.

 

Campus Talks

“Performance as Social Practice” Roundtable Moderator, A Spring Awakening(s) Symposium…Art as Action: Performance and Critical Thinking, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 2013.

Reading of Staging the People: Community and Identity in the Federal Theatre Project. Florida State University Author’s Day, Tallahassee, Florida. March 23, 2012.

Consultation with Jack Ferver, visiting dancer and choreographer, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), Tallahassee, Florida, 2012.

“Copyright and Intellectual Property” Roundtable Moderator, Program for Instructional Excellence/Center for Teaching and Learning Workshop, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 2010.

“‘Let the Sun Shine In’: Hair in American Musical Theatre History.” Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical Symposium. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. February 14, 2009.

“Assessing the Unassessable” Roundtable Moderator, Program for Instructional Excellence/Center for Teaching and Learning Workshop, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 2008.