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  • George Woodyard: The Legacy of a Scholar

George Woodyard was exceedingly modest about his achievements. In fact, he was so modest that most of us were unaware of the number and range of his publications and editorial activities. We decided to publish a listing of his accomplishments in this special issue as a way of recognizing them publicly and also of providing bibliographical information to those scholars who share George’s passion for everything related to Latin American theatre. As far as we know, the last time that George updated his Curriculum Vitae was in January 2008. We have done our best to include activities and publications from the last years of George’s remarkably productive life and apologize for any omissions.

For narrative accounts of George’s life and achievements, see: Vicky Unruh, “A Virtuoso Performance: George Woodyard and Latin American Theatre,” Latin American Theatre Review 30.2 (1997): 7–16, and the “Auto-Archive” that George prepared for Theatre Journal 56.3 (2004): 547–51.


Eastern Illinois University, B.S. in Education, 1954

New Mexico State University, M.A. in Spanish, 1955

University of Illinois, Ph.D. in Spanish, 1966


Palatine (Illinois) Twp. High School, Spanish teacher, 1955–57

U.S. Army, English Language Instructor in Puerto Rico, 1957–59

Riverside-Brookfield (Illinois) High School, Spanish teacher, 1959–61

Eastern Illinois University, Instructor of Spanish, 1961–63

University of Illinois, NDFL (Title VI) Fellow, 1963–65

University of Illinois, Instructor of Spanish, 1965–66 [End Page 9]

University of Kansas, 1966–2005

  Assistant Professor, 1966–1971

  Associate Professor, 1971–1976

  Professor, 1976–2005

  Professor Emeritus, 2005–2010

  Assistant Chairman, Spanish & Portuguese, 1971–1974

  Chairman, Spanish & Portuguese, 1974–1978

  Latin American Area Studies, Executive Committee

  International Theatre Studies, Executive Committee

  Director, Summer Language Institutes (Barcelona: 1969Barcelona: 1970Barcelona: 1998; Guadalajara: 1967, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1997)

  Director, Semester Abroad in Santiago de Compostela, 2004

  Associate Dean of the Graduate School, 1978–1989

  Acting Dean of the Graduate School, 1983–1984

  Associate Vice Chancellor of Research, Graduate Studies and Public Service, 1980–1989

  Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 1981–1994

  Director, Center for International Programs, 1984–1996

  Dean of International Studies, 1989–1996

  Dean of International Studies and Programs, 1989–1996


Sigma Delta Pi (National Honorary Spanish Society)

Kappa Delta Pi (National Honorary Education Fraternity)

NDFL (Title VI) Fellow, University of Illinois, 1963–1965

Watkins Fellow, University of Kansas, Summer, 1968

National Endowment for Humanities Summer Grant, 1974

Summer Research Grant, University of Kansas, 1971, 1974, 1976

Ollantay Prize for Latin American Theatre Review (Caracas), 1979

Distinguished Alumnus Award, Eastern Illinois University, 1983

Germany Today participant, 1986

Fulbright Fellow, Japan, 1987

Corresponding Member, The Hispanic Society of America, 1988

International Relations Council Distinguished Service Award, 1994

Fulbright Award, Ecuador, 1995

Plaque for meritorious service in the cause of Latin American Theatre, Taller Superior de Dramaturgia, X Festival Internacional de Teatro, Caracas, 1995 [End Page 10]

Premio Armando Discépolo for Theatre Research, presented by the GETEA (Grupo de Estudios de Teatro) of the University of Buenos Aires during the IV Congreso de Teatro Iberoamericano y Argentino, 1995

Phi Beta Delta (Honor Society for International Scholars), Faculty Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in International Education, Washington DC, 1997

Diploma al mérito teatral, Asociación Mexicana de Investigación Teatral, México, 1999

Life-Time Achievement Award, Teatro Avante, Miami, 2000

Honored Participant, XII Cairo Festival for Experimental Theatre, Egypt, 2000

Cramer Award for Teaching and Research, Spanish and Portuguese, University of Kansas, 2002

Civic Awards

Four Avenues of Service, Rotary award, 2005

Tom Wilkerson Teamwork Award, City of Lawrence, 2005

Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary award, 2006

Editorial Work

Latin American Theatre Review. Editor, volumes 1–40.

Handbook of Latin American Studies (Library of Congress). Editor, Spanish American Drama: No. 42 (1980); No. 44 (1982); No. 46 (1984), No. 48 (1986), No. 50 (1988), No. 52 (1990)

Latin American Literary Review. Member, Editorial Board (1977–1992)

Theater Communications Group, Inc. (New York). Member, Resource Committee

Ideas 92 (University of Miami). Member, Advisory Board of Editors

La Escena Latinoamericana (Ottawa, Canada). Member, Editorial Board

Teatro CELCIT (Buenos Aires). Member, Advisory Board

Spanish Literature Publications Co., Inc. (South Carolina...


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