Dorothy Chansky, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Theatre & Dance
Dorothy Chansky writes about American theatre, audiences, feminist theatre, and, most recently about translation. Her book, Composing Ourselves: The Little Theatre Movement and the American Audience, won a President's Book Award at Texas Tech in 2006. Her work has appeared in Theatre Journal, TDR, Text and Performance Quarterly, Women and Performance, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre History Studies, and The Journal of Adaptation in Performance and Film. Dorothy served as book review editor of Theatre Journal (2002-2004) and as editor of Theatre Annual (2011-2013). She writes criticism for New York Theatre Wire and was a regular contributor to the (now defunct) InTheater and TheaterWeek (1990-1999). She served as guest critic and as a respondent for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American College Theatre Festival three times (2003-2005). Dorothy began her career as an actor in New York. She wrote and produced The Brooklyn Bridge, a musical about the building of one of New York's icons, for its centennial in 1983. After six years in arts management, including work in public relations at Lincoln Center, she earned at Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University in 1997. Dorothy heads the History/Theory/Criticism track in Theatre & Dance and is proud of having advised the winners of the Best Masters Thesis in Arts and Humanities at TTU in 2009 and 2011. She has twice been named Outstanding Researcher in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Dorothy is working on a book about domestic labor on the American stage.