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Curriculum vitae

EDUCATION

2019           PhD, The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Theatre and Performance, American Studies certificate.

                  Dissertation: “Broadway Bodies: Casting Stigma and Difference in Broadway Musicals since A Chorus Line.” Director: David Savran.        

2016           MPhil, The Graduate Center, CUNY. Theatre.             

2002          BA (Honors), The New School. Liberal Studies, Dance minor.                     

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

2019 Adjunct Lecturer, The New School

2018          Adjunct Instructor, LEAP Program, Saint Mary’s College of California

2017-         Adjunct Lecturer, Macaulay Honors College/Queens College, CUNY   

2016-         Adjunct Lecturer, Baruch College, CUNY        

2015-17      Writing Fellow, School of Professional Studies, CUNY

2014-          Adjunct Lecturer, Hunter College, CUNY

AREAS OF RESEARCH AND TEACHING

U.S. Musical Theatre Studies, General Theatre History, Dance History, Theories of Embodiment, Disability Studies, Gender and Queer Studies, Performance Ethnography.      

PUBLICATIONS

Edited Volume:

2021             The Routledge Companion to Musical Theatre. Co-edited with William Everett and Laura MacDonald. London: Routledge (forthcoming).

Journal Editor:

2019            “Dance in Musical Theatre.” Special Issue. Co-edited with Joanna Dee Das. Studies in Musical Theatre 13, no. 1.

Refereed Journal Articles:

2019 “‘Must Be Heavyset:’ Casting Women, Fat Stigma, and Broadway Bodies.” Special issue, The Journal Of American Drama and Theatre (accepted).

2012           “Acts of Recognition: Gesture and National Identity in Agnes de Mille’s ‘Civil War Ballet.’” Studies in Musical Theatre 6, no. 3: 325-333.

Book Chapter:

2019           “Style as Star: Bob Fosse and Sixty Seconds that Changed Broadway,” invited chapter to appear in The Routledge Companion to the Contemporary American                         Stage Musical, edited by Jessica Sternfeld and Elizabeth Wollman. London: Routledge (forthcoming).

Book Review:

2019          Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings, edited by Clare Croft. Theatre Survey 60, no 1: 166-168.

Other Professional Publications:

2017           “Assessing Active Learning Practice: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue. Co-authored with Kristen Hackett. Visible Pedagogy Project, The Graduate Center Teaching                        and Learning Center Blog, May 24.

2017           “Re-Membering the Canon: Sam Gold’s The Glass Menagerie.” Howlround.com, May 9.

2016          “On Building a Community in the Classroom.” HASTAC.org, March 10.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (refereed unless noted otherwise)

Plenary:

2017           “Broadway Bodies: Casting Difference in Broadway Musicals,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education annual meeting, Las Vegas, August 4.

Panel Convened:

2018          “Revolutions in Dance: Integrating Musical Theatre Historiography & Pedagogy,” co-convened with Phoebe Rumsey, Association for Theatre in Higher Education                      annual meeting, Boston, August 2.

Paper Presentations:

2018          “‘A Real Fat Girl’: Fat Stigma and Re-casting Effie,” Broadway Bodies conference, Washington University in St. Louis, September 29.

2018          “‘On Our Toes’: Incorporating Dance in Musical Theatre Syllabi,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education annual meeting, Boston, August 2.

2018          “Too Gay for You, Too Hetero for Me: The Homogenized Homosexuals of La Cage aux Folles,” Song, Stage and Screen XIII, UCLA, June 2.

2017           “‘We Are What We Are?’ Queer Masculinities in La Cage Aux Folles,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education annual meeting, Las Vegas, August 5.

2017           “Such a Big, Big Girl! Casting Fat Bodies on Broadway,” Song, Stage and Screen XII, University of Surrey, June 19.

2016           “Born on the Other Side: Disability and Queerness, Ancient and Modern,” American Society for Theatre Research annual meeting, Minneapolis, November 4.

2016          “Rethinking Ability in Deaf West’s Spring Awakening,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education annual meeting, Chicago, August 14.

2016          “Billy Elliot and Bodies at Work,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education annual meeting, Chicago, August 13.

2016           “The Love That Dare Sing Its Name: Lesbian Visibility and the Broadway Musical,” Song, Stage and Screen XI, City College, CUNY, June 29.

2015          “Dance Across Disciplines: Blurred Boundaries of Dance on Broadway,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education annual meeting, Montreal, August 1.

2015          “Style as Star: The Economy of Fosse,” Song, Stage and Screen X, Regent’s University, June 24.

