Marcia S. Blumberg

Department of English

Associate Professor

Office: Stong College, 344
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 33847
Emailblumberg@yorku.ca

Marcia Blumberg teaches courses on theatre from the Greeks to the present and specializes in modern and contemporary drama and performance from South Africa, Britain and America. She has published many articles especially on South African theatre. She is co-editor of South African Theatre And/As Intervention (1999) and is working on a project “Theatre of ‘Post Apartheid’ South Africa: New Directions”.

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Area of Specialization

English

Degrees

Ph.D., English, York University
M.A., English, York University
B.A. Honours, English (summa cum laude), York University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROFESSION

Editorial Boards
2010- Editorial Board Member, South African Theatre Journal

Manuscript Reviewing
University of South Africa Press (Nov. 2009), Contemporary Theatre Review (Nov. 2008), Indiana UP (2001), Mosaic (1999), PMLA (1996-98), Modern Drama (1995).

Conference Organization
Aug. 1996 Organizer of The Open University International Conference “South African Theatre As/And Intervention,” London, England.
Aug. 1996 Established South African Theatre Archive, The Open University, London.

Organizations
2010- Board Member, Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), University of Cape Town
2008- Board Member, AfriCan Theatre Ensemble, Toronto 2004-09 International Advisory Committee Member, Dublin Theatre Festival
2000-06 Board Member, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
2000- Member, Programme Committee for Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
1996-2005 Consultant, World Stage International Theatre Festival

Memberships in Professional Organizations
American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)
Association for Canadian Theatre Research (ACTR)
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS)
European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS)
International Federation for Theatre Research (FIRT/ IFTR)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Pinter Society
Women in Theatre Programme (WTP)

Community Contributions

Community Service
2000- Board Member, University of Cape Town Foundation
I worked on an international exchange agreement between UCT and York that was signed in June 2009.

2000-04 Board Member, Artists International Direct Support (A.I.D.S.)

Research Interests

Theatre , Arts and Culture , Contemporary theatre, South African theatre

All Publications

Books

South African Theatre As/And Intervention. Ed. and introduction Marcia Blumberg and Dennis Walder. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999. 293 pp.

Book Chapters

“Queer(y)ing the Canadian Stage: Brad Fraser's Poor Super Man.” Reprinted in Queer Theatre in Canada: Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English (Vol. VII). Ed. Rosalind Kerr. Toronto: Playwrights Canada, 2007: 60-70.

“Mapping Counter Truths and Reconciliations: Staging Testimony in Contemporary South Africa.” Crucible of Cultures: Anglophone Drama at the Dawn of a New Millennium. Ed. Marc Maufort and Franca Bellarsi. Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2002. 271-83.

“Rememorating: Quilt Readings.” Reprinted in Analysis, Argument, and Academic Writing: A Custom Reader for the Writing Program at Syracuse University. Boston: Pearson Custom, 2002. 57-69.

Introduction to Fatima Dike's Glass House. African Theatre: Women. Vol. 3. Ed. Jane Plastow. Oxford: James Curry, 2002.

“Puppets Doing Time in the Age of AIDS.” Performing Democracy: International Perspectives on Urban Community-Based Performance. Ed. Susan Haedicke and Tobin Nellhaus. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2001. 254-68.

“Rememorating: Quilt Readings.” Lesbian and Gay Studies and the Teaching of English: Positions, Pedagogies, and Cultural Politics. Ed. William J. Spurlin. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2000. 288-310.

“Re-membering History, Staging Hybridity: Ubu and the Truth Commission.” Ed. Hal Wylie and Bernth Lindfors. Multiculturalism and Hybridity in African Literatures. Trenton, NJ: Africa World, 2000. 309-18.

“The AIDS Memorial Quilt as Performance: Creating Healing Narratives.” The Arts in Health Care: Learning from Experience. Ed. Duncan Haldane and Susan Loppert. London: King's Fund, 1999. 58-68.

