Theater: Theory/Text/Performance (Series)

Theory/Text/Performance collects the best of new scholarly work in theater and performance studies. The series has been recognized by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education with an Award for Excellence in Editing, the first award of its kind by the association.

Series Editors
David Krasner, Five Towns College
Jen Parker-Starbuck, Royal Holloway, University of London
Harvey Young, Boston University

Founding Editor
Enoch Brater, University of Michigan

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Theater, War, and Memory in Crisis

Vichy, Algeria, the Aftermath

Explores how French dramatists addressed violence, conflict, and war trauma after the German occupation and Algerian War

Readying the Revolution

African American Theater and Performance from Post-World War II to the Black Arts Movement

A critical history of Black culture post-World War II that helped cultivate the spirit of Black revolutionary theater

Fantasies of Ito Michio

Chronicles Ito Michio’s career and explores how fantasy sustains a life disrupted by war, racialization, and imperialism

Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way

Mapping Embodied Indigenous Performance

A unique in-depth study of a culture-specific approach to Indigenous dramaturgy that challenges Eurocentric ideologies

Racing the Great White Way

Black Performance, Eugene O’Neill, and the Transformation of Broadway

How artists of color challenged racist stereotypes on the Broadway stage

Democracy Moving

Bill T. Jones, Contemporary American Performance, and the Racial Past

Explores the potential of movement to create and revise historical narratives of race and nation

Moving Islands

Contemporary Performance and the Global Pacific

A pathbreaking exploration of the international and intercultural connections within Oceanian performance

Scenes from Bourgeois Life

Reveals theatre’s central role in the formation of bourgeois subjectivity

Performance Constellations

Networks of Protest and Activism in Latin America

Demonstrates the power of embodied and digital networks in confronting neoliberal sociopolitical regimes in the Americas

Interchangeable Parts

Acting, Industry, and Technology in US Theater

Revisits the history of acting pedagogy and performance practice to reveal the influence of industrial culture and philosophy on theater and film


Classical Theater and Broken Memory

Theorizing the effects of memory, absence, and disappearance in classical theater—the aesthetics of ruins

Gaming the Stage

Playable Media and the Rise of English Commercial Theater

Illuminates the fascinating, intertwined histories of games and the Early Modern theater

Immersions in Cultural Difference

Tourism, War, Performance

How immersive simulations—from a fictional border-crossing site to a mock terrorist training camp—attempt to foster understanding across cultures


Crucibles for Theater and Time

 Explores what brevity can teach us about the powers and limits of theater

Performing the Intercultural City

Explores how theater in Toronto, the world’s most multicultural city, vibrantly reflects its diversity and cultural makeup

Haunted City

Three Centuries of Racial Impersonation in Philadelphia

Traces the deep roots of Philadelphia’s annual Mummers Parade and the city’s history of blackface masking and other forms of racial impersonation


Long Suffering

American Endurance Art as Prophetic Witness

An unflinching, illuminating look at three U.S. artists and their performances of suffering

Alienation Effects

Performance and Self-Management in Yugoslavia, 1945-91

Examines the interplay of artistic, political, and economic performance in the former Yugoslavia and reveals their inseparability

After Live

Possibility, Potentiality, and the Future of Performance

An exploration of how live events—theater, dance, and installation art—stage encounters between the present and a radically ambivalent future

Passionate Amateurs

Theatre, Communism, and Love

A rich, historically grounded exploration of why theater and performance matter in the modern world

Coloring Whiteness

Acts of Critique in Black Performance

Reading representations of whiteness by contemporary African American performers and artists

The Captive Stage

Performance and the Proslavery Imagination of the Antebellum North

A revealing exploration of Northern proslavery sentiment during the period before the Civil War


Theater, Philosophy, and the Performing Self

The first philosophical study devoted solely to acting, offering a meditation on the spillover from acting to life


Participatory Performance and the Making of Meaning

How simulated experiences—from living history to emergency preparedness drills—create meaning in performance