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The American Society for Theatre Research is pleased to introduce the following slate of nominees who will stand for election to positions beginning in November 2016.

Submit your ballot here by May 31, 2016.


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Vice President for Publications
Executive Committee
Member-at-Large of Committee on Conferences
Executive Committee Representative to Committee on Conferences
Graduate Student Caucus Representative to the Executive Committee


Vice President for Publications
Two Candidates for One Position

Esther Kim Lee

Associate Professor and Associate Director in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
University of Maryland, College Park.
eklee@umd.edu
http://tdps.umd.edu/faculty/esther-kim-lee

Biography

From 2000 to 2012, she taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Theatre and the Department of Asian American Studies. She specializes in Asian American theatre, Asian diaspora theatre, and globalization and theatre. She is the author of A History of Asian American Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 2006), which received the 2007 Award for Outstanding Book given by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the editor of Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas (Duke University Press, 2012). Most recently, she authored The Theatre of David Henry Hwang (Methuen, 2015). From 2004-2007, she served on ASTR’s Executive Committee, and she was the Associate Editor (2011-2012) and Chief Editor (2013-2014) of Theatre Survey, ASTR’s flagship journal.

Statement of Service

I have been a member of ASTR since 1995. I have served on the Executive Committee and actively participated in numerous seminars, working groups, and plenary sessions. During my term as the Chief Editor of Theatre Survey, the journal made a successful transition from publishing two issues to three issues per year. I worked with the Publication Committee and the Editorial Board to increase the profile of the journal internationally. I am committed to supporting a diverse array of scholarly publications of ASTR members, and I would welcome the opportunity to serve as an advocate of the Society’s publications.


Catherine Schuler

Associate Professor Department of Women’s Studies
University of Maryland, College Park
cschuler@umd.edu
http://wmst.umd.edu/people/core-faculty/catherine-a-schuler

Biography

Catherine Schuler co-edited Feminist Theatre and Aesthetics, authored Women in Russian Theatre: the Actress in the Silver Age (Hewitt Prize, 1997) as well as Theatre and Identity in Imperial Russia. She has published in TDR, Theatre Survey, Theatre Topics, Theatre History Studies, and Theatre Journal. Her most recent work on Pussy Riot and Vladimir Putin’s performance of spectacular masculinity appeared in TDR and she has co-edited (with Laurie Frederik Meer and Kim Marra) Showing (forthcoming University of Michigan Press). Dr. Schuler served as co-editor (2007-2009) of and editor of Theatre Journal (2009-2011)

Statement of Service

Dr. Schuler, an ASTR member since 1995, chaired the local arrangements committee for the 1998 convention and edited the ASTR Newsletter before joining the ASTR Executive Committee in 1999. She served as the archivist for the ASTR archives from 2002-2004. She also served on the program committee in 2001 and chaired it in 2003. As chair, she introduced the first working groups to the annual convention. After serving for two years on the Hewitt committee, she chaired it in 2012. She has participated in “publish or perish” career sessions and just finished a three-year term on the ASTR Publications Committee.

Executive Committee
Six Candidates for Three Positions

Chase Bringardner

Associate Professor of Theatre
Auburn University
cab0023@auburn.edu
http://www.cla.auburn.edu/theatre/people/chase-bringardner/

Biography

Chase Bringardner received his PhD and MA degrees in Theatre History and Criticism with an emphasis in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin. He has published in Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, Studies in Musical Theatre, Theatre Symposium, and Performing Arts Resources and has a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical. His research uses Modernity as a guiding historical, social, and cultural context to examine how popular entertainment traditions stage regional identities and their intersections with race, class, and gender. His current research projects include a manuscript on regional identity in musical theatre as evidenced through the “Southern” Musical as well as a socio-cultural performance history of the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, he frequently directs and has recently served as book review editor for Theatre Topics.

Statement of Service

ASTR was the first conference I attended as a master’s student and I have always considered it an academic home. In addition to presenting papers and convening working sessions, I have served ASTR through participation on and chairing of awards committees as well as ad hoc committees on membership. I offer ASTR a great deal of executive experience having served as both VP of Conference and VP of Membership and Marketing for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education. I am deeply invested in representing all the membership in an open and transparent manner through the encouragement and fostering of dialogue.


