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Faculty News - Fall 2016

Assistant Professor Natalya Baldyga
Natalya had an essay accepted for publication in Theatre Survey. She also worked on the first draft of her new translation of The King Stag, Carlo Gozzi's eighteenth-century comedy that she is adapting and directing at Tufts this winter. This fall, she presented at the annual conference of the American Society for Theatre Research.

This summer she directed a production of Sarah Ruhl's Orlando for the Stonington Opera House in Stonington, Maine, in collaboration with some wonderful Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies colleagues, Danny McCusker, Ted Simpson, and Brian Lilienthal. The Ellsworth American had an excellent write-up for the show.  Watch a review of Orlando.

Professor of the Practice Jennifer Burton
One-shot film Half the History: Margaret Lothrop and the Wayside was shot in Concord, the historic home of writers including Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Harriett Lothrop. The film was produced last year by Five Sisters Productions with Jennifer’s Producing for Film class at Tufts.

The Tufts Daily discusses the project and how it enriched students. Watch the film.

Dance Program Director Renata Celichowska
Movement returned to the Tufts in Talloires Summer Program in France this summer, where Renata had students performing in the Tufts Priory, along Lake Annecy, and in the village of Talloires as part of the Dance Movement & Creative Process course.

Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor Kareem Khubchandani
Kareem was a panelist at the Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts Colloquium 2016, DRAG FACE. He discussed his upcoming book titled Ishtyle: Improvising Gay South Asian Nightlife, a performance ethnography of gay nightlife spaces in Bangalore and Chicago. Read more about the colloquium.

Kareem also hosted "Dancing Against the Law: Critical Moves in Bangalore's Queer Nightlife", a talk sponsored by the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Tufts. The talk focused on India's recent rights-based LGBTQ activism — and understanding rights and protest through the lens of the dance-ban allowing for a more expansive understanding of who is queer in relation to state, as well as an opportunity to center the role of pleasure in protest.

"Three cheers for Kareem on his full house at his talk this afternoon — it was such a wonderful mixture of scholarship and performance. — Bravo!" - Department Chair, Professor Heather Nathans

Professor Barbara Wallace Grossman
Barbara had a busy and productive summer. She successfully submitted a proposal ("From FringeNYC to Broadway – Urinetown: The Musical") to ASTR's musical theatre working group and participated in a CELT Course Design Institute at Tufts. She worked hard on behalf of the Massachusetts Cultural Council to help override the Governor's veto of arts funding for the coming year. She spoke to the Boston Chapter of Hadassah on a topic of current research interest, "Telling American Stories: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musicals from Of Thee I Sing to Hamilton." She also recorded a CD with her choir, Kol Emanuel.

Senior Lecturer and Head of Dance Performance, Daniel McCusker
Danny continued his creative work with director and Tufts colleague, Natalya Baldyga on her production of Orlando for Opera House Arts in Stonington ME. He has recently been identified as a finalist for a Choreography Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Director of Graduate Studies, Assistant Professor Noe Montez
Noe was elected as the Executive Committee Representative to the Committee on Conferences for the American Society of Theatre Research. He was also appointed as Director of Graduate Studies for Tufts Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. In December, his historical overview of Latinx Theatre "Visions and Voices" was published in the December 2016 online publication of American Theatre.

Department Chair, Professor Heather Nathans
In July 2016, Heather had the pleasure of participating in a roundtable on the musical Hamilton at the annual SHEAR Conference that was then broadcast on C-SPAN. Watch "History and Hamilton the Musical." 

Professor Nathans completed a new essay, "Nation and Ethnicity in American Performance and Theater" for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature, as well as a forthcoming article in the Journal of the Early Republic. She also presented for two conference sessions at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference, and taught as part of the Harvard Mellon School summer institute.

Fletcher Professor of Oratory Laurence Senelick
Laurence was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. He was appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of Early Popular Visual Culture. After thirty years as Director of Graduate Studies in Drama, Prof. Senelick stepped down and handed the mantle to Professor Noe Montez. He has the academic year 2016-17 off as a combination sabbatical and research semester, and is putting the finishing touches on his book on Offenbach's cultural influence.

Provincetown Tennessee Williams
Theater Festival
Lecturer and Production Manager, Jo Williams
Jo was Production Manager for the 2016 Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. She was joined by three current Tufts students: Micaela Slotin (Audience Services Associate), Jonathan Rooney (Sound Apprentice), and Peter Secrest (Research Assistant)