Bial, Henry, and Scott Magelssen. 2010. Theater historiography: critical interventions. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Canning, Charlotte M. and Thomas Postlewait. 2010. Representing the Past: Essays in Performance Historiography. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2010.
Fliotsos, Anne L., and Gail S. Medford. 2004. Teaching theatre today: pedagogical views of theatre in higher education. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hobgood, Burnet M. 1988. Master teachers of theatre: observations on teaching theatre by nine American masters. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.
hooks, bell. 1994.Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. New York: Routledge.
Kindelan, Nancy Anne. 2012. Artistic literacy: theatre studies and a contemporary liberal education. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
Lazarus, Joan. 2004. Signs of change: new directions in secondary theatre education. Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann.
Postlewait, Thomas, and Bruce A. McConachie. 1989. Interpreting the theatrical past: essays in the historiography of performance. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press.
Radulescu, Domnica, and Maria Stadter Fox. 2005. The theater of teaching and the lessons of theater. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
"Faculty Club" resource page
From the website: "Welcome to the Faculty Club: your open-source destination for all things pedagogical. The syllabi, assignment prompts and classroom activities here represent our collective investment in the future of theater history. Please borrow freely from the resources your colleagues have so generously shared. And, if you are so inspired, submit your own."
Here you will find a bounty of syllabi to resource as well as suggested assignments and activities.
"Theatre History (Ir)Rationale" by Will Daddario
"Report from the Trenches - Thoughts from the 2014 Theatre History and Theatre as a Liberal Art Preconference" by Jeanne Willcoxon, August 04, 2014.
"Latina/o Plays for Young Performers: A Resource for Teachers" by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
HowlRound.com - A knowledge commons by and for the theatre community.
a wealth of new writing and resources on diversity, theatermaking, theatermakers, as well as pieces on current debates, ideas, and questions about theater more generally
Looking for Latina/o/x plays to teach? "101 Plays by The New Americans, or on Latinidad" by Tlaloc Rivas
Café Onda: The Journal of the Latina/o Theatre Commons
posts and pieces on Latina/o/x theater
Brief Guide to Internet Resources in Theatre and Performance Studies created and maintained by Ken McCoy
This (admittedly incomplete) finding aid provides a curated online supplement to the ATHE 2016 (Chicago) panel session "Diversity in Core Curriculum Courses: Case Studies and Brainstorming." These informative resources by no means exhaust the materials that discuss the pedagogy of theater history or other core curriculum courses in theater. Rather, this gathering hopes to format a starting point that is focused and germane.
The objective of this panel session sought to challenge the centrality of whiteness and tokenism of non-European or EuroAmerican materials in theater curricula. Participants offered various strategies that reimagine course design for theater history and beyond.
Panel members hope the links, texts, and materials gathered here will provide provocations, ideas, and fortitude for instructors wishing to create curricula that not only grant legibility to a diversity of theatermaking voices but also centralize the import of their study to students.
Faedra Chatard-Carpenter, University of Maryland
Martine Kei Green-Rogers, University of Utah
Irma Mayorga, Dartmouth College
Aaron C. Thomas, University of Central Florida
"Multiplicity and Freedom in Theatre History Pedagogy: A Reassessment of the Undergraduate Survey Course" by Jerry Dickey and Judy Lee Oliva
Theater Topics 4.1 (1994): 45-58.
"Teaching Introduction to Theatre Today: An Analysis of Current Syllabi" by Alicia Kae Koger
Theater Topics 4.1 (1994): 59-63.
"Advocacy and Activism: Identity, Curriculum, and Theatre Studies in the Twenty-first Century" by Jill Dolan
Theater Topics 7.1 (1997): 1-10. DOI: 10.1353/tt.1997.0003
"Introduction to special edition of Theatre Topics: 'Reconstructing Theatre/ History' by Harley Erdman
Theater Topics 9.1 (1999): 1-2. DOI: 10.1353/tt.1999.0003
"Reconstructing Theatre/History" by Joseph R. Roach
Theater Topics 9.1 (1999): 3-10. DOI: 10.1353/tt.1999.0005
"Educating the Creative Theatre Artist" by Sonja Kuftinec
Theater Topics 11.1 (2001): 43-53. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2001.0008
"Myths and Metaphors from the Mall: Critical Teaching and Everyday Life in Undergraduate Theatre Studies" by Anne Berkeley
Theater Topics 11.1 (2001): 19-29. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2001.0001
"Roman Holiday: Bridging Disciplinary Divides through Special Programs"
by Dorothy Chansky
Theater Topics 11.2 (2001): 131-144. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2001.0011
"Intimate Engagement: Student Performances as Scholarly Endeavor by Bryant Keith Alexander
Theater Topics 12.1 (2002): 85-98. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2002.0001
McConachie, Bruce, and Ackerman Alan L. "American Theater History Coming of Age." American Literary History 14, no. 1 (2002): 141-48. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3054538.
