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Member News - Fall 2020

Friday, September 11, 2020  
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Arnah Banerji (Loyola Marymount University) is thrilled to announce the recent publication of his monograph, Contemporary Group Theatre from Kolkata, India (Routledge UK). The book is the first of its kind offering a materialistic semiotic analysis of a non-Western theatre culture: Bengali group theatre. He is happy to present the book and offer a lecture on his continuous research inquiries into Kolkata's Group theatre. More details about Banerji’s academic and teaching work can be found at

Lizbett Benge (Carleton College) successfully defended her dissertation, "Sensing the State, Strategizing Survival: Foster Care and the Ordering of Spacetimebodyminds," and accepted a position at Carleton College where she is the 2020-2022 Robert A. Oden, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovation in the Humanities in Theater in the Department of Theater and Dance.

Jennifer Buckley (University of Iowa) has been granted the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's 2020 Outstanding Book Award for Beyond Text: Theater and Performance in Print after 1900 (University of Michigan Press, 2019).

Megan Lewis (formerly of UMass Amherst) is the new Director of Theatre at Colorado State University.

Scott Magelssen (University of Washington School of Drama) published Performing Flight: From the Barnstormers to Space Tourism with the University of Michigan Press. Performing Flight sheds new light on moments in the history of U.S. aviation and spaceflight through the lens of performance studies. From pioneering aviator Bessie Coleman to the emerging industry of space tourism, performance has consistently shaped public perception of the enterprise of flight and has guaranteed its success as a mode of entertainment, travel, research, and warfare.

C. Tova Markenson (Northwestern University) received the Edna Aizenberg Research Award from the Latin American Jewish Studies Association for her research on performances of Jewish femininity in Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil during the early twentieth century.

Carol Martin (New York University) was part of the Dean’s International Lecture Series at The Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of the Arts, Tel Aviv University in June 2020. Her lecture was "Theatre in the Time of the Corona Virus." Other Series Speakers included Homi Bhabba and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett. Martin published “Under the Radar Festival, New York: Experimental, Urban and Global” in Cambridge Companion to International Theatre Festivals edited by Ric Knowles, Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Rebecca Rovit (University of Kansas) was awarded a Humanities Resident Faculty Fellowship for Fall 2020 at KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities. The fellowship recognizes her book project, entitled “Theatre from the Rubble of War in Berlin and Vienna, 1945-55.” Dr. Rovit’s tenure on the international roster as a Fulbright Specialist on Theatre and Genocide extends through 2022.

An interview by Irina Yakubovskaya with Laurence Senelick (Emeritus, Tufts University),“Reflecting on Theatre Education and History,” appeared on-line in The Theatre Times (19 Oct. 2019). His latest book Jacques Offenbach and the Making of Modern Culture (Cambridge UP) has just appeared in paperback. He also published "Dickens Reads in Springfield: An Eye-Witness Account" in The Dickensian (Spring 2020) and "King Henri III and his Mignons," Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide (July-Aug.2020). His paper "The Nazi Occupation of Theaterwissenschaft" was one of those read for the Zoom session of the Historiography Working Group of IFTR (July 2020).

Natalie Crohn Schmitt (Emerita, University of Illinois at Chicago) received an Ennio Flaiano Award in Italianistica for Performing Commedia dell'Arte, 1570-1630 (London: Routledge, 2020).

Theresa Smalec (Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Bronx Community College/CUNY) published the first book-length study of Ron Vawter, titled Ron Vawter's Life in Performance (available from Seagull Books and U of Chicago Press).

Sharon Aronofsky Weltman (Louisiana State University) published Victorians on Broadway: Literature, Adaptation, and the Modern American Musical (University of Virginia Press, 2020. Playbill named it a MUST READ summer theatre book. A wide-ranging interdisciplinary study of live stage musicals from the mid- to late-twentieth century adapted from British literature written between 1837 and 1886, it considers unpublished archival materials and personal interviews with Stephen Sondheim, Polly Pen, Rowan Atkinson, Larry Fuller, and others. This book examines race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality to determine what cultural work adaptations accomplish both when they premiered and now.

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