“Revaluing Women‟s Storytelling in South African Theatre.” South African Theatre As/And Intervention. Ed. Marcia Blumberg and Dennis Walder. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999. 137-46.

“More Realities: An Interview with Reza de Wet.” South African Theatre As/And Intervention. Ed. Marcia Blumberg and Dennis Walder. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999. 241-51.

“Re-Staging Resistance, Re-Viewing Women: 1990s Productions of Fugard's Hello and Goodbye and Boesman and Lena.” Staging Resistance: Essays on Political Theatre. Ed. Jeanne Colleran and Jenny S. Spencer. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1998. 123-45.

“Staging Hollywood, Selling Out.” Hollywood on Stage: Playwrights Evaluate the Culture Industry. Ed. Kimball King. New York: Garland, 1997. 71-82.

“Women Journeying at the South African Margins: Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca.” Southern African Writing: Voyages and Explorations (Matatu Vol. 11). Ed. Geoff V. Davis. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1994. 39-50.

“Fragmentation and Psychosis: Fugard's My Children! My Africa!” Madness in Drama (Themes in Drama 15). Ed. James Redmond. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993. 241-53.

“Languages of Violence: Fugard's Boesman and Lena.” Violence in Drama (Themes in Drama 13). Ed. James Redmond. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1991. 239-49.

“Eloquent Stammering in the Fog: O'Neill's Heritage in Mamet.” Perspectives on O'Neill: New Essays. Ed. Shyamal Bagchee. ELS Monograph Series 43. Victoria, BC: U of Victoria P, 1988. 97-111.

Journal Articles

“South African Theatre beyond 2000: Theatricalising the Unspeakable.” Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa 21.1-2 (2009): 238-60.

“Performing Bulimia, Engendering Dis-ease in the South African Body Politic: Janine Denison's all the Rage.” Contemporary Theatre Review (Special Issue: Women, Politics and Performance in South African Theatre Today, ed. Lizbeth Goodman) 9.3 (1998): 19-35.

“Domestic Place as Contestatory Space.” New Theatre Quarterly 14 (1998): 195-201.

“Two Continents, No Refuge: Engendering the Problematics of Home.” Performance Research: On Refuge 2.3 (Autumn 1997): 30-38.

“Staging AIDS: Activating Theatres.” South African Theatre Journal 11.1-2 (May/Sept. 1997): 155-81.

“Negotiating the In-Between: Fugard's Valley Song.” Journal of Literary Studies 12.4 (Dec. 1996): 456-69.

“Queer(y)ing the Canadian Stage: Brad Fraser‟s Poor Super Man.” Theatre Research in Canada 7.2 (Fall 1996): 167-79.

“Re-evaluating Otherness, Building for Difference: South African Theatre after the Interregnum.” South African Theatre Journal 9.2 (Sept. 1995): 27-37.

“ReReading Gail Scott's Heroine: A Triple Lens of Sighting/Citing/Siting.” Open Letter 8.2 (Winter 1992): 57-69.

Conference Proceedings

“Contemporary 'Kitchen' Theatre in Transition: Cooking up Transgression.” AUETSA '96 (Association of University English Teachers of Southern Africa) Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1. Ed. Hermann Wittenberg and Loes Nas. 122-30.

“Performing Marginalities in the South African Interregnum: Fatima Dike's So What's New and Susan Pam-Grant's Curl Up and Dye.” AUETSA 1993 Conference Papers. 61-71.

Conference Papers

“Sophocles meets Beckett: Glowacki's Antigone in New York.” Antigone Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, May 2008.

“Staging Muslim Feminisms: Theatres of Productive Conflict” (also Chair). ACLALS (Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies), Vancouver, Aug. 2007.

“Staging Collaborations: The Handspring Puppet Company In and Out of Africa.” International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR), Stellenbosch, South Africa, July 2007.

