Dorothy Chansky, Ph.D.
Dorothy Chansky is a President's Excellence in Research Professor at TTU. She was Founding Director of Tech's Humanities Center and teaches on the History/Theory/Criticism track in the School of Theatre and Dance. She is immediate past President of the American Theatre and Drama Society and incoming Vice President for Publications of the American Society for Theatre Research. In April, she will be inducted into membership in the College of Fellows of the American Theatre.
Dr. Chansky is the author of two books, Composing Ourselves: The Little Theatre Movement and the American Audience (Southern Illinois UP, 2004) and Kitchen Sink Realisms: Domestic Labor, Dining, and Drama on the American State (U of Iowa P, 2015), and co-editor of Food and Theatre on the World Stage (Routledge, 2015). She is currently working on a book about representations of dementia on the American stage of the past hundred years.
Awards include two TTU President's Book Awards, one in 2006 for Composing Ourselves and a second in 2017 for Kitchen Sink Realisms; 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. In 2009, 2011, and again in 2016 she was Outstanding Researcher for TTU's J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts and in the same three years she received the university-wide award for advising the best master's thesis in the arts or humanities. She received a 2014 Faculty Recognition Award from Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa. Dr. Chansky was one of the Provost's Integrated Scholars for 2011-2012. 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, in the spring, 2015, the 24-hour play festival, and in 2018 in a staged reading of Selina Fillinger's Kakistocracy.
Dr. Chansky was editor of Theatre Annual: A Journal of Theatre and Performance of the Americas from 2011-2016. 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.
Ph.D., New York University, Performance Studies
M.A., The Catholic University of America, Theatre
A.B., Smith College, English