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M.A./Ph.D. Students in Theatre History, Theory and Literature

M.A. Students

Weiyu LiWeiyu Li
Weiyu received her B.A. in drama literature from Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. Before coming to IU, she worked as a lecturer in China, teaching high school students theatre history, theory and playwriting. Her research interests include political theatre, Asian-American theatre, and modern Chinese drama. Weiyu is from Beijing, China.

Michael RodriguezMichael Rodriguez
Mike received his B.A. in Cinema and Drama from San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California. Before coming to IU, he worked as an actor, a tour guide in Paris, and an ESL teacher. He is currently working on his M.A. thesis which takes a critical look at American stage productions depicting slavery during the late eighteenth century. Mike also works for the Telluride Film Festival as the Alumni Coordinator for the Student Symposium.

Susannah StengelSusannah Stengel
Susannah Stengel is a first year M.A. student at Indiana University studying Theatre History, Theory, and Literature. She received her B.A. in Theatre from Grinnell College and worked as a middle school theatre teacher in Houston, Texas. Susannah’s research interests include sex on stage, Irish theatre, psychological terror in domestic spaces, and 20th/ 21st century female playwrights. Susannah is originally from Conway, Arkansas.

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Ph.D. Students

Sarah CampbellSarah Campbell
Sarah Campbell is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance at Indiana University. She received her B.A. in theatre from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky and her M.A. in theatre with an emphasis in directing from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Her research interests include the intersections of theatre and folklore, touristic performance, the theatricality of space and place, and Maya ritual performance in the classic period. She is currently President and conference co-chair for Indiana University's Association for Research in Theatre (ART@IU) and Secretary of the Graduate Student Caucus, the graduate student organization of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). Sarah is from Louisville, Kentucky.

Whit EmersonWhit Emerson
Whit Emerson received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Appalachian State University and his M.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of Central Florida. Whit lived in China for three years teaching English and learning Chinese. His research interests include intercultural performance, modern Chinese theatre, comedy, state-controlled theatre, edutainment, stage movement, and the historical avant-garde. Whit has worked in the theatre as an actor, director, producer, fight choreographer, dialect coach, playwright, sound designer, and dramaturg. He has presented papers ad held workshops at academic conferences on King Ubu, puppet theory, tai chi, Shakespeare and Cultural Revolution Dramas. Whit is from Orlando, Florida.

Carle GaierCarle Gaier
Carle received his B.F.A. in Theatre from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, and his M.A. in Theatre HIstory, Theory, and Literature from Indiana University. He has also studied Chinese language at the Dalian University of Foreign Languages. His research interests include contermporary Chinese theatre and playwrights. Before coming to IU, Carle worked in production and stage management, having held positions at the Carousel Dinner Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, and the Cleveland Play House.

Eric HeapsEric "C" Heaps
Eric “C” Heaps received his B.A. in Theatre Arts Studies and Portuguese from Brigham Young University and his M.A. in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature from Indiana University. His research interests include translation and Luso-Brazilian theatre. Recent conference presentations cover distributed cognition in contemporary Shakespeare at ASTR and translation as cannibalism at ATHE. In 2012 and 2014, he directed premieres of his translations of the works of Brazillian playwright Lucienne Guedes Fahrer (Refusing the Flower and I Didn't Expect Such Humanity). Eric has his own short play published in Out of the Mount: 19 from New Play Project and is currently working on translating the works of several other Portuguese-language playwrights for English publication. In addition to his research, Eric served three years as president and conference co-chair for IU's Association for Research in Theatre (ART@IU).

Andres LopezAndrés López
Andrés received his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan and his A.L.M in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Dramatic Arts from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  His research interests include the theatre of the psychic, the works of playwright Nilo Cruz, and the cultural hybridity of ‘American’ and ‘Latino’ cultures.  Andrés is from Detroit, Michigan.

Jihay ParkJihay Park
Jihay received both her B.A. in English language and lLiterature and her M.A in Modern English literature from Korea University, Seoul, South Korea. Her research interests include theatre history, modern British and American theatre, gender studies and performance studies. Jihay is from Seoul, South Korea.

Miriam PooleMiriam Poole
Miriam received her B.A. in Theatre and German from Hillsdale College, in Hillsdale, Michigan, and her M.A. in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature from Indiana University. She is also pursuing a Ph.D. minor in Medieval Studies. In addition to medieval theatre (particularly the intersection between popular theology and its presentation in performance), her research interests include German Romanticism and the Irish Literary Revival. She has twice presented papers at Vagantes, the largest graduate student conference for medieval studies in North America, and now serves on its board of directors. Miriam is originally from West Chicago, Illinois.

Justin RinckerJustin Rincker
Justin received both his B.A. in Anthropology and English Literature and his M.A. in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. His research interests include the combined work of Tadashi Suzuki and Anne Bogart and the history of movement on the stage, especially in comic performance. Justin's directing and performance credits include productions with Metro Theatre Company, New Jewish Theatre, OnSite Theatre Company, Dramatic License Productions, and HotCity Theatre, all in St. Louis.

