ASTR 2022

Welcome to Northwestern’s virtual exhibit for the American Society for Theatre Research’s Annual Conference! Scroll down to browse notable books, read excerpts from recent publications, review submissions guidelines, request an exam copy, or contact an acquisitions editor.

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New Publications

The Crooked Mirror

Laurence Senelick, Laurence Senelick

Back Stages

Shannon Jackson

Queer Velocities

Jennifer Eun-Jung Row

Notable Books

Subjects of Affection

Anna Rosensweig

Brutal Beauty

Jisha Menon

Senegalese Stagecraft

Brian Valente-Quinn

Makeshift Chicago Stages

Megan E. Geigner, Stuart J. Hecht, Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud, Rosemarie K. Bank, Aymar Jean Christian, Shannon Epplett, Cat Gleason, Aaron Krall, LaRonika Marie Thomas, Laley Lippard, Laura A. Lodewyck, Meida McNeal, Travis Stern, Irina Zadov

Playing Real

Lindsay Brandon Hunter

Privileged Spectatorship

Dani Snyder-Young

Sistuhs in the Struggle

La Donna Forsgren

Sweet Tea

E. Patrick Johnson, Jane M. Saks

Tarell Alvin McCraney

Sharrell D. Luckett, David Román, Isaiah Matthew Wooden, Bryant Keith Alexander, Robert O'Hara, Katherine Nigh, Carlos Murillo, Jeffrey Q. McCune, Patrick Maley, Tina Landau, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Freda Scott Giles, Donette Francis, Shirley Jo Finney, Oskar Eustis, I. Augustus Durham, Trip Cullman, Soyica Diggs Colbert, Teo Castellanos, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Michael Boyd, GerShun Avilez, Alana Arenas, Jabari Ali, Tea Alagic, Tarell Alvin McCraney

The Necropolitical Theater

Jeffrey K. Coleman

Imitation Artist

Sunny Stalter-Pace


Magda Romanska, Kathleen Cioffi, Martin Leach, Michal Kobialka, Jacob Micah Juntunen, Grzegorz Niziolek, Klaudiusz Swiecicki, Hans-Thies Lehmann, Tamara Trojanowska, Agnieszka Legutko, Nina Kiraly, Lucja Iwanczewska, Mateusz Borowski, Kris Salata, Debra Caplan, Katarzyna Fazan, Lawrence Switzky, Izumi Ashizawa, Karolina Prykowska-Michalak, Anna Róza Burzynska, Agnieszka Tworek, Anna Królica, Lauren Dubowski, Herta Schmid

Staging Process

Rachel Anderson-Rabern

Viral Performance

Miriam Felton-Dansky

Time Slips

Jaclyn Pryor

The Director's Prism

Dassia N. Posner

Theater Games for Rehearsal

Viola Spolin, Carol Bleackley Sills, Rob Reiner


Read an excerpt from Back Stages: Essays across Art, Performance, and Public Life by Shannon Jackson.

Read an excerpt from Brutal Beauty: Aesthetics and Aspiration in Urban India by Jisha Menon.

Read an excerpt from Dancing on Violent Ground: Utopia as Dispossession in Euro-American Theater Dance by Arabella Stanger.

Read an excerpt from Institutional Theatrics: Performing Arts Policy in Post-Wall Berlin by Brandon Woolf.

Read an excerpt from The Philosopher’s Toothache: Embodied Stoicism in Early Modern English Drama by Donovan Sherman.

Read an excerpt from Senegalese Stagecraft: Decolonizing Theater-Making in Francophone Africa by Brian Valente-Quinn.

Read an excerpt from Staging Lives in Latin American Theater: Bodies, Objects, Archives by Paola S. Hernández.

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Review Northwestern’s submissions guidelines.

In Conversation: Lisa B. Thompson and E. Patrick Johnson

“In Conversation: Lisa B. Thompson and E. Patrick Johnson” took place September 16, 2020 and was hosted by Liz Murice Alexander, the inaugural Mellon Diversity Fellow at NUP. The award-winning scholars and artists reflected on how their recent plays examine complex Black experiences.

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