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"Ultimately, my decision to come to UW had everything to do with the people. The support system here is incredible. They actually care about me, my research, and what I want to do with my career. They said that they would be here for us at every point along the way, and it has turned out to be completely true." - Shelby Lunderman, UW Drama PhD, class of 2020

MEET OUR PH.D. FACULTY

Scott Magelssen
Head of Theatre History, Theory and Criticism

MA: University of Minnesota
Ph.D.: University of Minnesota
Recent publications: Simming: Participatory Performance and the Making of Meaning (University of Michigan Press), Enacting History (University of Alabama Press), Performing Flight: From the Barnstormers to Space Tourism (University of Michigan Press)
Fields of Interest: Museum Studies/Museology, live simulation and performance in tourism, business, and the miltary.

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Odai Johnson
Professor
Theatre History

Stefka Mihaylova
Assistant Professor, Theatre Theory and Criticism

Odai Johnson
                  
MFA: University of Utah
Ph.D.:
University of Texas at Austin
Recent publications:
London in a Box (Iowa 2017), Ruins: Classical Theatre and the Archeology of Memory (University of Michigan), Oxford Handbook of Dance and TheatreOxford Handbook of The Georgian Theatre, the Oxford Handbook of American Drama (contributor)
Fields of Interest:
17th & 18th century, Ancient, Architecture, Historiography, Baroque, Early Modern, Colonial America
MA: Central European University, Hungary
Ph.D.: 
Northwestern University
Recent publications: 
Casting Stare-able Bodies: Mabou Mines' Dollhouse (ASTR), Whose Performance is it Anyway? Performed Criticism as Feminist Strategy (New Theatre Quarterly)
Fields of Interest: 
Contemporary American and British Theatre, Gender and racial aspects of spectatorship, 20th century, Bulgarian, Dramaturgy
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Barry Witham
Professor Emeritus, Theatre History

Thomas Postlewait
Affiliate Professor, Theatre History

MA: University of Iowa
Ph.D.:
Ohio State University
Recent publications: 
From Red Baiting to Blacklisting: The Labor Plays of Manny Fried, A Sustainable Theatre: Jasper Deeter at Hedgerow (Palgrave MacMillan), The Federal Theatre Project, A Case Study (Cambridge University Press), 1750-1915: Theatre in the Colonies and United States, V.1 (Cambridge University Press)
Fields of Interest: 20th Century, 21st Century, Dramaturgy, Theater History, Political Theory
BA: Portland State University
Ph.D.:
University of Minnesota
Recent publications:
Editor, Studies in Theatre History and Culture  (University of Iowa Press), Editor, with Charlotte Canning, Representing the Theatrical Past: Essays in the Historiography of Performance (University of Iowa Press)
Fields of Interest:
17th Century, 19th Century, Historiography, Performance Studies, Theater History
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