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Member News — Fall 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Virginie Magnat’s (University of British Columbia) current research investigates vocality as a vital source of cultural creativity and experiential cognition grounded in process, practice, and place, as well as a form of social and political agency. She will present this research at the 2017 American Anthropological Association and ASTR conferences, and at the 2018 International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry. She recently co-edited special issues for the American journal Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, the Canadian journal Anthropologica, and the European Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies. She is working on her second monograph, The Performative Power of Vocality, contracted by Routledge.

Shannon Rose Riley, MFA, PhD, has recently been promoted to full professor in the Humanities Department at San José State University, which she also chairs. Her most recent book, Performing Race and Erasure: Cuba, Haiti, and US Culture, 1898-1940 was published as part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History Series in 2016.

Christian DuComb's book, Haunted City: Three Centuries of Racial Impersonation in Philadelphia, was published by the University of Michigan Press in July. Haunted City Traces the deep roots of Philadelphia’s annual Mummers Parade, as well as the city’s history of blackface masking and other forms of racial impersonation. DuComb's paper "Blackface Photography and Performance Remains," an excerpt from the first chapter of Haunted City, won the inaugural ASTR-Cambridge University Press Prize in 2012. DuComb is assistant professor of theater at Colgate University.

Dr. Terry Russell has published the 2nd Edition of Drury Lane Drama Factory: Stephen Price, 'Yankee Impresario': Part 1, 1826. It uses the TRDL during the controversial reign of Stephen Price of the Park Theatre, NYC., to provide drama students with a sound understanding of the workings of Regency Theatre, and its relevance to Modern Repertory. Of particular note is the close connection between the UK & US stage developed by Price, including such transatlantic stars are Edmund Kean, Wm. Macready, James Wallack, Clara Fisher, and many others who populated theatres along the eastern seaboard and through to the Mississippi frontier. For further information and reviews email

Katie Gough (University of Vermont) was promoted to Associate Professor of Theatre in May 2017.

Iris Smith Fischer has published "The role of semiotique in Francois Delsarte's aesthetics." Semiotica (September 2017): 20 pgs as well as a review of Expecting the Earth: Life / Culture / Biosemiotics by Wendy Wheeler. Critical Inquiry (Summer 2017).

C. David Frankel is the artistic director of The Tampa Repertory Theatre and recently received the Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Critics’ Choice Award as Best Director for his direction of The Realistic Joneses, Grounded, and The Other Place during the 2016-17 season. He will be directing Gnit, Will Eno’s take on Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, in January 2018. In addition to serving as the artistic director for TampaRep, Frankel continues as the Assistant Director of Theatre in the School of Theatre and Dance at the University of South Florida.

Lisa Jackson-Schebetta’s book, Traveler, there is no road: Theatre, the Spanish Civil War, and the Decolonial Imagination in the Americas was published by the University of Iowa Press in June 2017. Jackson-Schebetta also published her article, “Mexico, 1680: Decoloniality, the Anthropocene, and Performance History” in the Journal of American Theatre and Drama (vol 29, issue 2; June 2017). She began her term as Vice President/President Elect of the American Theatre and Drama Society in August.

Katherine Zien (McGill University) has published a monograph, Sovereign Acts: Performing Race, Space, and Belonging in Panama and the Canal Zone (Rutgers University Press). More information is available here. Zien is also co-editing, with Dr. Colleen Kim Daniher, a special issue of Theatre Research in Canada on the topic "Race and Performance in the US-Canada Borderlands." Please see details on the TRiC website here. Abstract submissions are due Nov. 1st.

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