Dr. Charlotte M. Canning is a Professor of Performance as Public Practice at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her doctorate from the University of Washington. She is the author of Feminist Theaters In The USA: Staging Women's Experience (1996) and The Most American Thing in America: Circuit Chautauqua as Performance (2005) which won the 2006 Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History. This award is given each year to the best member of the UT faculty to receive this prestigious award. Her most recent books include Representing the Past: Essays in Performance Historiography, co-edited with Tom Postlewait (2010) and On the Performance Front: US Theatre and Internationalism (2015), the latter of which won the Joe A. Calloway Prize.
She has published in many journals, including Theatre Topics, Theatre Research International, Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, Theatre Annual, Theatre and LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory.Her work has also been included in such anthologies as Staging International Feminisms, Restaging the Sixties: Radical Theatres and their Legacies, Women Writing Plays: The New Historiographies, Twentieth Century American Drama and Virtual Gender: Fantasies of Embodied Space and Subjectivity.