Michael Lueger is an adjunct professor at Emerson College and Northeastern University, where he teaches theatre history. His blog “Abstract and Brief” features images and essays on theatre history. His work has appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed publications, such as the recent Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater, and on WBUR’s Cognoscenti page. Follow him on Twitter with the handle @theaterhistory.
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Dr. Kevin Clarke of the Operetta Research Center introduces us to Weimar-era operetta, which pushed artistic and social boundaries and is finally enjoying an artistic and scholarly reappraisal after decades of neglect.
Taking Shakespeare’s Measure in the Twenty-First Century: Dr. Nora Williams and Measure (Still) for MeasureDr. Nora Williams joins us to talk about Measure (Still) for Measure , a devised theatre project in the US that revises Shakespeare's infamous "problem play" in order to engage with issues such as sexual consent.
Theatre History Podcast #58: What We Think About When We Think About Casting: Dr. Amy Cook’s Building Character: The Art and Science of CastingDr. Amy Cook of Stony Brook University joins us to discuss her new book, Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting .
Dr. Claudia Orenstein of Hunter College introduces us to the art of tolpavakoothu, a shadow puppet tradition from Kerala, in southern India.