Sunday, March 8, 2015

Drama Interest Group Presents Marlis Schweitzer, March 19th

The Drama Interest Group invites you to attend a lecture and a graduate workshop by

Marlis Schweitzer


Lecture: ‘My Word! How He is Kissing Her’: The Material Culture of Theatrical Promotion
March 19, 5pm, 3154 Angell Hall

This talk will examine the role of print media (specifically postcards and posters) in the promotion of foreign plays and performers to US audiences in the pre-World War I period. Schweitzer investigates how these objects circulated among, and directed interactions with, theatregoers from across the United States, inspiring new kinds of communal performances and redefining notions of global citizenship. Indeed, many people never entered a theatre yet actively consumed, responded to, and influenced the development of the theatre culture that surrounded them. Schweitzer’s analysis of the role of print media in the continental expansion of Broadway’s networks thus joins recent scholarship challenging traditional understandings of the temporal and spatial boundaries of the performance event.

Workshop: “Research Speed Dating”
March 20, 11:00am-12:30pm, 3241 Angell Hall

Graduate students work collaboratively in pairs under a tight deadline to develop a research project, complete with research question/s, methodology, and (if possible), a theoretical framework. Then they share their ideas with the rest of the group. The students then switch partners. Designed to brainstorm ideas and help students learn to find connections across disciplines.


Marlis Schweitzer is Associate Professor of Theatre at York University and editor of the journal Theatre Research in Canada. Her books include When Broadway Was the Runway (2009), Transatlantic Broadway: The Infrastructural Politics of Global Performance (2015), and the co-edited collection (with Joanne Zerdy) Performing Objects & Theatrical Things (2014). Her articles and chapters have appeared in a number of publications, includingTheatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Theatre Research International, TDR, Canadian Theatre Review, and the edited collection Performance and the City.


The Drama Interest Group is a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop.

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