“Faction Theatre at the Dublin International Theatre Festival.” International Federation of Performing Arts, New York, Feb. 2007.

“Radically Revisioning Antigone: Janus Glowacki's Antigone in New York.” Interrogating Antigone, Trinity College, Dublin, Oct. 2006.

The Middle Passage: A Ritual of Healing,” Performing Africa, Leeds University Centre for African Studies, May 2004. (Accepted but not delivered due to family member's health crisis)

“Re-Visioning Crime on the Canadian Stage.” Two Days of Canada, Crime in Canada: Law and Dis/order, Brock University, Nov. 2003.

“Donning Masks, Crossing Boundaries: the Performance of 'Emotional Autobiography'.” Association for Canadian Theatre Research (ACTR), Toronto, May 2002.

“The Problematics of Exile and Homecoming in Fugard's Oeuvre.” Theatre and Exile, The Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama, University of Toronto, Mar. 2002.

Sorrows and Rejoicings: Athol Fugard's Poetics of Exile and Homecoming.” Modern Language Association (MLA), New Orleans, Dec. 2001.

“Mapping Counter Truths and Reconciliations: Staging Testimony in Contemporary South Africa.” Crucible of Cultures: Anglophone Drama at the Dawn of a New Millennium, Brussels, May 2001.

“Performing Quilt Readings: The Rhetoric of Panels.” MLA, Washington, DC, Dec. 2000.

“Puppets in Prison: Border Crossings in the Age of AIDS.” The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Toronto, July 1999.

“Performing Silk Ties.” Feminist Working Group of IFTR, Toronto, July 1999.

“Contemporary Jarry Revisionings at International Festivals and on National Stages.” MLA, San Francisco, Dec. 1998.

“Investigating Theatre As/And Activism: Making AIDS Visible.” IFTR, Canterbury, UK, July 1998.

“Staging Memory in the Time of AIDS.” ACTR, Ottawa, May 1998.

“Re-membering History, Staging Hybridity: Ubu and the Truth Commission” (also Chair). African Literature Association, Austin, TX, Mar. 1998.

“Staging Textual Seropositivity in Contemporary British Theatre.” The Professions in Contemporary British Drama, London, Mar. 1998.

“Post Apartheid Possibility, Post Election Actuality: Renewing South African Theatre.” MLA, Toronto, Dec. 1997.

“Reading the AIDS Memorial Quilt.” National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Detroit, Nov. 1997.

“The AIDS Memorial Quilt as Performance.” The Arts in Healthcare: Learning from Experience, Roehampton Institute, London, Sept. 1997.

“South African Women in Performance: Theatre And/As Activism.” MLA, Washington, DC, Dec. 1996.

“Negotiating the In-Between: Fugard's Valley Song.” Association for the Study of the New Literatures in English, Konstanz, Germany, Sept. 1996.

“Re-valuing Women's Story-Telling in South African Theatre.” South African Theatre As/And Intervention, Open University, London, Aug. 1996.

“Contemporary 'Kitchen' Theatre in Transition: Cooking up Transgression.” Association of University English Teachers of Southern Africa (AUETSA), Cape Town, July 1996.

“Staging AIDS in the 'New' South Africa.” North East Modern Language Association (NEMLA), Montreal, Apr. 1996.

“Disrupting Domesticity: Re-casting 'House-work'.” Behind the Myths Conference, Gender and Performance Research Group, The Open University, London, Sept. 1996.

“Making AIDS Visible: 1994 Edinburgh Fringe Festival” (also Chair). ATHE, San Francisco, Aug. 1995.

“Re-evaluating Otherness, Building for Difference: South African Theatre After the Interregnum.” ATHE, San Francisco, Aug. 1995.

“Que(e)r(y)ing the Canadian Stage: Brad Fraser's Poor Super Man.” ACTR, Montreal, May 1995.

“Embodying Hyphenation, Voicing Transposition: Reza de Wet's A Worm in the Bud.” NEMLA, Boston, Mar. 1995.

