Professor of Drama at Tufts University, Barbara Wallace Grossman is a theater historian and director. She is the author of Funny Woman: The Life and Times of Fanny Brice (Indiana University Press) and A Spectacle of Suffering: Clara Morris on the American Stage, recently published by Southern Illinois University Press. A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts (1994-1999) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (2000-2005), she currently serves as on the Holocaust Museum’s Committee on Conscience. She is Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is a member of its Executive, Advocacy, and Grants Committees. She also co-chairs the American Repertory Theatre’s Advisory Board.
Professor Grossman teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at Tufts including The American Musical, Imagining the Holocaust on Stage and Screen, Confronting Genocide on Stage and Screen, and Domestic Tragedy (among others). As a director, her work has ranged from Our Country’s Good to Arcadia, The Learned Ladies to Tales of the Lost Formicans. Her most recent productions have been musicals: A Little Night Music, Parade, Company, and Kiss Me, Kate. With her distinguished colleague Laurence Senelick, she adapted, co-directed, and performed in Cabaret at the End of the World: Songs and Sketches from the Ghettos and Concentration Camps. She also appears as a vocalist with The Jumbo Knish Factory (the Klezmer ensemble at Tufts) and sings with the Choir of Temple Emanuel in Newton.
An honors graduate of Smith College with a M.F.A. in Directing from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, Professor Grossman earned her Ph.D. at Tufts University.
She is married to Steve Grossman (Princeton ’67), a businessman and Democratic candidate for Treasurer of Massachusetts. Their children are David Grossman and Mary Jo Sisk (both Princeton ’98), Ben Grossman (Princeton ’02) and Rebecca Walker, and Joshua Grossman.