Apr 21: MA/Phd Paper Presentations

IU’s Department of Theatre, Drama, & Contemporary Dance invite you to a presentation of graduate scholarship.

Selected MA/PhD students will share their work from the past year, followed by a response from theatre faculty.

Monday, April 21 // 4:30 pm
Wells-Metz Theatre
275 N. Jordan Ave. (Off the First Floor Theatre Lobby)
Reception to follow.

 Paper Presentations:

“‘Now I am loathest, alas, that ere was lost’: Satan’s Transformation(s) in the York Cycle”

Miriam Poole, PhD Student

 “Phenomenal Flatulence: A Consideration of Bodily Functions in The Imaginary Invalid”

Sarah Campbell, PhD Student

“Slaves in Algiers, or a Struggle for an American National Identity”

Michael Rodriguez, MA Student

“‘Well, I’ll be hanged for a halfpenny, if there be not some abomination knavery in this play’: Humor as Ugliness & Ugliness as Humor in Beaumont and Fletcher’s Knight of the Burning Pestle

Justin Rincker, PhD Student

Student Presenters:

Sarah Campbell
Sarah Campbell received her B.A. in Theatre from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky and her M.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Her research interests include the phenomenological study of performance, the contemporary re-staging of Restoration texts, and Maya ritual performance in the Classic period. She is currently Vice President and conference co-chair for IU’s Association for Research in Theatre (ART@IU). Sarah is from Louisville, Kentucky.

Miriam Poole
Miriam received her B.A. in Theatre and German from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan and her M.A. in Theatre HIstory, Theory, and Literature from Indiana University. Her research interests include medieval theatre, German romanticism, and the theatrical activities of the Irish Literary Revival. Miriam is from West Chicago, Illinois.

Justin Rincker
Justin received both his B.A. in Anthropology and English Literature and his M.A. in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. His research interests include the combined work of Tadashi Suzuki and Anne Bogart and the history of movement on the stage, especially in comic performance. Justin’s directing and performance credits include productions with Metro Theatre Company, New Jewish Theatre, OnSite Theatre Company, Dramatic License Productions, and HotCity Theatre, all in St. Louis.

Michael Rodriguez Mike received his B.A. in Cinema and Drama from San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California. Before coming to IU, he worked as an actor, a tour guide in Paris, and an ESL teacher. His current research project includes a critical look at American stage productions depicting slavery during the late eighteenth century. Mike also works for the Telluride Film Festival as the Alumni Coordinator of the Student Symposium.

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Mar. 4: IU French & Italian Presents Dr. Georgia Cowart on Watteau and 18th C. French Opera

Performing a New France: Watteau, the Musical Stage, and the Burial of Louis XI

Tuesday, March 4th | 5:30 pm
Simon Music Building, Room 242
200 S. Jordan Ave. (behind the fountain)

Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) worked briefly as a set painter at the Paris Opera House around 1702-1703, and a number of his most well-known paintings can be explained via a series of pieces performed in the musical theater of that time. These works encode a critique of the increasingly unpopular rule of the aging Louis XIV, while offering utopian visions of a new France. Drawing on the opera, ballet, and commedia dell’arte, the presentation will examine the imagery of The French Comedians, The Italian Comedians, Mezzetin, and other works as they respond to and participate in a theatrical game of masks involving satire, parody, and allusion.

Dr. Georgia Cowart, Case Western University


GEORGIA COWART is Professor of Music at Case Western Reserve University. She has published three books and a number of articles on music, the arts, and cultural politics in early modern France. Her most recent book, The Triumph of Pleasure: Louis XIV and the Politics of Spectacle (University of Chicago Press, 2008), focused on the shifting intersections of the arts, ideology, and aesthetics at the court of Louis XIV and in the Parisian public sphere in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.  She is currently at work on a book manuscript, tentatively titled “Performing a New France: Watteau, Spectacle, and the Sunset of Absolutism.”

From 2007-09, Prof. Cowart served as Sylvan C. and Pamela Coleman Memorial Fund Senior Fellow in Art History at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and as guest curator of the Met exhibition “Watteau, Music & Theater” (Fall 2009). From 2011-12 she served as Marta Sutton Weeks Senior Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center.

This talk made possible by the kind sponsorship of the Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund of the Department of French & Italian, Department of the History of Art, the Renaissance Studies Program, Department of Theatre, Drama, & Contemporary Dance, IU’s Center for 18th-Century Studies, Department of Musicology

If you have a disability and need assistance, accommodations can be made to meet most needs. Please call (812) 855-5458.