"Writing Intensive Courses in Theatre" by Alisa Roost
Theater Topics 13.2 (2003): 225-233. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2003.0036
Enders, Jody. (2004). "Introduction: Theatre history in the new millennium." Theatre Survey - the Journal of the American Society for Theatre Research, 45(2), 173-175. Retrieved from
This special Issue features essays by the following scholars, among others:
Marvin Carlson, Thomas Postlewait, Virginia Scott, Annette Fern, Tracy C. Davis, Harry J. Elam, Jr., Shannon Jackson, Herbert Blau, W.B. Worthen, Richard Schechner, and Joseph Roach
"Teaching Theatre Today: Pedagogical Views of Theatre in Higher Education" (review) by Jeanne Klein
Theater Topics 17.2 (2007): 169-170. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2008.0008
"A Note from the Editor" [Theater Topics Special Issue: Re-imagining History in the Theatre arts Curriculum] by Jonathan L. Chambers
Theater Topics 17.1 (2007): vi-viii. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2007.0003
"In Defense of Pleasure: Musical Theatre History in the Liberal Arts [A Manifesto]" by Stacy Ellen Wolf
Theater Topics 17.1 (2007): 51-60. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2007.0014
"Theatre History, Undergraduates, and Critical Thought" by Erica Stevens Abbitt
Theater Topics 17.1 (2007): 69-79. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2007.0000
"First Contact-Introductory Courses" by Ronald Harold Wainscott
Theater Topics 17.1 (2007): 29-31. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2007.0013
"Theatre Squared: Theatre History in the Age of Media" by Sarah Bay-Cheng
Theater Topics 17.1 (2007): 37-50. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2007.0001
"Remapping Theatre History" by Steve Tillis
Theater Topics 17.1 (2007): 1-19. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2007.0012
"History in the Directing Curriculum: Major Directors, Theory and Practice"
by James Peck
Theater Topics 17.1 (2007): 33-35. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2007.0010
"Yes, No, Maybe: A Position Statement from Midstream" by Dorothy Chansky
Theater Topics 17.1 (2007): 21-27. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2007.0004
"Stanley McCandless, Lighting History, and Me" by Linda Essig
Theatre Topics 17.1 (2007): 61-67. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2007.0008
"The Theatre Historian as Rock Star, or Six Axioms for a New Theatre History Text" by Henry Bial
Theatre Topics 17.1 (2007): 81-86. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2007.0000
"A Note from the Editor" by Sandra G. Shannon
Theater Topics 18.1 (2008): 1-2. DOI: 10.1353/tt.0.0066
"Financialization of Education: Teaching Theatre History in the Corporatized Classroom" by Branislav Jakovljevic, Wade Hollingshaus, and Mark Foster
Theater Topics 18.1 (2008): 69-85. DOI: 10.1353/tt.0.0009
"The Theater of Teaching and the Lessons of Theater" (review) by Miriam M. Chirico
Theater Topics 18.2 (2008): 249-250. DOI: 10.1353/tt.0.0036
Theatre Topics Special Issue: Teaching African American Theatre
"Introduction: Black Plays" by Harvey Young, Guest Editor
Theater Topics 19.1 (2009): xiii-xviii. DOI: 10.1353/tt.0.0046
"Insert [Chitlin Circuit] Here: Teaching an Inclusive African American Theatre Course" by Rashida Z. Shaw
Theater Topics 19.1 (2009): 67-76. DOI: 10.1353/tt.0.0053
"The Wisdom of 'Worldliness': Bringing African American Theatre and Drama into Existing Course Syllabi" by Jonathan Shandell
Theater Topics 19.1 (2009): 51-58. DOI: 10.1353/tt.0.0051
"Teaching Theatre as Diplomacy: A US Hamlet in the European Court"
by Charlotte M. Canning
Theater Topics 21.2 (2011): 151-162. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2011.0019
"A Note from the Editor" by James Peck
Theater Topics 22.2 (2012): 1-2. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2012.0018
"Hyperlinking and Hyperthinking through Theatre History: Haiti, 'Hotel California,' Woyzeck, Hegel, and Back Again" by Megan Lewis and Will Daddario
Theater Topics 22.2 (2012): 183-194. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2012.0020
"Personal Narratives: A Course Design for Introduction to Theatre"
by Claire Syler
Theater Topics 22.2 (2012): 173-181. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2012.0017
"Stagings in Scarlet: Exploring History, Historiography, and Historicity with Late-Victorian Murder Melodrama" by Justin A. Blum
