Performing Arts Faculty
Dr. Joshua Polster teaches courses in theatre history, dramatic theory and dramaturgy. He is a recipient of the Mann Stearns Distinguished Faculty Award, a reviewer for Choice Magazine and Twentieth-Century Literature, and a member of the editorial board for The Arthur Miller Journal. 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, Methuen Drama's critical edition of Arthur Miller's A Memory of Two Mondays, Stages of Engagement: U.S. Theatre and Performance from 1898-1949 (forthcoming), and the editor of The Routledge Anthology of U.S. Drama (forthcoming). His articles have appeared in To Have or Have Not: Essays on Commerce and Capital in Modern Theatre, Old Stories New Readings: The Transforming Power of American Drama, Critical Insights, Bloom's Literary Themes, The Arthur Miller Journal, Theatre Journal, The Journal of Religion and Theatre, Texas Theatre Journal, The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, 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 the Michael Quinn Writing Award and a Modern Language Quarterly grant. 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, Arts in Society Conference, Chicago Theatre Symposium, 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.
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A Round of Applause...
Recent news highlights from the Department of Performing Arts.
Emily Skeggs '12 nominated for Tony Award
Emily Skeggs was with fellow Emerson alums when she learned that she had been nominated for a Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) for her role in Fun Home.
No rehearsal needed: Students win theatre competition
They didn’t go to USITT to compete (in fact, they signed up after the race had begun), but a group of Performing Arts production majors took first place at the 2015 Tech Olympics!
McGorry '08 talks about his two hit TV shows
The Performing Arts alum appears on Orange is the New Black and How to Get Away With Murder.
Grammy nomination for Sanlikol
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, a well-respected pianist and faculty member in Performing Arts, has been nominated for a Grammy Award for his composition “Vecd."