James Harding

University of Maryland, College Park
jharding@umd.edu
http://tdps.umd.edu/faculty/james-harding

Biography

Statement of Service


Doug Jones

Assistant Professor of English
Rutgers University
daj101@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
http://english.rutgers.edu/department/faculty/2409-jones-douglas-a638.html

Biography

Douglas Jones is the author of The Captive Stage: Performance and the Proslavery Imagination of the Antebellum North (Michigan 2014) and co-editor (with Harry J. Elam, Jr.) of The Methuen Drama Book of Post-Black Plays (Bloomsbury 2013). His articles and essays have appeared in TDR: The Drama Review, Early American Literature, ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre Topics, and Theatre Survey (forthcoming); he has also published in a wide range of edited volumes, including the award-winning Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre (Cambridge 2013). An active member of ASTR for the past decade, Douglas has contributed to the organization in a number of capacities, from leading brown bag career sessions and delivering a plenary presentation, to serving on the Errol Hill Award committee and co-convening the inaugural José Esteban Muñoz Targeted Research Working Session.

Statement of Service

As a member of the Executive Committee, I will work to maintain ASTR's commitment to scholarly, pedagogical, and mentoring excellence. This means I will support those foundational practices that have made ASTR an indispensable hub for so many theatre and performance scholars; it also means I will promote officers' and members' efforts to broaden the cultural, intellectual, and sociopolitical horizons of the organization. I would also like to use my tenure on the Executive Committee to explore working with other professional organizations with the aim of creating new cross-disciplinary opportunities and networking activities.


Rose Malague

Director of Theatre Arts Program
University of Pennsylvania
rmalague@sas.upenn.edu
http://theatre.sas.upenn.edu/people/rosemary-malague

Biography

Rosemary Malague is the author of An Actress Prepares: Women and "the Method" (Routledge 2012), the first book to conduct a feminist examination of American, Stanislavsky-based actor training traditions. Her research focuses on American theatre, feminist performance, and realist acting techniques, and her work has recently been published in the Routledge Companion to Stanislavsky, Shakespeare Bulletin, Theatre Annual, and the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Current works-in-process include: “Regrouping: A Feminist Portrait of Stella Adler” and “Attention Must be Paid: Staging Linda Loman in the 21st Century,” portions of which have recently been presented at national conferences. Throughout her career, she has been committed to directing and producing plays by female and feminist playwrights, including: Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls; Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal; Beth Henley’s Abundance; Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles; and Lisa Kron's Well. She holds a doctorate in Theatre from the Graduate Center of CUNY. She received actor training at Circle-in-the Square Theatre School, and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Statement of Service

Rose's leadership positions have included serving as the director of the Theatre Arts Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She has long been an active member of ATHE and the Women and Theatre Program, for which she has served in a number of capacities over the last decade. Most recently, Rose was the ATHE conference planner for the WTP Focus Group (2012-2014); chair of the WTP Awards Committee (2011-2014); WTP Member-at-Large (2008-2012); and newsletter editor (2006-2008). She also served on the planning committee for ATHE’s main conference (2010-2011). A longtime member of the American Society for Theatre Research, having attended most conferences and participated in a number of working sessions over the last decade, she is eager to become more engaged in its organization.


Uri McMillan

University of California, Los Angeles
umcmillan@ucla.edu
http://www.english.ucla.edu/all-faculty/498-mcmillan-uri

Biography

Uri McMillan is a cultural historian who researches and writes in the interstices between black cultural studies, performance studies, queer theory, and contemporary art. His first book, Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance (NYU, 2015) is on black performance art, objecthood, and avatars staged by black women artists. He has published articles on performance art, digital media, hip-hop, photography, and nineteenth-century performance cultures in varied arenas such as Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, and e-misferica (all are available for download at urimcmillan.com). In addition, he has lectured at art museums, including MoMA PS1 and the Hammer Museum, and published numerous essays on black contemporary art for the Studio Museum of Harlem. His work has been supported by the Ford Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

Statement of Service


John H. Muse

Assistant Professor of English
University of Chicago
jmuse@uchicago.edu
https://english.uchicago.edu/faculty/john-muse

Biography

John Muse is Assistant Professor of English and Theater and Performance Studies at University of Chicago, where he is collaborating to launch a new interdisciplinary PhD program in Theater and Performance Studies. He specializes in modern and contemporary theater, modernist literature, and performance, with particular focus on work that tests perceived boundaries among media: plays that resemble visual art, poems in dramatic form, closet dramas, and digital or otherwise virtual theater. His book, Microdramas: Crucibles for Theater and Time, under contract with University of Michigan Press, explores brevity in theater since the late nineteenth century and argues that very short plays reveal fundamental assumptions about theater’s limits and possibilities. He has published in Theater Journal, Modern Drama, Theater, and The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism.

