School of the Arts Faculty
Dr. Joshua Polster teaches courses in theatre history, dramatic theory and dramaturgy. He is the recipient of the Mann Stearns Distinguished Faculty Award (2010-11), and a reviewer for Choice and Twentieth-Century Literature. Dr. Polster was the President of the Arthur Miller Society and currently serves on their Board of Directors. He is the author of Reinterpreting the Plays of Arthur Miller (2010), Methuen Drama's critical edition of Arthur Miller's A Memory of Two Mondays (2011) and Theatre of Engagement: U.S. Theatre and Performance from 1898-1949 (forthcoming). His articles have appeared in To Have or Have Not: Essays on Commerce and Capital in Modernist Theatre, Critical Insights, Bloom's Literary Themes, The Arthur Miller Journal, Theatre Journal, The Journal of Religion and Theatre, Texas Theatre Journal, The Ancient Theatre Archive, and Focus: Teaching English Language Arts. Dr. Polster's other publications include entries on theatre and drama for The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives and The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest.
His scholarship earned him a Modern Language Quarterly grant and the Michael Quinn Writing Award. He has presented papers at the American Society of Theatre Research Conference, Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, Mid-American Theatre Conference, American Drama Conference, American Literature Association, Comparative Drama Conference, International Eugene O'Neill Conference, and the International Arthur Miller Conference. He has taught at the University of Washington, Roosevelt University, Columbia College and the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to his scholarship and teaching, Dr. Polster has directed or assistant directed critically acclaimed plays in London and Chicago. He was the Assistant Director of the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton, England, the Assistant Artistic Administrator at the Goodman Theatre, and the founding Artistic Director of the Steep Theatre Company in Chicago.