MA and PhD Graduate Alumni

MA and PhD Theatre and Performance Studies

Graduation
Year
Degree Name Thesis/Dissertation Title Specialties Current Position
1991 PhD Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. "Athenia Sun in an African Sky: African Adaptations of Greek Tragedy" Japanese theatre, African theatre, Asian cinema Professor,
Loyola Marymount University
1994 PhD Lynne Conner "The American Modern Dance and Its Critics: A History of Journalistic Dance Criticism in the United States, 1850-1934" Theatre and Dance Historian, Cultural Theorist, Playwright Professor and Chair,
UNC Charlotte
1998 PhD Stan Denman "Theatre and hegemony in the Churches of Christ: A case study using Abilene Christian University Theatre" Directing, Acting, Playwriting, Conservative Christianity and Theatre Professor,
Baylor University
2001 MA/PhD David Escoffery  "Il maestro ed il duce: A reassessment of Luigi Pirandello's links to the Italian Fascist Party" Early Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde Senior Director of Higher Education Assessment, ETS
2002 MA Sarah Andrews     Lawyer, Morgan Lewis
2004 PhD David Jortner "The Search for the Rising Sun: Nationalism, National Identity and the Post-War Japanese Stage" Twentieth century Japanese theatre and the intersection of Japanese and American culture, Directing Associate Professor,
Baylor University
2005 PhD Gwendolyn Orel "Performing Cultures: English-Language Theatres in Post-Communist Prague"   Features Editor,
The Montclair Local
2006 PhD Maura Jortner "Playing 'America' on Nineteenth-Century Stages; or, Jonathan in England and Jonathan at Home" Nineteenth-Century American and English Drama Senior Lecturer,
Baylor University
2007 PhD Siyuan Liu "The Impact of Japanese shinpa on early Chinese huaju" Modern and traditional Chinese theatre in the twentieth century and Asian Canadian theatre Associate Professor,
University of British Columbia
2007 PhD Kellee VanAken "Race and Gender in the Broadway Chorus" Broadway Musicals, Directing Interim Dean, Chair, and Associate Professor,
Seton Hill University
2008 PhD Michael Schwartz "A Matter for Experts: Broadway 1900-1920 and the Rise of the Professional Managerial Class" Early 20th Century Broadway, class, and labor, Dramaturgy, Playwriting Associate Professor,
Indiana University of Pennsylvania 
2009 MA/PhD Lofty Durham "Jacques Milet's 'Destruction de Troie la Grant': Reassessing French Theatre in Late Medieval Period" Medieval Theatre and Performance Associate Professor,
Western Michigan University 
2009 PhD Stefano Muneroni "San Hermenegildo as a Trope of Rhetorical and Theological Investigation in Spain, Italy, and Mexico (1590-1690)" Colonial Theatre, Baroque, Jesuit Performance Associate Professor, University of Alberta
2010 PhD Michael Mehler "Percy MacKaye: Spatial Formations of a National Character" Theatre Design, Stage Management, Early Twentieth Century Theatre Associate Professor and Chair, Allegheny College
2010 PhD Rick Kemp "Embodied Acting: Cognitive Foundations of Performance" Acting, Directing, Cognitive Science, Theatre, and Performance Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
2011 MA/PhD Meredith Conti "Stages of Suffering: Performing Illness in the Late Nineteeth-Century Theatre" Nineteenth-Century American and English Theatre, American theatre and firearms, acting, directing, dramaturgy, stage combat choreography Assistant Professor,
University of Buffalo
2012 MA Kellen Hoxworth "Tour(ist)ing Post-Apartheid South African Theatre: The Works of Brett Bailey, Yael Farber, and Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom in (Inter)National Production" Formations of race and coloniality, particularly in the transhistorical performance networks of the global south Assistant Professor,
Florida State University
2013 PhD Diana Calderazzo "My Arm Is Complete": A Cognitive Approach to Gestural Life in Stephen Sondheim's Musical Genres" Cognitive Psychology and Drama Therapy Dresser and Costume Day Worker at Theatrical Wardrobe Local 764
