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Access Dramaturgy: Building Theatre Worlds Through Disability

Dr. Samuel Yates, Featured Artist: ArtsFest 2024

Dr. Samuel Yates Presents a workshop, entitled Access Dramaturgy: Building Theatre Worlds Through Disability. This event is free and open to the public. No advance reservations required.

Samuel Yates, Ph.D., is a deaf artist and researcher who examines the aesthetics of disability and performance. Samuel is currently the resident dramaturg and an Assistant Professor of Theatre in the School of Theatre at The Pennsylvania State University. They previously were on faculty at Millikin University, American University, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and The George Washington University (GWU). Samuel received their Ph.D. in English from GWU, where their dissertation research earned the American Society for Theatre Research’s Helen Krich-Chinoy Dissertation Fellowship and the Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship. They completed an M.Phil in Theatre and Performance Studies from Trinity College Dublin as a George J. Mitchell Scholar and a B.A. from Centre College as a John C. Young Scholar. Samuel’s current monograph project, Cripping Broadway: Producing Disability in the American Musical, concerns disability aesthetics and accessibility practices in Broadway musicals, and asks how our notions of disability and the able body inform and transforms theatrical performance. Research Cripping Broadway has been supported by ATDS and, most recently, the ASTR Grant for Researchers with Heavy Teaching Loads. Samuel holds a Humanity in Action Senior Fellowship for their work on performance and body politics, and has artistically collaborated with theaters such as the Abbey Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, The Huntington, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Great Plains Theatre Commons, and Gala Hispanic Theatre. Beyond the theatre, Samuel has worked as an arts and accessibility consultant with Gensler Architecture, Great Plains Theatre Commons, and 3Arts Chicago. Their work on disability, performance, and popular culture is published or forthcoming in The Journal of Dramatic Theory and CriticismMusic Theatre Today, and Studies in Musical Theatre, as well as edited volumes such as The Matter of Disability (U Michigan), A Cultural History of Disability in the Modern Age (Bloomsbury), and Monsters in Performance: Essays on the Aesthetics of Social Disqualification (Routledge). Next year, their forthcoming textbook, A Guide to Teaching Writing in Theatre and Performance Studies, will be available open access via Palgrave.

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  • 3:20 to 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 26


Annett Recital Hall, 152 Lowe Center for the Arts

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