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Ryan Donovan

Ryan Donovan is a PhD candidate at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, where he researches casting, musicals, and theories of embodiment. 

Ryan Donovan is a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center/CUNY. His dissertation is entitled “Broadway Bodies: Casting Disability and Difference in Broadway Musicals since A Chorus Line.” Through investigating the connections between bodily fitness, casting, and representation, this project examines how Broadway musicals have employed stigmatized and non-normative bodies. Ryan’s writing appears in Studies in Musical Theatre and he has a chapter in the forthcoming Routledge Companion to the Post-1970s Musical. He teaches at Baruch College/CUNY and Hunter College/CUNY. He is guest co-editing an upcoming special issue of Studies in Musical Theatre on dance and musical theatre.

Re-membering the Canon
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Re-membering the Canon

Sam Gold’s The Glass Menagerie

9 May 2017

Ryan Donovan considers the critical reception of casting an actor with a disability in the current Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie.