Texas Tech University
TTU HomeTheatre & Dance Faculty Directory
Dorothy Chansky

Dorothy Chansky, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Theatre & Dance

Ph.D., New York University, Performance Studies

M.A., The Catholic University of America, Theatre

A.B., Smith College, English

Dorothy Chansky
is Director of the Humanities Center and teaches on the History/Theory/Criticism track in the School of Theatre and Dance at TTU. She is Vice President of the American Theatre and Drama Society.  Dr. Chansky holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University.  She is the author of two books, Composing Ourselves: The Little Theatre Movement and the American Audience (Southern Illinois UP, 2004); and the forthcoming Kitchen Sink Realisms: Domestic Labor, Dining, and Drama on the American State (U of Iowa P, 2015) and co-editor, with Ann Folino White, of Food and Theatre on the World Stage (Routledge, 2015).

Other publications include “American Higher Education and Dramatic Literature in(to) English” in the September, 2013, Theatre Survey; “From Graphic Narrative to Multi-Media Stage: Transmogrifying Diary of a Teenage Girlin The Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, December, 2011; “Burns Mantle and the American Theatregoing Public” in Theatre History Studies, 2011; “Usable Performance Feminism for Our Time: Reconsidering Betty Friedan” in Theatre Journal, October, 2008; and “American Passion Plays: Theatre Versions of the ‘Greatest Story Ever Told’ in the New Millennium” in TDR,Winter, 2006.  Dr. Chansky is the author of the Feminist Drama chapter (1945-present) for The Oxford Handbook of American Drama, edited by Jeffrey Richards and Heather Nathans (2014). 

Awards include the 2013 Betty Jean Jones Award, given by the American Theatre and Drama Society for Outstanding Teacher of American Theatre and Drama; and being inducted as a lifetime Fellow of the MidAmerica Theatre Conference in 2015. At Texas Tech she received a 2014 Faculty Recognition Award from Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa and a TTU President’s Book Award in 2006 for Composing Ourselves. Dr. Chansky was one of the Provost’s Integrated Scholars for 2011-2012.  In both 2009 and 2011 she was Outstanding Researcher for TTU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and in both those years she received the university-wide award for advising the best master’s thesis in the arts or humanities.  In 2009, she received a Research Enrichment Fund grant from Texas Tech and in 2007 she received an associateship at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center at Mt. Holyoke College, where she was in residence for a semester. In 2012, she received, along with Professor Carol Flueckiger in the School of Art, a Creative Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences grant to create and produce an interdisciplinary piece called Three Eleanors: Arts as Historiography, which examined not only how art and performance help create and circulate celebrity, but also how venue affects reception. Three Eleanors played in New York City for three weeks in 2013.

Dr. Chansky began her career as an actor in New York, where after seven years onstage, she wrote and produced off-Broadway an original musical about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge.  She has performed as an actor at TTU in Curtains, 9/11 Voices, and in the spring, 2015, 24-hour play festival.

Dr. Chansky edits Theatre Annual: A Journal of Theatre and Performance of the Americas.  She is a former Book Review Editor of Theatre Journal and a member of the Editorial Board of Theatre Topics.  She served for three years as a member of the Executive Committee of the American Society for Theatre Research and was also Director of Fellowships and Awards for ASTR for four years.  She is a member of the Translation, Adaptation, and Dramaturgy Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research.

Contact Dr. Dorothy Chansky