“Engendering Words, Re-c/siting Worlds: Zakes Mda's The Dying Screams of the Moon.” Moving Words, Moving Worlds, University of Leeds, Sept. 1994.

“Re-vitalizing Struggles, Re-creating Structures: Recent South African Female-Cast Plays.” ATHE, Chicago, July 1994.

“Embodying Voice, Enacting Choice: Constructions of Women in Fugard's 'Family' Plays.” NEMLA, Pittsburgh, Apr. 1994.

“Quilting: Postmodern Performance as a Celebration of Mourning.” MLA, Toronto, Dec. 1993.

“Performing Dis-ease in the South African Body Politic: Janine Denison's 'All the Rage'.” MLA, Toronto, Dec. 1993.

“Re-defining Marginalities in the South African Interregnum: Fatima Dike's So What's New and Susan Pam's Curl Up and Dye.” AUETSA, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, July 1993.

“An Afrikaner asks, 'So where did it go wrong?': Fugard's Playland in South African and North American Productions.” European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS), Graz, Austria, May 1993.

“Athol Fugard's Playland: Restag(e)ing Bloodknot in the 1990s.” NEMLA, Philadelphia, Mar. 1993.

“Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber: Patriarchal Re-visioning and Intertextuality.” MLA, New York, Dec. 1992.

“Sex, Lies and Theatrescape: Fake Rakery in Wycherley's The Country Wife.” Dissimulations: an Interdisciplinary Conference on the Fake, University of Western Ontario, Oct. 1992.

“Feminist Journeys from the South African Margins: Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca.” ACLALS, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, Aug. 1992.

“Re-reading into the Spiral: Clarice Lispector's The Stream of Life.” NEMLA, Buffalo, Apr. 1992.

“What's in a Suffix? Bondage/Bonding in Pinter's The Caretaker and Fugard's Blood Knot.” A Pinter Festival: An International Meeting, University of Ohio, Columbus, Apr. 1991.

“A Cixousian Dialogue with Marlatt's 'Mother' Texts.” NEMLA, Hartford, Apr. 1991.

“Personal Fragmentation and Political Psychosis in the Interregnum: Athol Fugard's My Children! My Africa!.” Madness in Drama, University of California, Riverside, Feb. 1991.

Book Reviews

“Verbatim theatre” and “Restorative theatre.” Performance Studies: The Key Concepts. Ed. Gabrielle Cody and Charles O'Malley. New York: Routledge, 2010.

Review of More Market Plays edited by John Kani and Mooi Street and Other Moves by Paul Slabolepsky. Theatre Journal 49:1 (Mar. 1997): 85-87.

Review of Athol Fugard: A Bibliography compiled by John Read. World Literature Written in English 32:2 (Fall 1992): 165-68.

Forthcoming

“The Politics of Hope: Engaging Lara Foot Newton's Tshepang [Hope]: The Third Testament.” Accepted for publication and forthcoming in The Worldly Scholar: Towards a Literature of Commitment. Ed. Gordon Collier. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011.

Review of Handspring Theatre Company edited by Jane Taylor. Critical Stages.org. Due February 2011.

“Reconciling Acts: South African Theatre beyond the TRC.” Accepted for publication in After the TRC: Literature in South Africa. Ed. Margaret Lenta and Michael Chapman.

“Unravelling the Golden Thread: Performing the Politics of National Theatre of Scotland's The Black Watch.” Accepted for publication in Patriotic Dissent: Theatrical Responses to the War on Terror. Ed. Jenny Spencer.

“Lifting the Veil, Breaking Silences: Muslim Women in South Africa Interrogate Multiple Marginalities” Accepted for publication and forthcoming in Contemporary Theatre Review (Special Issue: Focus on Africa, ed. Dennis Walder and Yvette Hutchison).