Statement of Service

No professional organization has meant more to my intellectual and professional development than ASTR. I have been an enthusiastic ASTR member since 2008, and have organized several working sessions. Serving since 2013 on the Strategic Planning Committee and the Adjunct Labor Survey Subcommittee for our ally ATHE has given me first-hand experience of how a professional organization runs, and has convinced me that we can all do more to improve working conditions in our precarious fields. I look forward to encouraging projects like the adjunct labor survey that is bringing together ASTR's Working Conditions Task Force and ATHE's Adjunct Labor Task Force.

Member-at-Large of Committee on Conferences
Three Candidates for One Position

Gibson Cima

Visiting Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance Department
Grinnell College
playwright98@hotmail.com
https://www.grinnell.edu/users/cimagibs

Biography

Gibson Alessandro Cima teaches Acting, Directing, and Theatre History. He has previously served as a lecturer in Tufts University’s Drama Department and as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa. He holds a PhD in Theatre History and Performance Studies from the University of Washington. In 2015, he directed his own adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. He has presented his research on the influence of South Africa's anti-apartheid theatre on post-apartheid and global stages at ASTR, ATHE, IFTR, and PSI. Recent articles include "Sarafina in Black and White: Revival Color-Conscious Casting, and New Social Cohesion Paradigms," in South African Theatre Journal and "Resurrecting Sizwe Banzi is Dead, Athol Fugard, John Kani, Winston Ntshona, and Post-Apartheid South Africa," which appeared in the fiftieth anniversary issue of Theatre Survey.

Statement of Service

As a complement to my scholarship and pedagogy, I continue to pursue service to my department, the university, and the field. I am pleased to chair ASTR's Marshall/Keller Awards Committee and to act as a member-at-large of ATHE's Theory and Criticism Focus Group. From 2012-2013, I served as Secretary of the Theatre History Focus Group. I am also an independent reader for the South African Theatre Journal. I have taken an active role in mentoring students and am excited by the possibility of extending my service record by serving on the Executive Committee.


Mike Sell

Professor of English
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
msell@iup.edu
http://www.iup.edu/page.aspx?id=58901

Biography

I am a faculty member in the Graduate Program in Literature and Criticism. My research interests include modern world drama, theatre, and performance; African American drama, theatre, and performance (with special focus on the Black Arts Movement); the avant-garde; critical theory; and digital games and gaming culture. I am the author of Avant-Garde Performance and the Limits of Criticism (U of Michigan Press) and The Avant-Garde: Race Religion War (Seagull Books / U of Chicago Press). I am the editor of Avant-Garde Performance and Material Exchange (Palgrave Macmillan) and Ed Bullins: Twelve Plays and Selected Writings (U of Michigan). My essays have appeared in African American Review, modernism/modernity, New Literary History, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, and TDR, and numerous anthologies.

Statement of Service

I have served ASTR as a member of the Nominations Committee (2007-8), the Centennial Fundraising Committee (2007-9, Chair 2012), the Barnard Hewitt Award Committee (2008-10, Chair 2010), the Ad Hoc Committee on Fellowships and Awards (2011-12), and the Executive Committee (2009-12). My decision to self-nominate for a second term on the EC was inspired by ASTR President Daphne Lei's call to the organization to continue the work of making ASTR a more inclusive and diverse community. I would hope to link that vital work to broader advocacy for the arts and humanities as a critical knowledge resource across disciplines and professions.


Christopher Swift

Assistant Professor of Theater
CUNY
cswift@citytech.cuny.edu
http://cuny.academia.edu/ChristopherSwift/

Biography

As an Assistant Professor of Theatre at New York City College of Technology, CUNY, I teach courses in theatre history and drama, and develop interdisciplinary curricula for architecture and technology majors. I have mentored a number of independent student projects, and am currently spearheading a collaborative workshop with The Public Theater. My teaching experience at a STEM focused technical college with a diverse community of students, researchers, and educators would add uniquely to my ASTR service. My scholarship is in medieval performance, particularly in ritual and festive settings. I have published articles in OUP, Palgrave, and Routledge collections, as well as for Theatre Journal and Preternature. I have been a member of ASTR for over a decade, and have presented papers at ASTR, ATHE, MATC, IFTR, and a number of national and international medieval conferences. I am currently preparing a monograph on theater and religious coexistence in late medieval Andalusia.

