Dramaturgy and Scholarship

Dramaturgy

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Ongoing work in the D.C. area includes serving as the dramaturg for the Teens Behind the Scenes program at The National Theatre, which previously included preparing materials and running talkbacks for shows like Latin History for Morons (pictured here chatting with John Leguizamo himself).  Since the pandemic began, our projects have shifted online into a series of websites documenting the history of The National.  You can check out A Brief History of The National Theatre for an overview the institution’s life; Big Before Broadway for a look at some of The National’s biggest pre-Broadway hits, including an exclusive interview with lyricist Sheldon Harnick; West Side Stories, an examination of the landmark classic that includes an exclusive interview with Chita Rivera; some of the biggest stars to cross the stage in The National’s Leading Ladies; and politics onstage and off in National Theatre, National Politics.  Discussions an the nature of the classics has also been a running concern, including in the Dramaturging the Phoenix initiative operated by the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) and in past work with the Literary Circle at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.  Other recent dramaturgy projects include: The Visit at the University of Maryland, directed by multi-Tony-winner Brian MacDevitt (check out the dramaturgy website here); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Lubbock Community Theatre, and Shame on Me and Of Beauty Queens and Childhood Dreams, student-written plays workshopped as part of the WildWind Performance Lab at Texas Tech University.

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Previous Dramaturgy Projects include Twelfth Night, or What You Will (2014), The Illusion (2013), The Seagull (2013), Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (2012), and serving the Raider Red’s One-Act Play Spectacular (RROAPS) as the first ever RROAPS dramaturg (2012), all at Texas Tech University.  Other new works dramaturgy projects include Blood is Thicker Than Roswell at the 2012 Prague Fringe and several new works at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region VI Festival.  Work on The Illusion included brief correspondence with author/adapter Tony Kushner and the Dramaturgy Award from Region VI of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.


Scholarship

Primary scholarly research concerns the performance of soccer on the pitch and the on the stage.  Other interests include (at any given moment) African theatre and drama, play in performance, and performance and memory.

Publications include “Playing On, Playing Along: Soccer’s Performative Activism in the Time of COVID-19,” part of the #PerformativeX special section of the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism“The World Cup’s Double-Headed Eagle: Gestures and Scenarios in the Football Arena” in Theatre Research International; “Between the Rainbow Nation and the Melting Pot: Troubling Reconciliation with The Fallin Comparative Drama; “‘This Antigone is just right for us’; Redefining Antigone on The Island” in Texas Theatre Journal; and a review of The Wolves as staged by Philadelphia Theatre Company in Theatre Journal.  Currently in the works: a co-authored chapter on the sporting performances of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin with Sean Bartley, set to appear in Performing Statecraft, edited by James Ball.

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Recent conference presentations include “Playing On, Playing Along, Part II: Sport’s Performative Permission,” part of the panel “The Most Important Unimportant Thing: Performance, Power, and Activism in Contemporary Sport,” featuring Sean Bartley, Noe Montez, and Leticia Ridley at the ATHE 2021; “In Your Time, As It Was in Ours: Memory and Material in Nuclear Semiotics” at IFTR 2021; and “We Kill Monsters: Dungeons & Dragons Takes a Public Turn,” part of the online Monsters Working Group meeting for ASTR 2020.