Joshua RobinsonJoshua Robinson
Joshua Robinson received his B.A. in history from Kean University and his M.A. in American Studies from Columbia University. He is pursuing a dual PhD in Theatre and American Studies. His research interests include interactions between American Popular Culture and queer theory, American Horror Film, and American Musical Theatre as a site of queer political expression. He is the Producing Artistic Director of Outcast Theatre, a company committed to producing and developing theatrical works that promote dialogue regarding so-called social "outcasts." His play Valentine, based on the 2008 murder of transgender middle school student Lawrence King, was awarded the inaugural New Horizons award for contributions to the LGBTQQIA community. His is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Bridget SundinBridget Sundin
Bridget Sundin received her B.F.A. in theatre performance from Illinois Wesleyan University, her M.A. in teaching from National-Louis University and her M.A. in theatre from San Diego State University. Her background is in theatre education, acting, and directing. Current research interests include devised theatre, the othered body in performance, and the intersection of gender and performance. Bridget is from Palatine, Illinois.

Sara TaylorSara Taylor
Sara received her B.A. in Theatre Studies and French from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and her M.A. in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature from Indiana University. Her research interests include the theatre of war and the role of agit-prop theatre in the creation of collective memory, and her dissertation will focus on resistance groups in post-Soviet Eastern Europe and their successful “restaging” of state spaces as sites of public resistance. She recently finished a multi-article project for Cengage Learning's award-winning reference collection titled, Literature of War (2012) and contributed an article on theatre as a tool of the socialist revolution for Gale’s multi-volume collection, Literature of Propaganda (2013). In 2011, Sara co-chaired IU's first interdisciplinary conference on theatre and performance studies, “War Making Bodies,” and served as chair for the 2013 conference, "(corpo)realities."

Ph.D. Candidates

Kyle DavisKyle Davis
Kyle Davis received his B.A. in Theatre from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His research insterests include discourse analysis at the intersections of folklore, theatre history, and performance studies. He is writing his dissertation on the role of the theatre in Spain in re-negotiating and re-constructing the polity during the radical social and cultural transformations of the 1808-1844 period.

Chris HatchChristopher Hatch
Chris received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Penn State University and his M.F.A. in Acting and Directing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His research interests include Balinese Theatre, Shakespeare Studies, and Theatre and Absinthe. He recently presented the paper "Green with Madness: Absinthe-Induced Madness and its Use in the Theatre of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries" as part of his dissertation research. A member of the Actors' Equity Association, Chris has been a professional actor for more than a decade and has studied Commedia dell'Arte with Italy's renowned Antonio Fava. Since 2010, Chris has served as Assistant Professor of Theatre at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.

Kim HintonKim Hinton
Kim received her B.A. in Russian and International Politics from Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania, and her M.A. in Russian Literature from Indiana University in Bloomington. Kim's interest in theatre blossomed after studying Russian drama during her Master's degree program. Though she remains interested in both Russian literature and theatre, her dissertation topic explores representations of sideshow freaks in modern British and American musicals and plays. During her Ph.D. coursework, Kim minored in gender studies, and elements of gender/queer/disability studies figure prominently in her research, alongside scholarship on actual, historical freak shows.

Timothy PylesTimothy A. Pyles
Tim received his B.A. in Philosophy from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and his M.F.A. in acting from Southen Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. His research interests include the use of magic in the Early Modern era, particularly in the plays of Shakespeare. His recent article, “Dionysus in the Mirror: The Play-Within-The-Play as the Apollonian reflection of Hamlet's Dionysian Psyche,” is forthcoming in Philosophy and Literature. A member of the Actors' Equity Association, Tim has been a professional actor since 2004 and has appeared with the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearea Festival. Since 2014, Tim has served as Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and was recently appointed Education Director of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival.

Joseph StollenwerkJoseph Stollenwerk
Joe received his B.A. in Drama from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and his M.A. in English and M.Ed. from Xavier University in Cincinnati. His research interests include gender, race, and sexuality in 20th and 21st century musical and non-musical theatre and drama, and he is currently writing his dissertation, entitled “Women Writing Musicals 1965-1985: Second-Wave Feminism and the Post-Golden Age.” He has presented scholarship at the Mid American Theatre Conference, the Comparative Drama Conference, and the Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Conference. Joe is the author of Today in History: Musicals and spent nine years as the Artistic Director of Ovation Theatre Company in Cincinnati. His award-winning adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale premiered in 2011 at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and he directed his original play Catalina at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival in 2013.