Statement of Service

My recent service on the Grants for Researchers with Heavy Teaching Loads Committee would inform my service to ASTR. In a leadership role I will continue to develop initiatives to support underfunded tenure track and contingent faculty. I also wish to explore conference presentation formats that facilitate effective means of presenting and recognizing outstanding scholarship, and develop ways to support collaboration beyond the conference weekend. Finally, I would like to begin a conversation about the ways in which the Society may begin to minimize its carbon footprint.

Executive Committee Representative to Committee on Conferences
Four Candidates for One Position

Debra Caplan

Assistant Professor of Theatre
Baruch College, CUNY
debra.caplan@baruch.cuny.edu

Biography

Debra Caplan is Assistant Professor of Theater at Baruch College, CUNY. Her research focuses on Yiddish theater, theatrical travel, and global artistic networks, and her work has appeared in Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Comparative Drama, New England Theatre Journal, Aschkenas, Pakn Treger, and American Theatre Magazine. She is co-founder of the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project (www.yiddishstage.org), an international consortium of 15 scholars and librarians dedicated to applying digital tools to the study of Yiddish theater and drama.

Statement of Service

In 2012, I was the Graduate Student Caucus representative to the Committee on Conferences. I gained valuable insight into how the committee works and what conference planning looks like on the ground. If elected to be a standing member of the Committee, I will work to tackle the difficult questions about conference structure and organization that we face as our organization grows and our historically small conference becomes larger. I believe that conversations about how we want to grow are vital to the future of this organization, and I will work to bring the entire ASTR community into these conversations.


Chrystyna Dail

Assistant Professor, Theatre History, Area Coordinator, Theatre Studies Department of Theatre Arts
Ithaca College
cdail@ithaca.edu

Biography

Chrystyna Dail is an Assistant Professor of Theatre History and Area Coordinator of Theatre Studies in the Department of Theatre Arts at Ithaca College. Her research interests include the intersection of race and politics in U.S. social activist performance, 20th century Ukrainian theatre, and witchcraft on the American stage. In addition to serving as an executive committee member of ASTR, Chrystyna is secretary of ATDS. She has presented her research at ATHE, ASTR, IFTR, MATC, ALA, and SEA and published with the Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre History Studies, Arthur Miller Journal, Theatre Journal and Performing Arts Resources. She has a chapter in the 2015 edited collection Working in the Wings: New Perspectives on Theatre History and Labor and her book, Stage for Action: U.S. Social Activist Theatre in the 1940s is forthcoming with Southern Illinois University Press (November 2016).

Statement of Service

Chrystyna Dail has served the academic community through conference organizing in several ways over the past decade. She was co-coordinator of the Theatre History Symposium for the Mid-America Theatre Conference (2013-2015), coordinator of the American Theatre and Drama Society panels at the Comparative Drama Conference (2011–2014), and assistant coordinator of the American Theatre and Drama Society panels at ATHE (2004-2006). If elected to the Committee on Conferences, Chrystyna will work toward increasing the presence of the underserved population of our field at ASTR; including people of color, graduate students, faculty with large teaching loads, and working parents.


Mechele Leon

Chair, Department of Theatre, Associate Professor of Theatre
University of Kansas
mleon@ku.edu

Biography

Mechele Leon is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre at the University of Kansas, where she teaches and directs. Her area of specialty is the history of French theatre, with a focus on cultural politics and national identity. Her book, Moliére, the French Revolution, and the Theatrical Afterlife won the 2010 Barnard Hewitt Award. Her current research explores 20th-century French cultural diplomacy through the work of French-language theatres in the United States. She is editing a Cultural History of Theatre in the Enlightenment, and work on adaptations of Moliére's plays. She is Director of the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism and convener of the Historiography section of IFTR. She received her PhD from Cornell University, and holds degrees from the University of Paris.