2013 PhD Thomas Costello "Staging Ireland's Yanks: American Characters in Contemporary Irish Theatre" Irish theatre and performance Associate Professor,
Duchess Community College
2013 MA/PhD Robert Chip Crane "From Kamchatka to Georgia: The Blue Blouse Movement and Early Soviet Spatial Practice" Russian theatre and performance  
2013 PhD Devin Malcolm "An Actor Remembers: Memory's Role in the Training of the United States Actor" Acting Consulting Advisor for the Performing Arts at the Giving Collaborative, Actor
2013 PhD Melissa Porterfield "The Festive Remembrance of Shakespeare: A Comparative Study of Mission, Identity, and Rhetoric of Three American Shakespeare Companies" Shakespeare, American theatre Lecturer,
Valdosta State University
2014 PhD Kristi Good "'Blown Off the Road of Life by History's Hungry Breezes': Sebastian Barry as Therapist and Witness" Irish theatre and performance, playwriting Adjunct Professor,
Carnegie Mellon University
2014 PhD Ariel Nereson "Feeling History: Emotion, Performance, and Meaning-Making in Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company" Bodies in motion working across dance and theater, Choreography, dramaturgy Assistant Professor,
University of Buffalo
2014 PhD David Peterson "Clowning on and through Shakepeare: Late 20th and arly 21st Century Clowning's Tactical Use in Shakespeare Performance" Clowning, Shakespeare Performance, Puppetry, Theatre for Young Audiences, Circus History Assistant Professor,
California State University, Bakersfield
2015 PhD Vivian Appler "Embodied Astronomies: Performances of Telescopes and Other Detection Devices" Science and performance, practice-as-research, puppetry and mask, and activist theatre Assistant Professor,
College of Charleston
2015 MA/PhD David Bisaha "Developing the Modern Scene Design Process: Cognition and the New Stagecraft" Performance design, theatrical space and architecture, and the history of theatrical creativity Assistant Professor,
Binghamton University, SUNY
2015 PhD Inga Meier "Deconstructing "The Abyss of the Future:" Theatre, Performance, and Holes in the Discourse of 9/11" Performances of violence, trauma, and terrorism, Dramaturgy Assistant Professor,
Stephen F. Austin State University
2016 PhD Claire Syler "Actor Coaching: Talking Performance in Being.”  Equity in theatre education, applied theatre, and actor training Assistant Professor,
University of Missouri
2016 PhD Peter Wood "Overturning Mammon: The Living Theatre & Symbolic Capital" Cross-cultural avant-garde, cognitive science, popular culture, and gender within the US, Europe, and Japan during the 20th and 21st centuries Instructional Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi
2017 MA/PhD Christiana
Molldrem-Harkulich
"Standing Between Reservation and Nation: Indigenous performance in North America After the End of the Indian Wars" Performances of and by Indigenous people in North America, drag and gender performance, nineteenth-century performance culture, professional wrestling, the Spanish golden age, directing, dramaturgy Visiting Assistant Professor, Miami University 
2017 MA Clara Wilch "Entering Paradise, Feeling Solace: A search for affective community and possible American futures through the land of the Chiricahuas, histories of the Apache, and indigenous theory and work" Performance Studies, Indigenous culture and theory PhD Student,
UCLA
2018 PhD Diego Villada "Visiting the Living Museum: Brazilian Roots Tourism and the Emancipatory Possible" Latin American Performance, Directing, Fight Choreography Assistant Professor,
New College of Florida
2019 PhD Maria Enriquez "Learning How To Do It: Local, Regional, And National Latinx Theatre Alliance Building In The 21st Century" Latinx theatre and performance, Acting, Directing Assistant Teaching Professor, Penn State Harrisburg