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    PhD Theatre History, Theory & Criticism, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    Dissertation: Producing Absence: Theatrical Representations of Domestic Space

    Committee: Herbert Blau; Sarah Bryant-Bertail; Nancy Hartsock; Barry B. Witham


    MFA Playwriting, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


    BA Theatre Arts, Drew University, Madison, NJ

    Academic Appointments

    Associate Professor, School of Theatre

    The Pennsylvania State University

    2017 – present


    Assistant Professor of Dramaturgy, Theatre Department

    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    2011 – 2017


    Theatre & Performance Production Faculty

    Cornish College of the Arts

    2007 – 2011

    Courses Taught

    Studio Courses

    Playwriting / Interdisciplinary Art - New Performance Workshop / Theatre Collaboration


    Theatre Studies Courses

    Dramaturgy / Critical Performance Theory / Play Analysis / Research Methods / Introduction to Theatre / Ancient - 17th Century Theatre History / 17th – 20th Century Theatre History / Contemporary Theatre History / Women in Performance / Post-colonial Theory & Performance

    New Works Dramaturgy

    In process:



    open source performance-devising project and online portal for stories of gun violence and activism

    Project Leaders, Barbara Pitts McAdams and Jimmy Maize, co-authors of Moment Work: Tectonic Theater Project's Process of Devising Theater


    TOMORROW WILL BE SUNDAY, a play and interactive map by Heather Raffo




    INSIDE ASHLAND, OR TROUBLEMAKER, a new play about the life of civil rights organizer, Bayard Rustin

    People's Light & Theatre, Malvern, PA

    Written and Directed by Steve Broadnax

    Co-dramaturg, Leslie Gray



    Children's Theatre of Charlotte & Actors Theatre of Charlotte

    Playwright: Steven Dietz

    Co-Investigator: Dr. Beth Murray


    WIN. PLACE. SHOW. AGA Collaborative Davidson College 2016

    Choreographers: Gretchen Alterowitz, Alison Bory, Amanda Hamp


    PLACED AGA Collaborative UNC Charlotte 2015

    Choreographers: Gretchen Alterowitz, Alison Bory, Amanda Hamp


    GEOMANCY Elisabeth Lewis Corley and Elizabeth Gray, poets. The Process Series UNC Chapel Hill 2015

    Directed by Joseph Megel. Choreography by AGA Collaborative. An interdisciplinary performance with poetry, dance, and visual design.


    IMPERIAL GESTURE Martha Graham Dance Company 2013

    Choreographer, Kim Jones after Martha Graham (1935); Performed by Blakeley White-McGuire; Original Music by Pat Daughtery after Lehmann Engel (1935); Costume Design, Karen Young; Lighting Design, Judith Daitsman


    NEW WORKS FESTIVAL UNC Charlotte Department of Theatre & Children’s Theatre of Charlotte 2013

    Director Adam Burke


    AND HOW TO BE IN TWO PLACES AT ONCE AGA Collaborative 2013

    Gretchen Alterowitz, Alison Bory, Amanda Hamp. The Dance Complex, Boston (2015); Colby College (2014) UNC Charlotte, (2013)


    MAMA GOOSE, UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte Mecklenburg County Libraries 2013

    A new bilingual Spanish/English musical play for children by Beth Murray and Irania Patterson


    Domestic Space in American Drama 1990-2020. In progress.


    Co-Editor with Elisha Clark Halpin. Teaching Performance Practices in Remote and Hybrid Spaces. Under contract with Routledge.


    Editor, Teaching Critical Performance Theory in Today's Theatre Classroom, Studio, and Communities. Routledge, 2020.

    Contributing Authors: Angela K. Ahlgren; Andrew Belser; Michael Chemers, Maria Enriquez; La Donna L. Forsgren; Kikora Franklin; Jeanmarie Higgins; Stephanie Hodde; Les Hunter; Mimi Kammer; Beth Murray; Jean O'Hara; Jennifer Ewing-Pierce; Jen Plants; Susan B. Russell; Mike Sell, Emma Watkins; Stacy Wolf; Isaiah Matthew Wooden; Samuel Yates


    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

    Journal Issues
    Performing Ethos. Special Issue: "Ethical Dramaturgies." 2020.
    Etudes. with Michael Schweikardt. Special Issue: "Domestic Space On and Off Stage." 2020.

