Dr. Fitzgerald studies U.S. cultural development from the postwar period to the present, with a particular interest in the ideological foundations of theatrical form. His current book project, “Theatre at the End of Humanism,” maps the way avant-garde theater artists in the late 1960s grappled with the forms of philosophical humanism they inherited from the left-wing counterculture, in the process transforming their own practices while laying the groundwork for theatrical innovations that followed.
Meanwhile, he has begun a new research trajectory in ecocriticism, beginning with the study of theatrical representations of global warming, and eventually expanding into a larger project that will interrogate the connections between cultural production about nuclear warfare in the 1950s-70s and about climate change in the twenty-first century.
These projects are linked by an interest in the changing fate of humanist thought, in particular claims about human historical agency, since the second world war. Jason holds a PhD in Theatre from Columbia University’s Department of English and Comparative Literature and an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama. His essay “Ratifying the Myth of Eden: The Open Theater’s Critique of Humanism” appears in the Winter 2018 edition of Modern Drama, and his short essays, book and performance reviews have been published in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Modern Drama, PAJ, Public Books, Politics/Letters, The Huffington Post, and Theater.
Jason is also a practicing dramaturg and active theatre critic, with multiple reviews appearing in The Village Voice, Back Stage, and the New Haven Independent.
Education & Training
- PhD - Columbia Universtiy, Department of English and Comparative Literature, 2017
- MPhil - Columbia University, Theatre, 2013
- MA - Columbia University, Theatre, 2011
- MFA - Yale School of Drama, Dramatugy and Dramatic Critcism, 2008
- AB - Harvard University, History and Literature, 2004