Statement of Service

As a theatre scholar, practitioner, and administrator, I value ASTR as the intellectual and professional home for theatre and performance studies. The conference serves our profession when it represents both the fullest diversity of the many emerging and established scholars working in our field and the greatest range of intellectual approaches we employ.


Noe Montez

Assistant Professor of Drama and Dance
Tufts University
noe.montez@tufts.edu

Biography

Noe Montez is an Assistant Professor of Drama and Dance at Tufts University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Latin American and US Latino performance and is affiliate faculty in American Studies and Tufts Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism and Diaspora. He is currently finishing his manuscript project which chronicles the Argentine theatre's response to ongoing efforts towards post-dictatorial transitional justice. Noe has authored several articles, book chapters, and reviews and served as Dramaturg at the Cleveland Play House prior to accepting his current position. He co-planned the Latino Focus Group's pre-conference for the 2014 conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, has served on ATHE's nominating committee, and currently serves as a member of the American Society for Theatre Research Executive Committee and Conference Planner for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's Latina/o Focus Group.

Statement of Service

If elected to the Committee on Conferences, I would expand upon my recent appointment as co-chair of the newly-formed Membership Committee to work with Conference Planners to find opportunity for conversation about the composition of ASTR's membership and strategies for expanding upon that membership to reach a more diverse and expansive pool of conference participants. I would also advocate for the conference to find forums and spaces to further address the visibility of member concerns during our annual convening.

Graduate Student Caucus Representative to the Executive Committee
Two Candidates for Two Positions

Yasmine Marie Jahanmir

University of California, Santa Barbara
yassij@gmail.com

Biography

Yasmine M. Jahanmir is a Chancellor's fellow and doctoral candidate in the Department of Theater and Dance, with an emphasis in Feminist Studies. As a lifelong synchronized swimmer, her dissertation examines synchronized swimming as both entertainment and sport. She has been published in The Living Dance and her article, "Picture perfect: nostalgic femininity and temporal disruptions in the Aqualillies' water ballets" was recently published in Women and Performance. Her work has been supported by the New York Public Library, Mellon Dance Studies Seminar, and ASTR. She has served in editorial capacity for both TDR: The Drama Review and The Eugene O'Neill Review. She has worked as an organizer and founding member of Theater for Charity (UC-Berkeley), Tucson Fringe Theater Festival, and Mind Readers: A Graduate Directing Lab (UCSB). She is currently the VP/Representative to the Annual Conference Committee for the Graduate Student Council at ASTR.

Statement of Service

As President of GSC and liaison to the ASTR Executive Committee, I would promote the needs of the graduate student population at every juncture. In order to continue the wonderful legacy of the GSC, I would foster graduate student collaboration and community at the ASTR conferences and beyond. Additionally, I would petition for multiple ways to reduce the financial burden for graduates attending the annual conference. I would also champion opportunities for graduate student leadership in working groups, panels, and plenaries. Finally, I would solicit feedback from graduate students on their most imminent career concerns in order to ensure that job workshops reflect these needs.


Bess Rowen

CUNY, The Graduate Center

Biography

I am a Doctoral Candidate and Center for the Humanities Digital Fellow in the Theatre Program at CUNY, The Graduate Center who is currently working on a dissertation about stage directions as a fluid, physical, collaborative language between actors and playwrights. Before coming to CUNY, I earned an MA in Performance Studies from NYU after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Lehigh University. I have published performance reviews in Theatre Journal and Women & Performance, and my article for the Tennessee Williams Annual Review is forthcoming. I am also an Arts & Culture blogger for The Huffington Post.

Statement of Service

I am proudly serving on two conference committees this year, and am already learning a great deal about how ASTR is working to improve an already important conference in our field. It has been a pleasure to get to know other involved graduate students and faculty members, and a great deal of my enjoyment of this year’s conference came from my involvement in these planning meetings. Service has always been very important to me, as it brings together two of my favorite aspects of our work: community and pedagogy. After serving as class president of my MA cohort an NYU, I held three different positions in the Doctoral Students' Theatre Association at The Graduate Center, including President.

ASTR is an organization that values graduate student involvement at every level, and I would be honored to serve as the President of the GSC to ensure that we continue to think of ways that this involvement can grow and change with the times. If elected, I promise to represent you all as an advocate for an increased range and diversity of voices present at both the planning stages of future conferences as well as the conference events themselves.


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