The Performance as Public Practice program is committed to graduating the next generation of leaders in the arts and academia. This collection of publications is a sampling of works of our faculty, a collection of internationally recognized scholars in their field.
Dr. Charlotte Canning (Professor; PPP Program Head) teaches theatre/performance history, historiography as well as feminist performance theory. She heads the Performance as Public Practice program as well as the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism. She is also the co-senior associate chair for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Publications include:
- On the Performance Front: US Theatre and Internationalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
- The Most American Thing in America: Circuit Chautaugua as Performance (University of Iowa Press, 2005)
- Feminist Theaters in the U.S.A.: Staging Women's Experience (Routledge, 1996)
Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez (Associate Professor) is a writer-performer whose scholarship assesses the origins and effects of contemporary arts and culture policies and programs with a special focus on queer performance and performances by people of color.
- Performing Policy: How Politics and Cultural Programs Redefined U.S. Artists for the Twenty-first Century (Palgrave, 2014)
Dr. Andrew Ian Carlson (Assistant Professor of Instruction) is a dramaturg, actor, scholar and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, teaching courses in dramaturgy, Shakespeare, theatre history and directing. He is the head of the B.A. in Theatre and Dance program and the managing director of the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism.
- Co-editor and co-author, Oscar Brockett's The Essential Theatre, 11th edition (Wadsworth, 2016).
Dr. Rebecca Rossen (Associate Professor) is a choreographer and scholar who teaches courses in dance history, performance theory, performance-as-research methodologies and representations of identity in media and performance (gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, etc.). Her scholarly research focuses on Jewishness and Holocaust representation in dance and performance. She is affiliate faculty in Women's and Gender Studies, American Studies and the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies and a recipient of multiple teaching awards.
- Dancing Jewish: Jewish Identity in American Modern and Postmodern Dance (Oxford University Press, 2014)
Dr. Lisa B. Thompson (Professor) teaches courses in Contemporary Black Theatre and Performance, Black Feminist Theory, African American Literature, Film and Cultural Studies. Dr. Thompson, an award-winning playwright and scholar, is based in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department with appointments in Performance as Public Practice and Women's and Gender Studies.
- Beyond The Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class (University of Illinois Press, 2009)
- Dr. Thompson is also the author of numerous plays including Single Black Female (Samuel French, Inc., 2012)