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/EN4140 6.0  Contemporary Drama SEMR  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/HUMA3014 6.0  Tragedy in Western Literature: Ancient and Modern SEMR  


Marcia Blumberg teaches courses on theatre from the Greeks to the present and specializes in modern and contemporary drama and performance from South Africa, Britain and America. She has published many articles especially on South African theatre. She is co-editor of South African Theatre And/As Intervention (1999) and is working on a project “Theatre of ‘Post Apartheid’ South Africa: New Directions”.

Area of Specialization

English

Degrees

Ph.D., English, York University
M.A., English, York University
B.A. Honours, English (summa cum laude), York University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROFESSION

Editorial Boards
2010- Editorial Board Member, South African Theatre Journal

Manuscript Reviewing
University of South Africa Press (Nov. 2009), Contemporary Theatre Review (Nov. 2008), Indiana UP (2001), Mosaic (1999), PMLA (1996-98), Modern Drama (1995).

Conference Organization
Aug. 1996 Organizer of The Open University International Conference “South African Theatre As/And Intervention,” London, England.
Aug. 1996 Established South African Theatre Archive, The Open University, London.

Organizations
2010- Board Member, Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), University of Cape Town
2008- Board Member, AfriCan Theatre Ensemble, Toronto 2004-09 International Advisory Committee Member, Dublin Theatre Festival
2000-06 Board Member, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
2000- Member, Programme Committee for Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
1996-2005 Consultant, World Stage International Theatre Festival

Memberships in Professional Organizations
American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)
Association for Canadian Theatre Research (ACTR)
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS)
European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS)
International Federation for Theatre Research (FIRT/ IFTR)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Pinter Society
Women in Theatre Programme (WTP)

Community Contributions

Community Service
2000- Board Member, University of Cape Town Foundation
I worked on an international exchange agreement between UCT and York that was signed in June 2009.

2000-04 Board Member, Artists International Direct Support (A.I.D.S.)

Research Interests:

Theatre , Arts and Culture , Contemporary theatre, South African theatre

All Publications

Books

South African Theatre As/And Intervention. Ed. and introduction Marcia Blumberg and Dennis Walder. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999. 293 pp.

Book Chapters

“Queer(y)ing the Canadian Stage: Brad Fraser's Poor Super Man.” Reprinted in Queer Theatre in Canada: Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English (Vol. VII). Ed. Rosalind Kerr. Toronto: Playwrights Canada, 2007: 60-70.

“Mapping Counter Truths and Reconciliations: Staging Testimony in Contemporary South Africa.” Crucible of Cultures: Anglophone Drama at the Dawn of a New Millennium. Ed. Marc Maufort and Franca Bellarsi. Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2002. 271-83.

“Rememorating: Quilt Readings.” Reprinted in Analysis, Argument, and Academic Writing: A Custom Reader for the Writing Program at Syracuse University. Boston: Pearson Custom, 2002. 57-69.

Introduction to Fatima Dike's Glass House. African Theatre: Women. Vol. 3. Ed. Jane Plastow. Oxford: James Curry, 2002.

“Puppets Doing Time in the Age of AIDS.” Performing Democracy: International Perspectives on Urban Community-Based Performance. Ed. Susan Haedicke and Tobin Nellhaus. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2001. 254-68.

“Rememorating: Quilt Readings.” Lesbian and Gay Studies and the Teaching of English: Positions, Pedagogies, and Cultural Politics. Ed. William J. Spurlin. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2000. 288-310.

“Re-membering History, Staging Hybridity: Ubu and the Truth Commission.” Ed. Hal Wylie and Bernth Lindfors. Multiculturalism and Hybridity in African Literatures. Trenton, NJ: Africa World, 2000. 309-18.

“The AIDS Memorial Quilt as Performance: Creating Healing Narratives.” The Arts in Health Care: Learning from Experience. Ed. Duncan Haldane and Susan Loppert. London: King's Fund, 1999. 58-68.

