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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


A faculty member in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies since 1991 with a doctorate in theatre from Tufts, Professor of Theatre Barbara Wallace Grossman is a "Double Jumbo"! She is a theatre historian, voice specialist, director, and author, who has strong interests as a scholar and practitioner in American popular entertainment, musical theatre, Holocaust and genocide-related theatre and film, Yiddish theatre, voice and speech, directing, and arts advocacy.

A presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts (1994-1999) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (2000-2015), she recently completed a twelve-year term of service as Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (2007-2019). 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 the Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts) and its TheaterWorks program.

At Tufts Professor Grossman chairs the Academic Awards Committee and is a member of the Academic Standing and Honors Committee as well as 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 received the Outstanding Service Award from the Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2015.

Professor Grossman teaches a variety of TDPS courses including The American Musical, Pulitzer-Prize-Winning Musicals, Voice & Speech: The Art of Confident Expression, Confronting Genocide on Stage and Screen, and the First-Year Showcase. As a director of departmental productions, her dramatic work has ranged from Our Country’s Good to Our Class, The Illusion, Arcadia, Daybreak, and Kin. Musical productions have included A Little Night Music, Parade, Company, Rent, and Kiss Me, Kate. After directing a staged reading of God of Vengeance for JArts last spring, she looks forward to working at Tufts this season on an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, the department's winter production, with colleague Daniel McCusker.

An honors graduate of Smith College with an A.B. in English Literature, she earned an M.A. in English from Brandeis University, an M.F.A. in Directing from Boston University, a Ph.D. in Theatre from Tufts, and certification in Voice and Speech from the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training.

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