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  • Doctoral Projects in Progress in Theatre Arts, 2014
  • James Beekman Bush, Editor/Researcher (bio), Andrew Gibb, Associate Editor (bio), and Troy Matthew Lescher, Associate Editor (bio)

This is the sixty-second annual report of dissertations in progress in theatre arts in the United States. The entries contained in this report were gathered from those institutions offering a doctoral degree in theatre or related fields. The accuracy of this report depends largely on the cooperation of those faculty members who submitted complete and timely information. By compiling this data, we seek to inform the greater theatre community of the diverse research projects currently underway across various universities and disciplines.

This report lists (in order) the doctoral student’s name, dissertation title, institution, academic department, faculty supervisor, and projected year of completion. Dissertation topics are arranged in two parts: in part 1, topics are listed first geographically, and second by time periods; and part 2 provides additional divisions for those projects that are not easily classified within geographic or historical parameters, but conform to other emerging areas of contemporary research.

A request for submissions for the 2015 edition will be mailed in October 2014. Please contact the 2014–15 editor ( if your institution is not already receiving the annual call for submissions.

My associate editors and I are grateful for the effort of all those who have contributed to this annual report. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Texas Tech University Department of Theatre and Dance and its chair, Mark Charney, for sponsoring this endeavor. [End Page 331]

Part I


Williams, Joshua. Don’t Tell The Hyena How Well You Can Bite: Performance, Race, and Animality in Eastern Africa. University of California, Berkeley. Performance Studies. Catherine Cole. 2016.


Porter, Laurelann. Performance and Social Justice for Women in Rural Bahia, Brazil. Arizona State University. Film, Dance, and Theatre. Amira de la Garza and Tamara Underiner. 2015.


Medieval Renaissance

Chapman, Matthieu. The Other Other: Re-Constructing the Paradigm of Race in Early Modern England. University of California, San Diego. Theatre and Dance. Janet Smarr. 2014.

Mendelson, Avi. Putting on Antic Dispositions: Shape-shifting Shakespearean Madnesses. Brandeis University. English. Thomas King. 2015.

Pyles, Timothy. Performing Magic: Shakespeare, Magic, and Early Modern Skepticism. Indiana University. Theatre, Drama, and Dance. Amy Cook. 2014.

Quinsland, Kirk. Interactive Performance and the Early Modern Stage. Fordham University. English. Mary Bly. 2014.

Stark-Gendrano, Rebecca. Desunt Nonnulla: Reading the Fragment in Early Modern England. Fordham University. English. Mary Bly. 2014.

Tompkins, J. Case. Methods of Revision in Sixteenth-Century English Cycle Drama. Purdue University. English. Charles Ross and Paul White. 2013.

Windholz, Jordan. Men Alone: Representations of the Bachelor in Early Modern English Literature and Culture. Fordham University. English. Heather Dubrow. 2015.

Sixteenth/Seventeenth Century

Hughes, Jacob A. Shakespeare’s Chaucerian Entertainers. Washington State University. English. William Hamlin. 2014.

Restoration/Eighteenth Century

Brano, Anthony. Acting Oblivion: The Politics of Memory, Forgetting, and Forgiveness on the Restoration Stage, 1660–1685. Fordham University. English. Stuart Sherman. 2015.

Hendrickson, Kalissa. Affecting Objects; or, the Drama of Foreign Products in English Comedy, 1660–1800. Arizona State University. English. Mark Lussier and Ayanna Thompson. 2015.

Pfeiffer, Loring. Bodies and Selves: Women Playwrights and Subjectivity on the Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Stage. University of Pittsburgh. English. Jennifer Waldron. 2015.

Nineteenth Century

Simon, Jessica. Mimetic Sensations: Sensation (Melo)Drama, the Sensation Novel, and Victorian Realism. Columbia University. English and Comparative Literature. Sharon Marcus. 2015.


Given, William. Early Illusionists, the Technology of Filmic Representation, and the Augmentation of Perceptions of Reality of the Performative Space during the Belle Époque in Paris. University of California, San Diego. Theatre and Dance. Jim Carmody. 2014.


Coen, Elizabeth. Staging Theater to Realize a Nation: The Development of German National Theater in the Eighteenth Century. University of Washington. Drama. Odai Johnson. 2015.

Friedman, Andrew. Theatre of Contemporaneity: Vegard Vinge, Ida Müller, and Trond Reinholdtsen’s Ibsen-Saga. The Graduate Center/CUNY. Theatre. Marvin Carlson. 2016.

Woolf, Brandon. Re-Functionary Stages: Cultural Policy and Contemporary Performance in Berlin. University of California, Berkeley. Performance Studies. Shannon Jackson. 2014.


Cahill, Alex Iben. The Catholic Stage Guild of Ireland: Forming the Catholic...


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