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Bethany Hughes

Assistant Professor of American Culture/Native American Studies at the University of Michigan

Bethany Hughes is an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan. Her research interests (performance, race, Native plays/playwrights) are influenced by her background in which she trained as a musical theatre performer, worked as a Development Associate in not-for-profit theatre, and is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She is interested in the business of theatre, the genre of musical theatre, and how aesthetic and legal performances of Native American identity shape the Native American experience. Her academic writing can be found in Theatre Survey, Theatre Research in Canada, the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and forthcoming in Theatre Topics.

Off the Rails

Off the Rails

Look at Shakespeare, See a Native Play

22 January 2018

Off the Rails, which was produced at OSF in October, shows how Native plays can include depictions or descriptions of Native history as an element of lived experience, not as the entirety of the play’s purpose.