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Michael Lueger

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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Learning About Mary Ann Yates with Dr. Elaine McGirr
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Learning About Mary Ann Yates with Dr. Elaine McGirr

Theatre History Podcast #68

October 08, 2018

Why is Mary Ann Yates the greatest actress you've never heard of? Dr. Elaine McGirr introduces us to this eighteenth-century star and recounts her fascinating career.

Dr. Derek Miller on the History of Performance and Copyright
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Dr. Derek Miller on the History of Performance and Copyright

September 24, 2018

In this week's Theatre History Podcast, Dr. Derek Miller joins us to talk about the origins and development of theatrical copyright.

Dr. Sara BT Thiel on Pregnancy on the Stage in Early Modern English Drama
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Dr. Sara BT Thiel on Pregnancy on the Stage in Early Modern English Drama

September 04, 2018

How do you depict pregnancy when you're working with an all-male cast? Dr. Sara BT Thiel joins us to discuss this and other issues connected to pregnancy on the Stuart stage.

Playing Around with Nineteenth-Century Theatre in Dr. Robert Davis’s Broadway
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Playing Around with Nineteenth-Century Theatre in Dr. Robert Davis’s Broadway

1849

July 25, 2018

Could you make it as the manager of a New York City theatre in the 1840s? That's the question that Dr. Robert Davis's game and app Broadway:1849 poses to players. Robert joins us to talk about the rough-and-tumble world of New York's antebellum theatre.

Learning About Modern Indonesian Theatre with Dr. Cobina Gillitt
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Learning About Modern Indonesian Theatre with Dr. Cobina Gillitt

July 10, 2018

Dr. Cobina Gillitt joins the Theatre History Podcast to introduce us to the work of Putu Wijaya and his Teater Mandiri and to explain how modern Indonesian theatre has developed amid the turmoil of its recent history.

After the Big Top
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After the Big Top

CarlosAlexis Cruz on the Evolution of Modern Circus

June 27, 2018

How has the circus changed from its earliest origins to today? CarlosAlexis Cruz joins us to explain how acrobatics and storytelling have come to replace the big top and the three-ring circus.

Theatre and Civil Rights
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Theatre and Civil Rights

Dr. Julie Burrell on the Importance of A Medal for Willie

June 05, 2018

How did Black theatre connect with the Civil Rights Movement? Dr. Julie Burrell of Cleveland State University joins the Theatre History Podcast to talk about William B. Branch's one-act play A Medal for Willie and the underappreciated radicalism of theatre in the 1950s.

Chantal Bilodeau on “Breaking Up with Aristotle” and Finding New Ways to Tell Stories Onstage
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Chantal Bilodeau on “Breaking Up with Aristotle” and Finding New Ways to Tell Stories Onstage

May 07, 2018

Playwright Chantal Bilodeau joins us to discuss her essay "Why I'm Breaking Up with Aristotle," and how we need to explore new forms of storytelling in order to create theatre that engages with issues like climate change.

Lost Worlds and “Pansexual Extravaganzas”
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Lost Worlds and “Pansexual Extravaganzas”

Rediscovering Weimar Operetta with Dr. Kevin Clarke

April 17, 2018

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
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Taking Shakespeare’s Measure in the Twenty-First Century

Dr. Nora Williams and Measure (Still) for Measure

April 03, 2018

Dr. 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
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Theatre History Podcast #58

What We Think About When We Think About Casting: Dr. Amy Cook’s Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting

March 06, 2018

Dr. Amy Cook of Stony Brook University joins us to discuss her new book, Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting.

Theatre History Podcast #57
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Theatre History Podcast #57

Dr. Claudia Orenstein on the Evolving Art of Tolpavakoothu

February 20, 2018

Dr. Claudia Orenstein of Hunter College introduces us to the art of tolpavakoothu, a shadow puppet tradition from Kerala, in southern India.

Theatre History Podcast #56
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Theatre History Podcast #56

How to Succeed in (Early Modern Show) Business: Dr. David Nicol’s Philip Henslowe Blog

February 06, 2018

Dr. David Nicol talks about his project to turn early modern theatre manager Philip Henslowe's "diary" into a daily blog.

Theatre History Podcast #55
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Theatre History Podcast #55

Examining the Controversial History of the “Mummers Wench” with Dr. Christian DuComb

January 24, 2018

Dr. Christian DuComb of Colgate University joins us to talk about Philadelphia's Mummers Parade and how the figure of the "Mummers wench" has its roots in the history of blackface minstrel shows.

Theatre History Podcast #54
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Theatre History Podcast #54

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart: Tracy Heather Strain Shows Us a Different Side of Lorraine Hansberry

January 17, 2018

Filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain talks about her new documentary Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, which explores the life and work of playwright Lorraine Hansberry.

Theatre History Podcast #53
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Theatre History Podcast #53

Rediscovering Sheridan’s Smash Hit Pizarro with Dr. Selena Couture & Dr. Alex Dick

January 10, 2018

Dr. Selena Couture and Dr. Alexander Dick discuss their new Broadview edition of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's landmark 1799 melodrama Pizarro.

Theatre History Podcast #52
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Theatre History Podcast #52

Remembering Argentina’s Traumatic Past Through Theatre with Dr. Noe Montez

December 12, 2017

Dr. Noe Montez of Tufts University joins us to talk about how Argentina's theatre have dealt with the legacy of the country's period of military dictatorship.

Theatre History Podcast #51
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Theatre History Podcast #51

Death-Defying Acts with Amy Meyer

December 05, 2017

Amy Meyer joins us to talk about acrobatic accidents in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as what they tell us about our appetite for risky entertainment.

Theatre History Podcast #50
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Theatre History Podcast #50

Opening Up New Approaches to Acting with Dr. Sharrell D. Luckett

November 14, 2017

Dr. Sharrell Luckett joins us to discuss her new book Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches.

Theatre History Podcast #49
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Theatre History Podcast #49

Dr. Erin Mee on Modern and Contemporary Indian Theatre

November 07, 2017

Dr. Erin Mee of New York University joins us for the second part of our series on Indian theatre. In this episode, she explains how modern Indian theatre developed in the decades before and after independence.

Theatre History Podcast #48
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Theatre History Podcast #48

Learning About Kutiyattam with Dr. Erin Mee

October 31, 2017

Dr. Erin Mee of New York University joins us to discuss kutiyattam, a style of theatre from southwestern India that brings ancient Sanskrit dramas to life.

Theatre History Podcast #47
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Theatre History Podcast #47

Translating An Enemy of the People with Dr. Paul Walsh

October 23, 2017

Dr. Paul Walsh of the Yale School of Drama joins us to discuss his work translating Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People for the opening production of the Yale Repertory Theatre's 52nd season.

Theatre History Podcast Announcement
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Theatre History Podcast Announcement

October 02, 2017

A Theatre History Podcast announcement from Michael Lueger. 

Theatre History Podcast #46
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Theatre History Podcast #46

Reimagining Shakespeare’s Legacy with Madeline Sayet

September 14, 2017

Madeline Sayet joins us to talk about how she's producing Shakespeare's work with Native American artists to place them in a new, more diverse context.

Theatre History Podcast #45
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Theatre History Podcast #45

Rethinking Amateur Theatricals with David Coates

August 29, 2017

David Coates talks about his research into amateur theatricals in the nineteenth century.