Kim Marra, Professor of Theatre Arts and American Studies, will give a talk titled, “Riding the Nineteenth Century: Théâtre Equestre Zingaro’s Historical Performances” on Friday, April 4th at 3:30 in 1210 McClung Tower.
Kim Marra (BA Dartmouth College, MA Brown University, PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Professor of Theatre Arts and American Studies, Director of Graduate Studies in Theatre Arts, and affiliate faculty in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa. She chaired the American Studies Department from 2008 to 2011. Her book Strange Duets: Impresarios and Actresses in the American Theatre, 1865-1914 (The University of Iowa Press Studies in Theatre History and Culture Series, 2006) won the 2008 Joe A. Callaway Prize for Best Book on Drama or Theatre conferred biennially by New York University’s Department of English. Her other books include the co-edited volumes Passing Performances: Queer Readings of Leading Players in American Theater History (1998) and Staging Desire: Queer Readings of American Theater History (2002), The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy: A Biographical Dictionary of Major Figures of the American Stage in the Pre-Stonewall Era (2005), all for the University of Michigan Press. She won the 2013 Outstanding Article Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and received Honorable Mention for the Oscar G. Brockett Essay Prize from the American Society for Theatre Research for her essay “Riding, Scarring, Knowing: A Queerly Embodied Performance Historiography,” which appeared in Theatre Journal 64.4 (December 2012), a special issue on Queer Research in Performance. An elected member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre and the National Theatre Conference, she serves on the editorial boards of the University of Iowa Press, the Theatre in the Americas Series of Southern Illinois University Press, and Theatre History Studies as well as on the Publications Committee of the American Theatre and Drama Society.