Theater Topics 23.2 (2013): 157-168. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2013.0017
"To Teach and to Mentor: Toward Our Collective Future" by Jill Dolan
Theater Topics 23.1 (2013): 97-105. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2013.0012
"Reflections from Former Editors" by Gwendolyn Alker, Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Suzanne Burgoyne, Jenny Spencer, Harley Erdman, Stacy Wolf, Joan Herrington, Jonathan Chambers, Sandra G. Shannon, Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren, and James Peck
Theater Topics 24.2 (2014): 71-84. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2014.0012
"A Note from the Editor" [Theatre Topics Special Issue: Theatre and/as Education] by Gwendolyn Alker
Theater Topics 25.3 (2015): ix-xi.
"Theatre Education in the Academy: Major Impacts of Minor Differences"
by Matt Omasta and Drew Chappell
Theater Topics 25.3 (2015): 185-197.
"Toward Revising Undergraduate Theatre Education" by Peter Zazzali and Jeanne Klein
Theater Topics 25.3 (2015): 261-276.
"Embracing the 'Foggy Place' of Theatre History: The Chautauqua/ Colloquia Model of Public Scholarship as Performance" by Jane Barnette
Theater Topics 25.3 (2015): 231-242.
"The Courage to Teach and the Courage to Lead: Considerations for Theatre and Dance in Higher Education" by Ray Miller
Theater Topics 26.1 (2016): E-1-E-7. DOI: 10.1353/tt.2016.0001
A (seletive and in no way complete)
Finding Aid for Pedagogical Ideas about Teaching Theater History in the Core Curriculum and Beyond
last updated 08/2016
ne of ATHE President Patricia Ybarra's top initiatives seeks to address diversity within ATHE. Here, diversity specifically signifies identificatory nodes such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, and class. This panel takes forward an idea developed through a committee on diversity convened in the late spring of 2015 by President Ybarra of which two of the proposed presenters are members. An offshoot of the strategic planning committee President Ybarra convened during her year as ATHE president-elect, members of this committee have dedicated time to thinking on actions that will enable ATHE to effectuate diversity. The horizon of this committee's goal seeks to shift not only diversity within ATHE, an organization built of leading teachers and researchers, but also, with this instatement, create legible shifts in U.S. American theater in total. As recent conversations across the United States' theater communities have made clear, parity of many sorts in U.S. American theater has vaulted forward as one of the leading challenges to the future of theater making. As the success of, for example, *Bootycandy* by Robert O'Hara, *Hamilton* by Lin-Manuel Miranda, or *Fun Home* by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori have evidenced, creative voices traditionally marginalized from the limelight of U.S. American stages have come to the fore, and indeed, have helped to begin dismantling the center's entrenched whiteness and maleness.
One of the top questions among ATHE members and theater pedagogues more generally is how to incorporate works by marginalized minoritarian communities into their curriculums, specifically into core courses of the theater major such as theater history. This too requires an action of dismantling entrenched canons and reimagining course trajectories and objectives while also avoiding the equally egregious misstep of tokenism (one August Wilson play among a host of works by white and male playwrights of the twentieth century does not constitute a diverse syllabus). Decolonizing the imperialism of whiteness is a necessary first step if core theater courses desire not only to fully and responsibly impart the leading voices of - most specifically - the twentieth and twenty-first centuries but also if they wish to respond to the dramatic demographic shift that is occurring among their student populations now and moving into the immediate future. For this panel each participant will offer strategies and ideas to help teachers of core theater courses reconceptualize their course content as well as encourage them to let go of a center that is artificially constructed and, more importantly, is ill-suited for preparing student artists and makers to meet and address the audiences of their future careers and realities.