“American Pageant” at Sala Beckett’s Obrador d’estiu

This summer, I participated in Sala Beckett's (Barcelona, Spain) 12th annual Obrador d'estiu (Summer Workshop) as a member of the invited 10 person international participants. The workshop, run by Simon Stephens, focused on international dialogue and conversation between the playwrights. We also attended various plays at the Festival du Grec, Barcelona's premiere international theatre and … Continue reading “American Pageant” at Sala Beckett’s Obrador d’estiu

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“Capitalizing on Cool: The Music that Makes Girls” out now!

This August, my chapter "Capitalizing on Cool: The Music that Makes Girls" arrived via the new book HBO's Girls The Awkward Politics of Gender, Race, and Privilege. The collection, edited by Elwood Watson, Jennifer Mitchell, & Marc Edward Shaw, features 10 essays on the acclaimed HBO show ranging from musings about the guys of Girls to feminist politics. My own contribution investigates … Continue reading “Capitalizing on Cool: The Music that Makes Girls” out now!

“The Act of Being Saved: Hell House and the Salvific Performative” in Theatre Journal Vol. 66 No. 1

In March, Theatre Journal published "The Act of Being Saved: Hell House and the Salvific Performative," an essay exploring how Hell House is able to engineer conversions in its audience. I coin the term "salvific performative" to describe the speech act whereby one changes one's faith. Using first-hand visits to  Hell Houses at Guts Church (Tulsa) and … Continue reading “The Act of Being Saved: Hell House and the Salvific Performative” in Theatre Journal Vol. 66 No. 1