Member News — Spring 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017
Posted by: Noe Symonanis
Laura MacDonald and William A. Evertt's edited collection, The Palgrave Handbook of Musical Theatre Producers, was published by Palgrave in April. MacDonald has also published her article, "The Sound of Musicals in China: Japan and Korea have embraced and nurtured Western-style musicals. Can China be far behind?" in American Theatre's special China issue.
Erika T. Lin (Associate Professor, Ph.D. Program in Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY) was recently elected to the Board of Trustees for the Shakespeare Association of America and will serve as the Chair of the Program Committee for their 2019 conference. She welcomes suggestions from ASTR members for building bridges between the two organizations.
C. David Frankel directed The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno and Grounded by George Brant for the Tampa Repertory Theatre. He is about to start rehearsals for the final show of the season, The Other Place by Sharr White. This summer he will direct the Excellence in Playwriting Award-winning play, The Censor, by David L. Williams, at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Annual Conference. He also serves as assistant director of theatre at the University of South Florida.
Lisa A. Freeman's (Professor and Head of English, U. of Illinois at Chicago) new book, Antitheatricality and the Body Public was just published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. The work investigates the publics that are called into being, cultivated, and set in competition with one another as an integral part of antitheatrical controversies beginning with William Prynne's Star Chamber Trial in 1634 and ending with the Supreme Court decision in NEA v. Finley in 1998.
Jill Stevenson was recently promoted to full Professor at Marymount Manhattan College. She has also spent this past year co-chairing MMC's Institutional Strategic Planning process. She had two articles published recently: "Playing with Time's End: Cultivating Sincere Contrition in Medieval Last Judgment Performances, in The Routledge Companion to Early Drama and Performance, edited by Pamela King, and Passion Playing: An Interview with Sarah Ruhl on the Shaping Influence of Oberammergau, in The Oberammergau Passion Play: Essays on the 2010 Performance and the Centuries-Long Tradition, edited by Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. This second volume was dedicated to Professor Claire Sponsler.
Kimberly Jannarone won a National Humanities Center Fellowship in 2017-18 to complete her book, Mass Performance. In 2016, she directed and produced a multi-space, devised production of The Odyssey, and she gave a Leonardo Arts and Science Evening Rendezvous talk on the production. Her chapter "From Edge to Center and Back Again: Firmin Gémier and the Invention of People's Theater in France" appeared in Preservation, Radicalism, and the Avant-Garde Canon. She contributed to the Imaginary Theaters project. Her co-translation of Marion Aubert's Debâcles premiered at the Yale Cabaret (2017). She co-curated Yale's Hot Topics Lecture Series (2016). She gave talks at Yale, Tulane, UCSC, ASTR, PSi, and CDC.
Andrew Walker White, currently serving as Humanities faculty at Stratford University, will be lecturing selected senior faculty on traditional theatre and Christian ritual at Uppsala University, and will participate in a workshop there on "Religious Poetry and Performance in Byzantium." He adapted and assisted Dr. Walter Puchner on his forthcoming book from Cambridge University Press, Greek Theatre between Antiquity and Independence. White's second book with Cambrige, From the Age of Theatre to the Age of Rhetoric, is currently in proposal phase. White continues to serve as theatre critic for Broadway World, Maryland Theatre Guide, and DC Metro Theatre Arts.
Dorothy Chansky was promoted to the rank of Professor at Texas Tech University, effective Fall, 2017. In July, 2017, she will become President of the American Theatre and Drama Society. Dorothy's 2015 book Kitchen Sink Realisms: Domestic Labor, Dining, and Drama in American Theatre (University of Iowa Press), won a 2017 President's Book Award at Texas Tech.
Elizabeth Son, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University, was awarded the Florence Howe Award for Feminist Scholarship by the Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages (WCML). WCML is an allied organization of the Modern Language Association. Each year, the Florence Howe Award recognizes two outstanding essays by a feminist scholar, one from the field of English and one from the field of foreign languages. Son received the award (in the field of foreign languages) for her article: "Korean Trojan Women: Performing Wartime Sexual Violence, in the Fall 2016 issue of Asian Theatre Journal.
Laurence Senelick (Tufts University) has been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. He has just published translations of Sophocles' Oedipus the KingandFrom Marriage to Divorce, five one-act plays of Georges Feydeau (Broadway Play Publishers). This Fall will see the publication of Jacques Offenbach and the Making of Modern Culture (Cambridge University Press). He recently lectured at the Boston Athenaeum, Boston University and Stanford University, and will present papers at the ALA Conference in Boston and the ASTR meeting in Atlanta.
Daniel Sack (Assistant Professor in English and Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst) published the edited collection Imagined Theatres: Writing for a Theoretical Stage with Routledge in April 2017. The volume collects hypothetical performances written by close to 100 theorists and artists of the stage. Sack is also the founding editor of an accompanying web journal that will feature themed issues and user-submitted, peer-reviewed content. A first issue is forthcoming later this summer.