Recent M.A. Graduates

Jess DrewJess Drew
Jess received her B.A. in Theatre and Art History from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Her research interests include the fat body onstage, the epic, theatre education, contemporary theatre of the Americas, and the performativity of monster truck rallies. Jess has worked in various capacities for the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Vitalist Theatre of Chicago, Northwestern University, and serves as a board member at Goat Song Theatre in Chicago. After completing her master's degree in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature in 2013, she accepted a position in youth theatre education at the Center for Talent Development (CTD) housed at Northwestern University’s School of Education & Social Policy.

Jenna JohnsonJenna Kate Johnson
Jenna received her B.A. in Theatre, English, and Chinese and Japanese Studies from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, and her M.A. in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature from Indiana University. Her research interests include Shakespeare Studies and Shakespeare Tourism in addition to studies in Classical Japanese Theatre. Jenna has worked in the literary management office at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, where she served as the assistant dramaturg for the 2009 world premiere of Year Zero by Michael Golamco. She has recently returned to work in Chicago where she coordinates a theatre for youth program at the Chicago Street Theatre.

Recent Ph.D. Graduates

Jeff GraceJeff Grace
Jeff received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and his M.S. in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction from Indiana University Bloomington. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature from Indiana University in 2008 after defending his dissertation, "Coming Out at the Caffe Cino: Toward a Re/visioning of Homosexual Stage Representation." A winner of IU's Hubert C. Heffner Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Theatre, Jeff currently serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he was recently awarded a Career Enhancement Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Visit Jeff's personal web page»

Sarah McCarrollSarah McCarroll
Sarah received her B.A. in Theatre from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her M.F.A. in Costume Design from the University of Alabama. She earned her Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature from Indiana University in 2011 when she defended her dissertation, "An Empire of Collars and Corsets: Charting Body Maps on the Late-Victorian Stage." In 2011 she accepted a tenure-track position at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, where she serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre and head of the costume shop.

Noe MontezNoe Montez
Noe received his B.A. in English and Theatre and Dance from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature from Indiana University. His dissertation, "Staging Post-memories: Commemorative Argentine Theatre 1989--2003," discusses memory politics among Argentine theatre artists who subverted institutionalized mandates for forgetting the Dirty War. Noe has served as the Dramaturg at the Cleveland Play House and on faculties at Cleveland State University and John Carroll University. In 2011, he accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Theatre History, Dramatic Literature and Criticism at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

Deana NicholsDeana Nichols
Deana received her B.A. in Theatre and B.A. in English Education from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, and her M.A. in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature at Indiana University. She earned her Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature from Indiana University in 2012 after defending her dissertation, Scottish Theatre and Drama in the Age of Devolution. Deana's research interests center on Scottish theatre from the 1990s to the present and its relation to devolution and post-colonial studies. She has presented on the works of such playwrights as John McGrath, Rona Munro, Sue Glover, and Gregory Burke.

Thomas A. OldhamThomas A. Oldham
Tom received his B.A. in History and English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his M.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Script Development from Columbia University in New York. He earned his Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature from Indiana University in 2012 after defending his dissertation, "Towards a Poetics of Violence:  The Early Modern and Postmodern English Stage." Tom's research interests include Early Modern England, Contemporary Britain and Ireland, and Theatre and Violence. He has worked in the Literary Department of the Atlantic Theater Company, and holds multiple credits as a dramaturg, director, sound designer, critic, and actor from theatres in New York, Indiana, and Nebraska.

Thomas RobsonThomas Michael Robson
Tom received his B.A.. in Theatre from Grinnell College and his M.A. in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature from Indiana University. He earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2010 when he defended his dissertation titled "The Greatest Living Genius of the Race": Henrietta Vinton Davis---Elocutionist, Actress, Activist." In 2010, Tom received a tenure-track position at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, where he serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre and has taught such courses as Directing, Play Analysis, Integrated Theatre History, African-American Dramatic Literature and Theatre. In 2012, Tom received the Millikin's Cesar Chavez Social Justice Award for campus advocacy and activism.

Fatma al ShukailiFatma al Shukaili
Fatma earned her Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature from Indiana University in 2009 when she defended her dissertation on women in Arabian Gulf States theatre. She is currently head of the Department of Theatre in the College of Arts and Social Sciences at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman where she serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre History and Acting.

Neal UtterbackNeal Allen Utterback
Neal received his B.A. in Theatre from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, and his M.F.A. in acting from University of Florida in Gainesville. He earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2013 when he defended his dissertation titled “Stagehands: Gestures and the Embodied Actor,” an exploration of how cognitive science can explains actors' use of gestures to memorize lines, disambiguate language, and expand meaning. In 2012, Neal accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Theatre at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. A playwright and theatre-maker, Neal's play second is published in NYTE's Plays and Playwrights 2005. His newest play, American Western, has been invited to premiere at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in 2013 where Neal was previously nominated for both Outstanding Production and Outstanding New Writing for his 2009 adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture (of Dorian Gray).

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