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Stacy Wolf

Professor Wolf is the author of A Problem Like Maria: Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical (University of Michigan Press, 2002). She has published articles on theatre spectatorship, performance pedagogy, and musical theatre in many journals, including Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, and Women and Performance. She was the editor of Theatre Topics:  A Journal of Pedagogy and Praxis in 2001-2003.  Professor Wolf also has experience as a director and dramaturg.

Wolf holds a B.A. in English from Yale and an M.A. in Drama from the University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation, Theatre as Social Practice: Local Ethnographies of Audience Reception, uses reception theories and methods from theatre and performance studies, literary, film, and television studies, anthropology, and sociology to explore the complex and contradictory ways that audiences make use of theatre.  All but one chapter of her dissertation have been published as articles.

Recent publications include “Wicked’s Women and Other Queer Conventions in the 21st Century Broadway Musical” (Theatre Journal, 2008); "Wicked Divas, Musical Theater, and Internet Girl Fans” (Camera Obscura, 2007); and “In Defense of Pleasure: Musical Theatre History in the Liberal Arts [A Manifesto]” (Theatre Topics, 2007).  Her essay, "'We'll Always Be Bosom Buddies': Female Duets and the Queering of Broadway Musical Theatre" in GLQ [Gay and Lesbian Quarterly] (2006), won the year’s award for Best Essay in Theatre Studies from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.  

Wolf's work-in-progress expands her interest in performances of gender and sexuality in the American Broadway musical.  Her forthcoming book (Oxford UP), Defying Gravity: Gender and Genre in Musical Theatre from the 1950s to the 21st Century, analyzes the connections between gender and genre in the American musical.  She is also working on an essay on dinner theatre and middlebrow culture; a biography of Mary Martin; and is co-editing, with Raymond Knapp and Mitchell Morris, The Oxford Handbook of American Musical Theatre and Film.

Wolf teaches courses in American musical theatre history, dramaturgy, dramatic literature and play analysis, performance theory, and reception theories.

Prior to her current appointment Stacy was an Associate Professor in the Performance as Public Practice Program in the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Texas at Austin, where she taught from 2000-2008.  At Texas, Professor Wolf also taught in the Plan II Honors Program and received a Theatre & Dance teaching award in 2006.  Wolf’s other teaching positions include Assistant Professor at the George Washington University in English and Theatre and Dance (1996-2000) and Assistant Professor in the School of Theatre at Florida State University (1994-1996).

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