“Revaluing Women‟s Storytelling in South African Theatre.” South African Theatre As/And Intervention. Ed. Marcia Blumberg and Dennis Walder. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999. 137-46.

“More Realities: An Interview with Reza de Wet.” South African Theatre As/And Intervention. Ed. Marcia Blumberg and Dennis Walder. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999. 241-51.

“Re-Staging Resistance, Re-Viewing Women: 1990s Productions of Fugard's Hello and Goodbye and Boesman and Lena.” Staging Resistance: Essays on Political Theatre. Ed. Jeanne Colleran and Jenny S. Spencer. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1998. 123-45.

“Staging Hollywood, Selling Out.” Hollywood on Stage: Playwrights Evaluate the Culture Industry. Ed. Kimball King. New York: Garland, 1997. 71-82.

“Women Journeying at the South African Margins: Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca.” Southern African Writing: Voyages and Explorations (Matatu Vol. 11). Ed. Geoff V. Davis. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1994. 39-50.

“Fragmentation and Psychosis: Fugard's My Children! My Africa!” Madness in Drama (Themes in Drama 15). Ed. James Redmond. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993. 241-53.

“Languages of Violence: Fugard's Boesman and Lena.” Violence in Drama (Themes in Drama 13). Ed. James Redmond. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1991. 239-49.

“Eloquent Stammering in the Fog: O'Neill's Heritage in Mamet.” Perspectives on O'Neill: New Essays. Ed. Shyamal Bagchee. ELS Monograph Series 43. Victoria, BC: U of Victoria P, 1988. 97-111.

Journal Articles

“South African Theatre beyond 2000: Theatricalising the Unspeakable.” Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa 21.1-2 (2009): 238-60.

“Performing Bulimia, Engendering Dis-ease in the South African Body Politic: Janine Denison's all the Rage.” Contemporary Theatre Review (Special Issue: Women, Politics and Performance in South African Theatre Today, ed. Lizbeth Goodman) 9.3 (1998): 19-35.

“Domestic Place as Contestatory Space.” New Theatre Quarterly 14 (1998): 195-201.

“Two Continents, No Refuge: Engendering the Problematics of Home.” Performance Research: On Refuge 2.3 (Autumn 1997): 30-38.

“Staging AIDS: Activating Theatres.” South African Theatre Journal 11.1-2 (May/Sept. 1997): 155-81.

“Negotiating the In-Between: Fugard's Valley Song.” Journal of Literary Studies 12.4 (Dec. 1996): 456-69.

“Queer(y)ing the Canadian Stage: Brad Fraser‟s Poor Super Man.” Theatre Research in Canada 7.2 (Fall 1996): 167-79.

“Re-evaluating Otherness, Building for Difference: South African Theatre after the Interregnum.” South African Theatre Journal 9.2 (Sept. 1995): 27-37.

“ReReading Gail Scott's Heroine: A Triple Lens of Sighting/Citing/Siting.” Open Letter 8.2 (Winter 1992): 57-69.

Conference Proceedings

“Contemporary 'Kitchen' Theatre in Transition: Cooking up Transgression.” AUETSA '96 (Association of University English Teachers of Southern Africa) Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1. Ed. Hermann Wittenberg and Loes Nas. 122-30.

“Performing Marginalities in the South African Interregnum: Fatima Dike's So What's New and Susan Pam-Grant's Curl Up and Dye.” AUETSA 1993 Conference Papers. 61-71.

Conference Papers

“Sophocles meets Beckett: Glowacki's Antigone in New York.” Antigone Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, May 2008.

“Staging Muslim Feminisms: Theatres of Productive Conflict” (also Chair). ACLALS (Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies), Vancouver, Aug. 2007.

“Staging Collaborations: The Handspring Puppet Company In and Out of Africa.” International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR), Stellenbosch, South Africa, July 2007.

“Faction Theatre at the Dublin International Theatre Festival.” International Federation of Performing Arts, New York, Feb. 2007.

