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University of Texas
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theatre, performance, feminism, USA, higher education, dramatic literature
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About Me

Charlotte M. Canning is the Frank C. Erwin, Jr., Centennial Professor of Drama in the Department of Theatre and Dance in the University of Texas at Austin, where she heads the Performance as Public Practice MA/MFA/PhD program.

She is the author of Feminist Theatres in the USA: Staging Women’s Experience (1996); The Most American Thing in America: Circuit Chautauqua as Performance (2006), recipient of the Barnard Hewett Award for Excellence in Theatre History; and On the Performance Front: US Theatre and Internationalism (2016), which received the Joe A. Calloway Award for the best book on drama in the previous two years. She is also the co-editor, with Tom Postlewait, of Representing the Past: Essays in Performance Historiography (2010).

She is currently writing a history of theatre in Texas for UT Press and co-editing, with Dr. Aoife Monks of Queen Mary College, London, an anthology of global feminist performance for Routledge Press. In 2018-19 she will be Chair of the Faculty Council at the University of Texas.

Recent Publications

“Dramatic Criticism’s Imperial Ambitions: Brander Matthews and the Establishment of Theatre in US Higher Education.” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 32.2. (Spring 2018): forthcoming.

With Paul Bonin-Rodriguez. “How a Nation Actually Works: Preparing Undergraduates for Activist Citizenship through the Arts,” Theatre, Performance and Change. Tamara Underiner and Stephani Etheridge-Woodson, eds. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 15-30.

“The Arts Race: Theatre’s Leading Role in the Founding of the NEA” American Theatre Magazine. October 2017.
“Predicting the Past.” The Lark. 5 April 2017.

With Paul Bonin-Rodriguez. “How Slashing the NEA Would Damage the US Economy.” Truthout. 19 March 2017.

“A Cold War Battleground: Catfish Row Versus the Nevsky Prospekt.” Theatre, Globalization and the Cold War. Berenika Szymanski-Düll and Christopher Balme, eds. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017. 25-44.

“When Will They Hear Our Voices?: Historicizing Gender, Performance, and Neoliberalism in the 1930s.” Performance, Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times. Candice Amich, Elin Diamond, and Denise Varney, eds. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 203-14.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Higher Ed, Race, Art