2014           “Strike a Pose: Louis XIV, Madonna, and the Spectacular Economy of Image,” American Society for Theatre Research annual meeting, Baltimore, November 22.

2014          “Cole Porter and the Art of Queer Communication,” Song, Stage and Screen IX, Sheridan University, June 25.

2013          “Acts of Recognition: Gesture and National Identity in Agnes de Mille’s ‘Civil War Ballet,’” Association for Theatre in Higher Education annual meeting,                                      Washington, D.C., August 3.

Panels Chaired (invited):

2018          “Dance, Bodies, and Meaning,” Song, Stage and Screen XIII, UCLA, June 1.

2017           “Dances and Dreams,” Song, Stage and Screen XII, University of Surrey, June 19. 

INVITED LECTURES

2016          “Embodied Teaching and Mindfulness in Teaching,” Hunter College Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching, March 17.

2015          “Introducing the Futures Initiative,” Hunter College Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching, October 15.

2013          “One-on-One Conversation with Steven Hoggett,” Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, New York, July 13.

2010          “How to Watch Dance,” Macaulay Honors College/Baruch College, September 22.

AWARDS, GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

The Graduate Center, CUNY:

2019 Provost’s University Fellowship

2018          Theatre and Performance Excellence in Teaching Award nominee

2017          Dissertation Year Fellowship

2017          Doctoral Student Research Grant

2017          Conference Travel Award

2015          Writing Across the Curriculum Fellowship

2015          Futures Initiative Teaching Fellowship

2015          Conference Travel Award

2014          Graduate Teaching Fellowship

2013          Conference Travel Award

2011          University Fellowship

Hunter College, CUNY:

2018          President’s Initiatives Award for Student Engagement

External:

2012           Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholar Panelist, Association for Theatre in Higher Education annual meeting, Washington, D.C.

TEACHING

Courses Taught:

Dance History II Challenge Exam Lecturer (2018, one section)/Liberal Education for Arts Professionals/Saint Mary’s College of California  

Honors Seminar: The Arts in New York City (2017, one section)/Macaulay Honors College/Queens College, CUNY     

Speech Communication (2016-2017, three sections)/Baruch College, CUNY

World Theatre 3 (2016, 2018 two sections)/Hunter College, CUNY

Introduction to Theatre (2014-2015, three sections)/Hunter College, CUNY

SERVICE

University Service:

The Graduate Center, CUNY

2017          “Approaching Dance” Conference Co-Organizer, Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association

2015          Elected Doctoral Student Representative, Curriculum Committee, Theatre Program

Service to Profession:

Association for Theatre in Higher Education

2017          Elected Graduate Student Representative, Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group             

2017          Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholarship Panel Juror

2016          Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group Pre-Conference Committee

2013          Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholarship Panel Juror

Artistic Service:

2013           City Center “Off-Center” Artistic Advisory Board Member, Jeanine Tesori, Artistic Director 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

2014-15      Research Assistant to Dongshin Chang: Assisted with technology and pedagogy study

2014           Research Assistant to Martin Duberman: Archival researcher for The Emperor Has No Clothes: The Radical Voice of Doug Ireland (Boerum Hill Press, 2015)

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE (selection)

West Side Story, Male Swing (u/s A-rab, Big Deal), 50th Anniversary Tour; Gee-tar, Theater Under the Stars, Houston, TX. Jerome Robbins, choreographer, restaged by Alan Johnson and Joshua Bergasse.                  

Li’l Abner, Ensemble, Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT. Scott Schwartz, director/Patti Colombo, choreographer.

Incident at Chekhov Creek, a Dance Film by Marta Renzi. Featuring David Strathairn.

Brigadoon, Sword Dance Specialty, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, Auburn, NY. Charles Repole, director/Lori Leshner, choreographer.

Can-Can, Ensemble, 42nd. St Moon, San Francisco, CA. Greg MacKellan, director.

Annie Get Your Gun, Ensemble, Sierra Repertory Theater, Sonora, CA. Bob Boross, choreographer.

Broadway Theatre Project, Ensemble, Tampa Bay PAC, Tampa, FL. Ann Reinking, director/choreographer.

DANCE TRAINING

Ballet:        Christine Wright, Zvi Gotheiner, Marjorie Mussman

Jazz:          Jacob’s Pillow (Scholarship), Michael Owens, Debbie Roshe, Tony Stevens

Modern:     Paul Taylor Dance Company Intensive, Ruth Andrien

Tap:           Germaine Goodson

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Actor’s Equity Association

American Studies Association

Association for Theatre in Higher Education

American Society for Theatre Research

Dance Studies Association

 

 

 


Contact: rdonovan@gradcenter.cuny.edu