“Radically Revisioning Antigone: Janus Glowacki's Antigone in New York.” Interrogating Antigone, Trinity College, Dublin, Oct. 2006.

The Middle Passage: A Ritual of Healing,” Performing Africa, Leeds University Centre for African Studies, May 2004. (Accepted but not delivered due to family member's health crisis)

“Re-Visioning Crime on the Canadian Stage.” Two Days of Canada, Crime in Canada: Law and Dis/order, Brock University, Nov. 2003.

“Donning Masks, Crossing Boundaries: the Performance of 'Emotional Autobiography'.” Association for Canadian Theatre Research (ACTR), Toronto, May 2002.

“The Problematics of Exile and Homecoming in Fugard's Oeuvre.” Theatre and Exile, The Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama, University of Toronto, Mar. 2002.

Sorrows and Rejoicings: Athol Fugard's Poetics of Exile and Homecoming.” Modern Language Association (MLA), New Orleans, Dec. 2001.

“Mapping Counter Truths and Reconciliations: Staging Testimony in Contemporary South Africa.” Crucible of Cultures: Anglophone Drama at the Dawn of a New Millennium, Brussels, May 2001.

“Performing Quilt Readings: The Rhetoric of Panels.” MLA, Washington, DC, Dec. 2000.

“Puppets in Prison: Border Crossings in the Age of AIDS.” The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Toronto, July 1999.

“Performing Silk Ties.” Feminist Working Group of IFTR, Toronto, July 1999.

“Contemporary Jarry Revisionings at International Festivals and on National Stages.” MLA, San Francisco, Dec. 1998.

“Investigating Theatre As/And Activism: Making AIDS Visible.” IFTR, Canterbury, UK, July 1998.

“Staging Memory in the Time of AIDS.” ACTR, Ottawa, May 1998.

“Re-membering History, Staging Hybridity: Ubu and the Truth Commission” (also Chair). African Literature Association, Austin, TX, Mar. 1998.

“Staging Textual Seropositivity in Contemporary British Theatre.” The Professions in Contemporary British Drama, London, Mar. 1998.

“Post Apartheid Possibility, Post Election Actuality: Renewing South African Theatre.” MLA, Toronto, Dec. 1997.

“Reading the AIDS Memorial Quilt.” National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Detroit, Nov. 1997.

“The AIDS Memorial Quilt as Performance.” The Arts in Healthcare: Learning from Experience, Roehampton Institute, London, Sept. 1997.

“South African Women in Performance: Theatre And/As Activism.” MLA, Washington, DC, Dec. 1996.

“Negotiating the In-Between: Fugard's Valley Song.” Association for the Study of the New Literatures in English, Konstanz, Germany, Sept. 1996.

“Re-valuing Women's Story-Telling in South African Theatre.” South African Theatre As/And Intervention, Open University, London, Aug. 1996.

“Contemporary 'Kitchen' Theatre in Transition: Cooking up Transgression.” Association of University English Teachers of Southern Africa (AUETSA), Cape Town, July 1996.

“Staging AIDS in the 'New' South Africa.” North East Modern Language Association (NEMLA), Montreal, Apr. 1996.

“Disrupting Domesticity: Re-casting 'House-work'.” Behind the Myths Conference, Gender and Performance Research Group, The Open University, London, Sept. 1996.

“Making AIDS Visible: 1994 Edinburgh Fringe Festival” (also Chair). ATHE, San Francisco, Aug. 1995.

“Re-evaluating Otherness, Building for Difference: South African Theatre After the Interregnum.” ATHE, San Francisco, Aug. 1995.

“Que(e)r(y)ing the Canadian Stage: Brad Fraser's Poor Super Man.” ACTR, Montreal, May 1995.

“Embodying Hyphenation, Voicing Transposition: Reza de Wet's A Worm in the Bud.” NEMLA, Boston, Mar. 1995.

