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Faculty News - Spring 2017

Noe Montez Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure
May 2017

Professor Noe Montez
The Department is proud to announce the promotion of Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Noe Montez to Associate Professor with tenure! The promotion will be effective on September 1. Noe has been a faculty member at Tufts University since 2011, joining the Department of Drama and Dance after serving as the Cleveland Play House's Dramaturg for two seasons.

He received his Ph.D., M.A. Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism at Indiana University and his B.A. English/Theatre and Dance at Grinnell College.

Congratulations Noe, we're lucky to have you here!

Laurence Senelick Inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre
April 2017

On Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Fletcher Professor of Oratory Laurence Senelick was one of five new members inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. This is a signal honor, for the College elects only individuals of national stature in educational and professional theatre, recognized for their distinguished service and notable accomplishment. The College originated in 1965 within the American Educational Theatre Association, and, from its beginnings, investiture in the College was one of the highest honors bestowed on educators and professionals of American’s theatre community. There are presently no more than 130 Fellows, drawn from actors, critic, designers, directors, playwrights, producers, program administrators, distinguished teachers and scholars associated with the commercial and educational wings of the American theatre.

Brian Lillienthal Lighting Designer for the World Premiere of My 80 Year Old Boyfriend
April 2017

Lecturer Brian Lillienthal designed the lights for the world premiere of My 80 Year Old Boyfriend by Christian Duhamel and Edward Bell, conceived and performed by Charissa Bertels; Directed by Sean Daniels. The show ran at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell.
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Kendra Bell Costume Designer for World Premiere Musical: The Kiss
April 2017

Lecturer Kendra Bell worked on the designs for World Premiere Musical: The Kiss at the Berklee Performance Center. For more information, visit their website.

Gretchen Hayden-Ruckert Honored by INDIA New England News
April 2017

INDIA New England News, the oldest and largest print, online, and video magazine serving the Indian-American community in the region, included Dance Lecturer Gretchen Hayden-Ruckert on their list of the Outstanding Women of 2017. She was honored at the Woman of the Year Awards gala on May 26. Gretchen is the founder of the Chhandam Institute of Kathak Dance (Chandika). View the full list of recipients.

Monica White Ndounou Directed a Staged Reading of Waiting for Giovanni: A Dream Play by Jewelle Gomez
April 2017

Professor Monica White Ndounou Directed a Staged Reading of Waiting for Giovanni: A Dream Play by Jewelle Gomez at Harvard University. The play reading was followed by a short panel discussion, moderated by Robin Bernstein, featuring Glenda Carpio, Monica White Ndounou, and Linda Schlossberg. Following the panel, Jewelle Gomez offered a brief response.
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Jo Williams Associate Produces Finish Line
March 2017

Lecturer and Production Manager Jo Williams was the associate producer for Finish Line, a documentary play about the 2013 Boston Marathon, which completed a run at Boston's Boch Theater in March. The play was directed by Joey Frangieh. Portions of the proceeds were donated to support the Martin Richard Foundation and Martin's Park. Read more about this story of recovery, resilience, and determination.

I just saw 'Finish Line' downtown and it is a striking and uplifting piece of theatre – Heather Nathans, Chair, Professor, Department of Drama and Dance

Jennifer Burton's Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens Poster
Jennifer Burton's Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens Opened in Theaters!
March 2017

Congratulations to Professor of the Practice Jennifer Burton and her Five Sisters Production Co for the cinema release of Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens, which opened in New York at the Cinema Village and Columbus at the Gateway Film Center on March 3.

Go beyond gender boundaries! Through the compelling stories of 8 performers in the thriving drag scene of Columbus, Ohio, Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens dives into the next frontier — the often misunderstood topic of "gender" itself. With humor and pathos, KQIB makes a complex subject approachable — inviting viewers into a conversation about the distinct differences between gender, sex, and sexuality that has not been represented in film before. Notably, KQIB is the first film to include the entire gender performance range: drag kings, queens, trans performers, and in-betweeners. This award-winning film draws the viewer in to a crucial discussion in current events about human rights, experience — and ultimately about identity itself.
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Tufts celebrated the film opening with a Tisch Library screening of the film in March 2017. The screening also included a post-show talk Jennifer Burton and Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor Kareem Khubchandani.

