Dorothy Chansky, Dr.
Office: Drane Hall 201
Dorothy Chansky was Founding Director of the Humanities Center and teaches on the History/Theory/Criticism track in the School of Theatre and Dance at TTU. She is 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 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 “Pushing Paper, Pushing Hands, Pushing the Envelope: Three Eleanors (Arts as Historiography) as Theatrical Translation Across Media,” in The Pushing Hands of Translation and its Theory (Routledge, 2016); “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 Girl” in 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) and the entry on “Audiences” for Digital Theatre +.
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 won two TTU President's Book Awards, one in 2006 for Composing Ourselves and a second in 2017 for Kitchen Sink Realisms. In 2018, she was named a President's Research Professor. 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, and in the spring, 2015, the 24-hour play festival.
Dr. Chansky is the immediate past editor of 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.
Ph.D., New York University, Performance Studies
M.A., The Catholic University of America, Theatre
A.B., Smith College, English