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Theatre Journal 58.2 (2006) 385-389

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Doctoral Projects in Progress in Theatre Arts, 2006

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This is the fifty-fourth annual report of dissertations in progress in theatre arts in the United States. The entries contained in this report were solicited from those universities offering a doctoral degree in areas related to theatre; the completeness and accuracy of the report depend largely on the immense cooperation of those students and faculty members who were kind enough to submit complete and timely information—either by e-mail, regular postal mail, or fax. A future request for information will be mailed in October 2006 for the 2007 edition. Please contact the editor / researcher if an institution is not already receiving the annual call for submissions.

This report lists (in order) the doctoral student's name, dissertation title, university, department affiliation, faculty supervisor, and projected year of completion. Dissertation topics are arranged in two parts: in Part I, topics are listed first geographically and secondarily by time periods; Part II provides additional divisions for those projects that do not fit easily according to geography or time but conform to the growing areas of contemporary research.

This is our first year compiling this report, although we follow in the footsteps of the previous editor / researcher, our mentor Dr. Linda Donahue. We would like to thank her for her support; we would also like to express our appreciation to the Texas Tech University Department of Theatre and Dance and its chair, Professor Fred Christoffel, for sponsoring our research request. We are grateful for the response we received from the theatre community; we are also very committed to presenting the information in a format that best relates the work being done. To this end, we pledge to continue to evaluate our categorical system to ensure that next year's dissertations find their appropriate place in this report. [End Page 385]

Part I


Beadle, Dixie. African Theatre Intellectuals in the Post-Independence Era: Educating for Social and Political Activism. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Theatre and Drama. Aparna Dharwadker. 2007.

McMahon, Christina S. Theatre in Circulation: Performing National Identity on the Global Stage in Cape Verde, West Africa. Northwestern University. Theatre and Drama. Sandra L. Richards. 2008.

Okany, Ogu. Politics and the Public Intellectual: Progressive Impulse in the Dramaturgy of Femi Osofisan. University of Minnesota. Theatre Arts. Margaret Werry. 2006.


Eshelman, David J. Contemporary Drama in Gender-Conscious Translation. University of Missouri-Columbia. Theatre. Suzanne Burgoyne. 2006.


Riley, Shannon. Performing Difference: Cuba and Haiti in U.S. Cultural Imaginaries. University of California, Davis. Theatre and Dance: Performance Studies. Lynette Hunter. 2006.


Liang, Peilin (Ms.). Weaving a Tale of Many Voices—The Making of Multicultural Theatre in Taiwan. University of Hawaii at Manoa. Theatre and Dance. Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak. 2008.


Prizant, Yael. Constructing Cuba: Memory and Identity in Contemporary Cuban and Cuban-American Theater. UCLA. Theater, Film and Television. Shelley Salamensky. 2006.

Czechoslovakia / Czech Republic

Peschel, Lisa. Reality and Representation in the "Ante-chamber of Auschwitz": Theatrical Performance in the Ghetto Terezin. University of Minnesota. Theatre Arts. Margaret Werry. 2007.



Dickson, Vernon Guy. "Emulation hath a thousand sons": Rhetorical Emulation and Social Decorum in Renaissance Drama. Arizona State University. English. Curtis Perry. 2006.

Dowdy, Mark. Isle of Dogs: Nomadism and the Early Modern English Stage. University of Iowa. English. Huston Diehl. 2006.

Henry-Offor, Brenda. The Paradoxical Nature of Intimacy in Early Modern Drama. CUNY. English. Mario DiGangi. 2007.

Neasman, Everett G. Social Economics of Renaissance Dramatic Humor: Shakespeare's Clowns of Comedy. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. English. Mary Ellen Lamb. 2007.

Parkinson, Michelle. Elizabeth Tudor, John Lyly and Christopher Marlowe: Power, Sexuality and the Abject Early Modern Body. Purdue University. English. Paul White. 2005.

Spiro, John-Paul. "Bitter to a Sweet End": Measure for Measure and the Tyranny of Shakespearean Comedy. CUNY. English. Richard C. McCoy. 2006.

Tubbs, Lucy Loraine. The Suppression of the Archetypal Feminine in Medieval and Renaissance Literature. Baylor University. English. Maurice Hunt. 2007.

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