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Department of Theatre & Dance Staff - Michelle Dvoskin

Dr. Michelle Dvoskin

Dr. Michelle Dvoskin

Assistant Professor

Office:  GWH 301
Phone:  270-745-2567
Email:  michelle.dvoskin@wku.edu
Teaching Areas:  Dramatic History, Literature and Theory

Bio

Dr. Michelle Dvoskin received her B.A. in Theatre & Dance and Women’s & Gender Studies from Amherst College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Performance as Public Practice (Theatre History & Criticism) from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on musical theatre, and more specifically on how musicals based on historical content can encourage audiences to think critically about history while also engaging emotionally (and physically, as we sing and dance along) with the pasts represented in so many shows. Other research, teaching, and creative interests include U.S. popular culture, queer theory and performance, gender in performance, diva studies, solo performance, and playwriting. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, ATHE, and ASTR, and has been published in The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, The Oxford Handbook of American Drama, The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical, and Broadway: An Encyclopedia of Theater and American Culture.

Dr. Dvoskin serves as the dramaturgy advisor for the department, along with overseeing the Ten Minute Play Festival and the New Works Festival.  She also directs regularly here at WKU, where her shows have included Stop Kiss, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and Crimes of the Heart.

 In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her (adorable) cats, watching television (ask her about Buffy), reading historical fiction, and – most importantly – making sure the M&M dispenser in her office stays full for any students who drop by.

 

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