Robert (Chip) Crane

Chip teaches theatre history at Carnegie Mellon University and is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Georgia State University and an M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. He has published articles and reviews dealing with Soviet, Russian, and Ukrainian theatre and cinema in KinoKultura, Performing Arts Resources, Slavic and East European Journal, Text and Presentation, Theatre Journal and Theatre Survey. Since 2007 he has served on the organizing committee of the Russian Film Symposium. His translation of Sergei Tretyakov’s Gas Masks was staged by the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. Lovers and Fighters, a Shakespeare compilation play staged by Shakespeare in the Schools in 2010, toured regional school and was revived for a second season in 2011.  His dissertation, which was grounded on extensive archival research in Russia and Ukraine, focused on the relationship of the Blue Blouse amateur theatre movement to spatial practices in the early Soviet Union.

Representative Publications


“The Performance Historian as Cold Case Detective: Reopening Nikolai L'vov’s Investigation of the Blue Blouse Movement.” Performing Arts Resources 28: A Tyranny of Documents: The Performance Historian as Film Noir Detective. Ed. Stephen Johnson. 225-232 (Theatre Library Association: New York, 2011).

“Between Factography and Ethnography: Sergei Tretiakov’s Roar, China!.” Text and Presentation 2010. Ed. Kiki Gounaridou. 41-53 (Jefferson, NC.: McFarland, 2011).

Book Reviews

“Elena Siemens. Theatre in Passing: A Moscow Photo-Diary.” Slavic and East European Journal 55.4 (Winter 2011): 671-672.

“D.J. Hopkins, Shelly Orr and Kim Solga, eds. Performance and the City.” Theatre Survey 52.2 (Fall 2011): 384-386.

 “Tim Harte. Fast Forward.Slavic and East European Journal 54.4 (Winter 2010): 715-717.

Theatre and Film Reviews

Mask and Soul at the Taganka Theatre.” Theatre Journal 64.2 (May 2012): 275-277.

“Ramil’ Salakhutdinov’s Who Wasn’t There.” KinoKultura 31 (Jan. 2011).

“Rano Kubaeva’s” KinoKultura 27 (Jan. 2010).

"Anna Melikian’s Mermaid.KinoKultura 20 (April 2008). 


“The Moscow Repertoire: Embodying the Past on the Contemporary Stage.” University of Pittsburgh Summer Language Institute Lecture Series, Pittsburgh. July 2012.

“The Simonov Episode: Russian Plays and the American Stage, 1942-1947.” Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore. March 2012.

“Actors Playing Workers and Workers Playing Actors: The Blue Blouse Movement and the Performance of Class.” Mid America Theatre Conference, Chicago. March 2012.

“From the Worker’s Club to the Archive: Documenting the Economies of Early Soviet Popular Theatre.” Theatre Library Association Plenary Session, American Society for Theatre Research, Montreal. November 2011.

“From the Editors: Imagining the Soviet Living Newspaper Movement on the Pages of Blue Blouse.” University of Pittsburgh Center for Russian and East European Studies. Pittsburgh. October 2011.

Moliere in a Blue Blouse: The Satire of Vladimir Mass and NEP Era Soviet Society.” Comparative Drama Conference, Los Angeles.  March 2011.

“Imaginative Geographies of Russian and Soviet Empire.” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Convention, Los Angeles. November 2010.

"The Ghost of Tarelkin: Sukhovo-Kobylin and Meyerhold’s Haunted Stage.” Mid-Western Slavic Conference, Columbus, OH.  March 2010.

“Between Factography and Ethnography: Sergei Tretiakov’s Roar, China!.” Comparative Drama Conference, Los Angeles. March 2010.

“Soviet Tragedy: The Postwar Drama of Konstantin Simonov.” Comparative Drama Conference, Los Angeles. March 2008.

“Rewriting Late Stalinist Drama: American Newspaper Criticism and the Soviet Theatre.” Mid-Western Slavic Conference, Columbus, OH. March 2007.

Mother Courage and the Aestheticization of Brecht in Cold War America.” International Brecht Society Symposium, Augsburg, Germany. July 2006.

“Scientific Management and Amateur Theatre at Work in the Blue Blouse.” University of Pittsburgh Graduate Student Expo, Pittsburgh. February 2006.

“Performance at the Protests Against the School of the Americas.” Comparative Drama Conference, Columbus, OH. March 2004.



Education & Training

  • PhD - Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
  • MA - Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
  • BA - Theatre Studies, Georgia State University, 2001