“Engendering Words, Re-c/siting Worlds: Zakes Mda's The Dying Screams of the Moon.” Moving Words, Moving Worlds, University of Leeds, Sept. 1994.

“Re-vitalizing Struggles, Re-creating Structures: Recent South African Female-Cast Plays.” ATHE, Chicago, July 1994.

“Embodying Voice, Enacting Choice: Constructions of Women in Fugard's 'Family' Plays.” NEMLA, Pittsburgh, Apr. 1994.

“Quilting: Postmodern Performance as a Celebration of Mourning.” MLA, Toronto, Dec. 1993.

“Performing Dis-ease in the South African Body Politic: Janine Denison's 'All the Rage'.” MLA, Toronto, Dec. 1993.

“Re-defining Marginalities in the South African Interregnum: Fatima Dike's So What's New and Susan Pam's Curl Up and Dye.” AUETSA, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, July 1993.

“An Afrikaner asks, 'So where did it go wrong?': Fugard's Playland in South African and North American Productions.” European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS), Graz, Austria, May 1993.

“Athol Fugard's Playland: Restag(e)ing Bloodknot in the 1990s.” NEMLA, Philadelphia, Mar. 1993.

“Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber: Patriarchal Re-visioning and Intertextuality.” MLA, New York, Dec. 1992.

“Sex, Lies and Theatrescape: Fake Rakery in Wycherley's The Country Wife.” Dissimulations: an Interdisciplinary Conference on the Fake, University of Western Ontario, Oct. 1992.

“Feminist Journeys from the South African Margins: Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca.” ACLALS, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, Aug. 1992.

“Re-reading into the Spiral: Clarice Lispector's The Stream of Life.” NEMLA, Buffalo, Apr. 1992.

“What's in a Suffix? Bondage/Bonding in Pinter's The Caretaker and Fugard's Blood Knot.” A Pinter Festival: An International Meeting, University of Ohio, Columbus, Apr. 1991.

“A Cixousian Dialogue with Marlatt's 'Mother' Texts.” NEMLA, Hartford, Apr. 1991.

“Personal Fragmentation and Political Psychosis in the Interregnum: Athol Fugard's My Children! My Africa!.” Madness in Drama, University of California, Riverside, Feb. 1991.

Book Reviews

“Verbatim theatre” and “Restorative theatre.” Performance Studies: The Key Concepts. Ed. Gabrielle Cody and Charles O'Malley. New York: Routledge, 2010.

Review of More Market Plays edited by John Kani and Mooi Street and Other Moves by Paul Slabolepsky. Theatre Journal 49:1 (Mar. 1997): 85-87.

Review of Athol Fugard: A Bibliography compiled by John Read. World Literature Written in English 32:2 (Fall 1992): 165-68.

Forthcoming

“The Politics of Hope: Engaging Lara Foot Newton's Tshepang [Hope]: The Third Testament.” Accepted for publication and forthcoming in The Worldly Scholar: Towards a Literature of Commitment. Ed. Gordon Collier. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011.

Review of Handspring Theatre Company edited by Jane Taylor. Critical Stages.org. Due February 2011.

“Reconciling Acts: South African Theatre beyond the TRC.” Accepted for publication in After the TRC: Literature in South Africa. Ed. Margaret Lenta and Michael Chapman.

“Unravelling the Golden Thread: Performing the Politics of National Theatre of Scotland's The Black Watch.” Accepted for publication in Patriotic Dissent: Theatrical Responses to the War on Terror. Ed. Jenny Spencer.

“Lifting the Veil, Breaking Silences: Muslim Women in South Africa Interrogate Multiple Marginalities” Accepted for publication and forthcoming in Contemporary Theatre Review (Special Issue: Focus on Africa, ed. Dennis Walder and Yvette Hutchison).


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/EN4140 6.0  Contemporary Drama SEMR  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/HUMA3014 6.0  Tragedy in Western Literature: Ancient and Modern SEMR