Professor in theatre history and head of the Ph.D. program, Odai Johnson took his MFA from the University of Utah and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His articles have appeared in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, New England Theatre Journal, Theatre Symposium and the Virginia Magazine of History as well as contributions to numerous anthologies. His books include Rehearsing the Revolution (University of Delaware 1999), The Colonial American Stage: A Documentary Calendar (AUP: 2001), Absence and Memory on the Colonial American Stage (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005), London in a Box (Iowa 2017), a finalist for the Theatre Library Association Freedly Award, and Ruins: Classical Theatre and Broken Memory (University of Michigan, 2018), as well as contributor to the Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theatre, Oxford Handbook of The Georgian Theatre, the Oxford Handbook of American Drama. He is currently working on a book on revolution and genres that explores the structures of the imagination. He teaches a range of theatre and performance history courses for the undergraduate program, and seminars in theatre history for the doctoral students. These seminars range from the studies of the classical past, Conversations with Antiquity, to the Baroque spectacles of power, the Early Modern and Transnational, the Long 18th century, historiography, and recently, Staging the City, a class on cities and civic identity taught in Rome. Professor Johnson previously held the Floyd and Delores Jones Endowed Professorship in the Arts, and has recently been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus from the University of Utah.
- London in a Box - Englishness and Theatre in Revolutionary America. University of Iowa Press.
- Odai Johnson. Absence and Memory in Colonial American Theatre. Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
- Odai Johnson and William J. Burling. The Colonial American Stage: A Documentary Calendar. Associated University Presses, 2001.
- Odai Johnson. Rehearsing the Revolution: Radical Performance, Radical Politics in the English Restoration. U of Delaware Press, 2000.
- Theatre Survey, Cambridge University Press, May 2017.
- Odai Johnson. Ruins: Classical Theatre and the Archeology of Memory. Book in progress.
Research Advised: Graduate Dissertations
- Elizabeth Coen. "Staging Theater to Realize a Nation: The Development of German National Theater in the 18th Century." Diss. U of Washington.
- Gibson A. Cima. "Postconflict Nostalgia: Postapartheid South African Theatre, 1990-2010." Diss. U of Washington, 2012.
- David U. Garfinkle. "The rise and fall of the passions of Elizabeth Barry, reading Restoration figures of the first modern actress in the civic legacy of Sir William D'Avenant." Diss. U of Washington, 2010.
- Derek Samuel Davidson. "Martyrdom as a performance tradition." Diss. U of Washington, 2008.
- Scott W. Cole. "Traumatized performance: Antebellum Methodist camp meetings and the re-making of the American frontier." Diss. U of Washington, 2007.
- James M. Fitzmorris. "Summoning the spectacle." Diss. U of Washington, 2004.
- Jacob Hutchison. "Satirical Activism: Citizenship and satire in 21st century performance." Diss. U of Washington, in progress.
- Matthew Straus, "Beggars begging. Thieves thieving. Whores whoring." Friedrich Schiller and Bertolt Brecht's Epic Theater
- Guillaume Tourniaire, Show Boat's "Make Believe": Subversion of Stereotype and Sympathy as Liberalism
- Alice Hofgren, "Performing Democracy: Comedy and Forensic Oratory as Enactments of Athenian Dramatic Process"
- Scott Venters - The (Im)mediate Animal: An Anti-theatrical History of Interspecies Entanglements in Enlightenment Transactions, 1640-1800
- Sebastian Trainor. "Ubu's Moment: Lost Histories of a Fin-de-Siecle Avant Garde Theatre." Diss. U of Washington, in progress.
Summer 2020 A-term
Summer 2018 A-term
Summer 2017 A-term
Summer 2016 A-term
Summer 2015 A-term
Summer 2012 A-term
- Professor Odai Johnson honored with Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah - October 3, 2017
- Performing Arts Lecture Series - October 7, 2014
- Celebrity and Its Discontents - Odai Johnson - September 30, 2014
- Training Scholars - Interview with Professor Odai Johnson - April 9, 2014
- UW Rocks ASTR - January 14, 2014
- An Early American Theater Lost . . . and Found - April 21, 2005
- Performing Arts Lecture Series: Odai Johnson - October 7, 2014 - 7:30pm