Vicki L Hoskins

Vicki Hoskins is a PhD Candidate and Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellow. As a historian, her research focuses on musical theatre, Broadway, and theatre-as-industry. Her dissertation project, titled, “Playbill Takes the Stage: The Rise of America's Foremost Theatrical Program," builds upon previous studies in print culture, Broadway history, and American culture, and presents the first scholarly history of Playbill, the largest distributor of playbills in the United States. Her dissertation is supported by the Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, the American Theatre and Drama Society Graduate Research Award, the Dean’s Tuition Scholarship Award, and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Research Grant. Vicki has published articles in Coup de Théâtre and Studies in Musical Theatre. Her upcoming book chapter, “This is Not a Moment, It’s a Movement: Why Millennials are Hamiltrash” is slated to publish with McFarland and Company later this year. Additional research interests include global and transnational musicals; gender, feminist, and queer theory; and performances of fan culture such as cosplay and roleplay. 

Vicki also keeps an active practice as a dramaturg and director. She has worked as a production dramaturg on musicals, plays, dance performances, and devised pieces. She has a special interest in helping to develop new work and has worked as a new play dramaturg at the Mid-America Theatre Conference’s Dramatists Play Lab for several years. She also held a Literary Management internship at the Long Beach Playhouse where she evaluated new plays for the season. At the University of Pittsburgh, Vicki advised the 24-hour playwriting festivals sponsored by the Redeye Theatre Project for three years. Vicki has taught dramaturgy workshops and mentored undergraduate dramaturgs at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Vicki’s most recent creative project was directing Gruesome Playground Injuries for the UP Stages season at the University of Pittsburgh.

As an instructor, Vicki has taught courses and workshops in theatre history, global music drama, theatre appreciation, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, performance, and pedagogy and has received a number of accolades for her teaching including the Elizabeth Baranger Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has presented her research with the following organizations: American Society for Theatre Research, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Mid-America Theatre Conference, Comparative Drama, Song Stage and Screen, and the Northeastern Modern Language Association.

Vicki currently teaches theatre history at Point Park University.

Representative Publications

Research Interests

Musical theatre, Broadway, and theatre-as-industry

Education & Training

  • MA - Theatre History and Criticism, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2013
  • BA - Drama, University of California Irvine, 2007

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