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Tufts University
Dept. of Theatre, Dance,
and Performance Studies
Aidekman 207
40 Talbot Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2535
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Barbara Wallace Grossman


Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies Barbara Wallace Grossman is a theater historian, voice specialist, director and author whose publications include Funny Woman: The Life and Times of Fanny Brice and A Spectacle of Suffering: Clara Morris on the American Stage. A presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts (1994-1999) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (2000-2005), she has been Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council since 2007 and recently completed her term of service on the Leadership Council for Boston Creates, a community-wide effort to build a shared vision for Boston's creative future. She continues her long affiliation with the American Repertory Theater as a member of its Board of Advisors and also serves on the Anti-Defamation League's New England Regional Board, as well as on the Artistic Advisory Board for JArts (the Jewish Arts Collaborative). A founding member of IMAGe (Initiative on Mass Atrocities and Genocide) at Tufts, she chairs the Academic Awards Committee and is a member of the Academic Standing and Honors Committee and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Executive Committee. Inducted into the Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Tufts in 2010 in recognition of her contribution to the arts and the university community, she won the GSAS Outstanding Service Award in spring 2015 and the Mayor Thomas M. Menino Memorial Award for Inspired Support of the Arts in Boston (presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company) the following year.

Professor Grossman teaches a variety of courses at Tufts including The American Musical, Imagining the Holocaust on Stage and Screen, Confronting Genocide on Stage and Screen, Voice and Speech: the Art of Confident Expression, and the First-Year Showcase. As a director, her dramatic work has ranged from Our Country's Good to Our Class, The Illusion to Arcadia. Musical productions have included A Little Night Music, Parade, Company, Kiss Me, Kate, and Rent. To commemorate the centennial of the Armenian genocide in 2015, she directed Daybreak by Boston-area playwright Joyce Van Dyke, based on the experience of two genocide survivors. She directed Bathsheba Doran's Kin at Tufts in fall 2017.

Courses Taught

DR 8 First-Year Showcase
DR 28 Voice and Speech: the Art of Confident Expression
DR 33 The American Musical
DR 72 Imagining the Holocaust on Stage and Screen
DR 93-03: Contemporary Musical Theater
DR 235 Molière and the Theatre of His Time
DR 240 History of Popular Entertainment
DR 254 Domestic Tragedy: Sexuality, Identity, Performance
DR 272 Confronting Genocide on Stage and Screen