|ASTR Announces 2012 Election Results|
ASTR President, Rhonda Blair, recently announced the results of the recent American Society for Theatre Research election via e-mail and list serv posting. A record number of ASTR members participated in the election. 329 out of 670 voters cast their ballots - a participation rate of 49.1%.
Blair acknowledged the nominating committee and all the candidates who agreed to stand: "My deep appreciation to all the fine ASTR members who agreed to stand for election, and my great thanks to John Lutterbie and the Nominations Committee for their dedication in securing people to run for these important governance positions. We have a strong leadership cohort to take ASTR into the coming years."
President (three-year term, 2012-2015)
Heather Nathans is a Professor of Theatre at the University of Maryland and the editor of the University of Iowa Press’s series, Studies in Theatre History and Culture. Her publications include: Early American Theatre from the Revolution to Thomas Jefferson (CUP, 2003); Slavery and Sentiment on the American Stage, 1787-1861 (CUP, 2009; finalist for the 2010 Freedley Award); Shakespearean Educations: Power, Citizenship, and Performance, co-editor (University of Delaware Press, 2011); and Hideous Characters and Beautiful Pagans: Performing Jewish Identity on the Antebellum American Stage (under contract to the University of Michigan Press). Nathans has held over twenty-five research fellowships including ones from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and ASTR. For ASTR, she has served as the coordinator of the annual Career Sessions, chair of the Nominating Committee, Archivist, chair of the ad hoc New Paradigms in Graduate Education Committee, and member of the ASTR Executive Committee. She is the immediate past-president of the American Theatre and Drama Society.
Vice-President (three-year term, 2012-2015)
Patrick Anderson is Associate Professor in the Departments of Communication and Ethnic Studies, and Director of the Critical Gender Studies Program, at UC San Diego. He is the author of So Much Wasted: Hunger, Performance, and the Morbidity of Resistance and the co-editor (with Jisha Menon) of Violence Performed: Local Roots and Global Routes of Conflict. He has served for ASTR on the fundraising committee (since 2009), as the editor of the Critical Stages column in Theatre Survey, and as the conference co-organizer for Nashville 2012; and he served on the Board of Directors for Performance Studies International from 2002 until 2009.
For the Executive Committee (three-year term, 2012-2015):
Robin Bernstein is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. She is the author of Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights (NYU Press, 2011) and many articles including “Dances with Things: Material Culture and the Performance of Race,” which was published in Social Text in 2009 and which won awards from ATHE and the American Theatre and Drama Society. She is also editor of the anthology Cast Out: Queer Lives in Theater (University of Michigan Press, 2006). A past winner of both the Thomas F. Marshall and David Keller Travel Grants, she subsequently served ASTR on the committees for those awards. Bernstein has been a member of ASTR for well over a decade, and she would be honored to serve on the Executive Committee.
Jill Stevenson is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College. She is the author of Performance, Cognitive Theory, and Devotional Culture: Sensual Piety in Late Medieval York (Palgrave, 2010) and co-editor of Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture (Boydell and Brewer, 2012). She has published articles in TDR, Theatre Topics, and Material Religion. Her book, The Performative Culture of Evangelical Devotion: Affect, Cognition, and Evangelical Dramaturgy, will be published by University of Michigan Press in 2013. For ASTR’s 2010 and 2011 conferences she co-organized working sessions that explored the female performing body as a “contaminating” force. Jill is the Focus Group Representative for ATHE’s Religion and Theatre Focus Group, and served on ATHE’s 2011 and 2012 Conference Planning Committees. She is currently Chair of the Editorial Board for the peer-reviewed journal, Research On Medieval and Renaissance Drama. Jill is especially committed to supporting interdisciplinary work on pre-modern performance.
Shane Vogel is Associate Professor of English at Indiana University, where he teaches American drama, theatre studies, and African American performance history. He is the author of The Scene of Harlem Cabaret: Race, Sexuality, Performance (University of Chicago Press, 2009), which received Honorable Mention for the 2010 Errol Hill Award. He has published articles in Theatre Journal, Women & Performance, Criticism, Camera Obscura, and GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, among others. In 2009 he received the Outstanding Essay Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and Honorable Mention for the Gerald Kahan Scholar's Prize. For ASTR he has served on the Domestic Exchange Committee and currently serves on the Research, Targeted Research, and Brooks McNamara Subvention Committees. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the Bloomington Playwrights Project, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to producing new original theatre.
E.J. Westlake is the author of Our Land is Made of Courage and Glory: Nationalist Performance in Nicaragua and Guatemala and co-editor of Political Performances: Theory and Practice. She is working on a book-length study and new translation of El Güegüence, the national dance drama of Nicaragua. Westlake's articles have appeared in Latin American Theatre Review, Theatre InSight. TDR, and Youth Theatre Journal. Chapters have appeared in Casting Gender, Theatre Historiography: Critical Questions, and Performing Democracy. She serves on the editorial board of Youth Theatre Journal and is the book review editor for Theatre Annual. An associate professor of theatre studies at the University of Michigan, she is currently in Romania on a Fulbright. E.J. has served on several award committees and has organized two seminars for ASTR. She joined ASTR in 1998.
For At-Large Member of the Committee on Conferences (two-year term, 2012-2014):
D.J. Hopkins is an Associate Professor and the Director of the MA Program in Theatre Arts at San Diego State University. His books include City / Stage / Globe: Performance and Space in Shakespeare’s London (Routledge, 2008), Performance and the City (Palgrave, 2009), and the forthcoming Performance and the Global City (Palgrave, 2012). His publications have appeared in Modern Drama, TheatreForum, Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, and collections including Shakespeare After Mass Media, Reimagining Shakespeare and the Critical Future, and Rematerializing Shakespeare. Hopkins holds a PhD in Theatre and an MFA in Dramaturgy, both from UC San Diego. Hopkins received the 2011 Elliott Hayes Award for achievement in dramaturgy. He is the co-editor for Theatre Topics.
Graduate Student Representative to the Executive Committee (one-year term, 2012-2013):
Kellyn Johnson is a Doctoral Candidate in Theater, with a Feminist Studies emphasis, at UC Santa Barbara. She received her MA from King’s College London/Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2009. For ASTR she assisted the 2010 GSC silent auction and worked conference registration in 2011. Johnson currently serves as a VP of the GSC and Graduate Student Representative to her faculty. She has presented her work at ASTR, ATHE, NWSA, PCA, Comparative Drama, and Eugene O’Neill Society conferences with publications in Jura Gentium Cinema and the World History Encyclopedia. Her dissertation examines the politics of rehearsal, particularly in relation to feminist directing strategies and activist protest. Supporting her research with praxis, she directs projects ranging from Hansberry’s Toussaint to UCSB’s first student docudrama and a program pairing UCSB students with at-risk teens to create and stage original work
Executive Committee Member for the Committee on Conferences (two-year term 2012-2014)
Suk-Young Kim is Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is the author of Illusive Utopia: Theater, Film, and Everyday Performance in North Korea (University of Michigan Press, 2010), which explores how the state produced propaganda performances intersect with everyday life practice in North Korea. She is also a co-author (with Kim Yong) of Long Road Home: A Testimony of a North Korean Camp Survivor (Columbia University Press, 2009). Her current book projects include DMZ Crossing: Performing Emotional Citizenship Along the Korean Border and Performing Folklore: Syncretism in Nikolai Gogol’s Ukrainian Stories.