Ph.D. Faculty

Ph.D. Faculty
Ph.D. Students
Ph.D. Alumni
/ School of Drama faculty and staff

"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 Ph.D. student

MEET OUR PH.D. FACULTY

Odai Johnson
Head of Ph.D. Program

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 (contributer)
Fields of Interest: 17th & 18th century, Ancient, Architecture, Historiography, Baroque, Early Modern, Colonial America
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Catherine Cole
Divisional Dean of the Arts, College of Arts & Sciences
Faculty, School of Drama

Scott Magelssen
Co-Head of BA Program, School of Drama
Associate Professor, Theatre History

Stefka Mihaylova
Assistant Professor, Theatre Theory and Criticism

                    
AB: Occidental College
Ph.D.: Northwestern University
Recent publications: Performing South Africa's Truth Commission: Stages of Transition (Indiana University Press), Statements Before and After Arrests: Performing at Law's Edge in Apartheid South Africa (Law as/and Performance), Time Slip: Fiat Lux Redux/Remix as University-Museum Social Practice (Global Art and the Practice of the University-Museum)
Fields of Interest: African Studies, African Theatre and Performance, Contemporary American Performance, Cultural Studies, Dance, Disability Studies, Ethnography and Fieldwork, Gender and Feminist Theory, Historiography, Human Rights, Popular Culture, Performance Studies, Postcolonial Studies
MA: University of Minnesota
Ph.D.: University of Minnesota
Recent publications: Simming: Participatory Performance and the Making of Meaning (University of Michigan Press), Living History Museums: The Power and Perils of Performing History (Arts Club Chicago), Enacting History (University of Alabama Press)
Fields of Interest: Museum Studies/Museology, live simulation and performance in tourism, business, and the miltary
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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Todd London
Executive Director and Professor, School of Drama

Barry Witham
Professor Emeritus, Theatre History

Thomas Postlewait
Affiliate Professor, Theatre History

     
MFA: Boston University
Ph.D.: American University
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters: DePaul University 
Recent publications: The Servent Economy (HowlRound), Zelda Fichandler, Valient Striver in the Arena (American Theatre), A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights (HowlRound), An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art (Theatre Communications Group)
Fields of Interest: Contemporary American theatre, playwriting, creativity and artistic practice
MA: University of Iowa
Ph.D.: Ohio State University
Recent publications:  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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