    Performance Reviews

    Book Reviews

    Other Publications

    Funding and Awards

    • Curriculum lead. Mellon Arts on Campus grant. Pennsylvania State University. 2010-2022.
    • The Mellon School, “Locations of Theater” Conveners: Martin Puchner, Andrew Sofer, and Derek Miller. Harvard University. Summer 2014.
    • Faculty Research Grant, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Toward research related to book in progress, Dwelling in Public: Domestic Space in Contemporary Theatre, Dance, and Performance Art. 2014-2015.
    • American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Collaborative Research Award. Jeanmarie Higgins and Lisa Jackson-Schebetta (University of Pittsburgh). toward Embodied Research / Researching Embodiment in collaboration with the Department of Theatre Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. 2013.
    • UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grant. Dance Dramaturgy. toward research in dance dramaturgy as a collaborative, artistic practice. 2012-2014
    • UNC Charlotte Diversity Grant. with Robin Witt. Sacrificial Poetsto support Chapel Hill performance poets Kane Smego and Will McInerney’s spoken word poetry master class for Theatre Collaboration students. 2013
    • UNC Charlotte Diversity Grant. with Beth Murray. Dramaturgy Outreach, to support master classes in African-American performance history, delivered to Arts & Society: Theatre students, in support of the theatre department production of George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum. 2012

    Interviews, Talks, Master Classes

    • "Space-making in Dance: the Nelken-Line Project." Arts & Design Research Incubator, Penn State, University Park, PA, with Michele Dunleavy and Anthony B. Buccitelli, 2018.
    • "Domestic Stage Space in Hamletmachine." The University of Wisconsin, Madison. 2017.
    • "AGA Collaborative: Walking in the Academy" for UNC Charlotte, 2017.
    • Master Class (via Skype). “Dance Reconstruction Dramaturgy” for Dr. Ariel Nereson's Advanced Dramaturgy Seminar. SUNY-College at Buffalo Department of Theatre and Dance. 2015.
    • Barbara Morgan's Photographs of Martha Graham." Lecture dance with Kim Jones for "ArtFusion: Modernism" public lecture at the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.  2014.
    • “Dance Reconstruction: a Dramaturgy of the Body.” Lecture dance with Kim Jones. Public Praxis: Performing, Race, History. University of Pittsburgh Humanities Institute. 2014.
    • Master Class (via Skype). “Dance Reconstruction Dramaturgy” for Dr. Lisa Jackson-Schebetta’s graduate seminar, “Race and Embodiment in 20th Century Performance in the Americas.” University of Pittsburgh Department of Theatre Studies. 2013.
    • Gia Kourlas, “Recreating the Reign: the Better to Fall.” New York Times 15 Feb 13.
    • Invited Talk. Preshow Panel: “Reconstructing Martha Graham’s Imperial Gesture.” January 18, 2013. Martha Graham Dance Company, Knight Theatre, Charlotte, NC.
    • Radio interview. “Martha Graham Dance Company Comes to Charlotte.” January 14, 2013. Charlotte Talks, Interview with Mike Collins, NPR station WFAE 90.7, Charlotte, NC.
    • Master Class. “Dramaturgies of (Post)Modernisms: from Literature to Performance,” University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Communication Studies. 2012.

    University Dramaturgy


    She Kills Monsters by Qui Nyugen, directors Erik Johnson & Sebastian Trainor, 2019 Centre Stage production



    Boys Rule by Hannah Ponturo, 2017 New Works Festival



    (Director) Gone Silent by Jennifer Maisel for After Orlando

    Hamletmachine by Heiner Muller, director Robin Witt

    Project/Hope (devised performance), director Robin Witt



    New Works Festival 2011, director Rhonda Soikowski

    New Work Festival 2010, director Richard E. T. White

    New Works Festival 2009, director Bret Fetzer

    The Good Person of Sichuan, 2009, director Megan Sandberg-Zakian



    The Bacchae by Euripides, director Andrew Tsao


    Symposia and Audience Talkbacks (selected)

    • 2018 "Design Inspiration: Inspiring Design," a live/Smartphone talkback with designers Tom Burch, Hali Hutchinson, and David Fillmore for The Children's Hour, UNC Charlotte. Director, Robin Witt. Hosted by dramaturgy student Teara Tackett. Designed by dramaturgy student Addie Moore.
    • 2016 “Volkskörper: the Body of the People” for Hamletmachine, UNC Charlotte. Director Robin Witt. Guest scholar: Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies, Dr. Caroline Weist, Davidson College.
    • 2014 “Writing Lives” for 4.48 Psychosis, UNC Charlotte. Director Robin Witt. An audience discussion with special guest, Ryan Claycomb, author of Lives in Play: Autobiography and Biography on the Feminist Stage.
    • 2013 “Es Nuestro/It’s Ours: Engaging Diverse Child Audiences” with authors: Alma Flor Ada; Isabel Campoy; Assistant Professor of Theatre Education, Beth Murray; Irania Patterson; Professor Andrew Hartley; Associate Professor of English, Paula Connelly.
    • 2012 “Where is Russia in Anton Chekhov’s Seagull?” for Seagull, UNC Charlotte, Director, Robin Witt. Special guest: Associate Professor of History, Dr. Dave Pretty, History Department, Winthrop University.
    • 2012 “Surviving Trauma,” for Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive, UNC Charlotte. Director Lon Bumgarner, with UNC Charlotte Creative Writing faculty: Christopher Davis, poet; Aimee Parkison, fiction writer.
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