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Linda Girard Costume Designer for A Picasso
March 2017

Mugford Street Players of Marblehead presented Jeffrey Hatcher’s cat-and-mouse suspense drama, A Picasso, in the MLT Firehouse Theater in Marblehead. Costumes were designed by Linda Girard, Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies. Linda also designed the costumes for two upcoming summer productions at the Gloucester Stage, Bank Job by John Kolvembach and The Rainmaker by Richard Nash.

The American Theatre and Drama Society's Seventh Annual "Brilliance of the American Theatre", featuring Heather Nathans
March 2017

The Drama Book Shop in NYC hosted The American Theatre and Drama Society for their Seventh Annual "Brilliance of the American Theatre". The authors appearing in the shop's Arthur Seelen Theatre that evening included Heather Nathans, Peter Zazzali, and Chrystyna Dail. Of Nathans, The Drama Book Shop said: "Nathans is one of the academy's most prolific and revered scholars. She's the immediate past-president of the American Society for Theatre Research and a former president of the American Theatre and Drama Society. She's published widely on race, Shakespeare, and the history of the American theatre. Her new book is titled Hideous Characters and Beautiful Pagans: Performing Jewish Identity on the Antebellum American Stage."

Oedipus the King by Laurence Senelick

Hideous Characters and Beautiful Pagans: Performing Jewish Identity on the Antebellum American Stage by Heather Nathans
Heather Nathans and Laurence Senelick on Tufts Published Authors List
March 2017

The Department of Drama and Dance had two authors on the list of Tufts published authors this year:

Fletcher Professor of Oratory Laurence Senelick. Oedipus the King by Sophocles, translated from the Greek. Broadway Play Publishers, 2017. Available on Amazon.com.

Department Chair Professor Heather Nathans. Hideous Characters and Beautiful Pagans: Performing Jewish Identity on the Antebellum American Stage. University of Michigan Press, 2017. Available on Amazon.com.

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Noe Montez wins the 2017 Robert A. Schanke Research Award from the Mid-America Theatre Conference
March 2017

Three cheers to Assistant Professor Noe Montez for receiving the 2017 Robert A. Schanke Research Award from the Mid-America Theatre Conference. The award is given annually to an untenured faculty presenter at the Theatre History Symposium and carries a consideration for publication in Theatre History Studies, the journal of the Mid-America Theatre Conference.

Professor Monica Ndounou at the Black Cinema House in Chicago
March 2017

Professor Monica Ndounou was at the Black Cinema House in Chicago for a Screening and Book Party for the leading scholars in Black Film (including a book signing, celebration and screening of of favorite clips from black films and television shows). She was signing copies of her book, Shaping the Future of African American Film: Color-Coded Economics and the Story Behind the Numbers. She also presented her research on 21st Century film representations of slavery and audience responses in the Black Lives Matter era at annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference.

Take My Nose, Please, a film featuring Barbara Wallace Grossman won the Knight Documentary Achievement Award at the Miami Film Festival.
March 2017

Take My Nose, Please a film by Joan Kron won the Knight Documentary Achievement Award at the Miami Film Festival. In the film about female comics and plastic surgery, Professor Barbara Wallace Grossman talks about Fanny Brice, who was one of the first celebrities to have a highly publicized rhinoplasty. Learn more about the film on Facebook.

Kareem Khubchandani featured in Tufts Publications
Winter 2017

Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor Kareem Khubchandani was included in the new "Faculty Focus" story featuring new faculty (as of Fall 2016)

Kareem was also featured in The Tufts Daily in an article about the Tufts Bridge Professorships Program and Mellon Bridge Assistant Professorships Program. Of the program, he said, "I do think that fostering an interdisciplinary community across a campus, whether it's through a Bridge hire or just encouraging and making space for people to meet and connect across disciplines, is important".
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