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Jeanne Willcoxon’s research focuses on feminist performance and theatre for social change.

She has published reviews in Theatre Journal, Theatre History Studies, Theatre Topics, and Theatre Survey, and presented work at the annual conferences of the American Society of Theatre Research, Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Mid-America Theatre Conference, and The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

As an actor, Willcoxon has worked professionally in New York City and regionally. Prior to coming to Hamilton, she taught and directed productions at St. Olaf College and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Willcoxon received her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College, graduated from the acting program at the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University, and earned her master’s and doctorate in theatre historiography from the University of Minnesota.

Recent Courses Taught

Playing—Introduction to Making Theatre: Theory and Practice
Acting Styles: Theatricalism and the European Avant Garde
Collaborative playmaking: creating dynamic and original physical theatre
History of Theatre
Performing Women
Theatre for Social Change; Youth and Education

Select Publications

  • Performance Review, The Walker Art Center's 2014 Out There Series, Theatre Journal, 66:3 (October 2014): 454-458. 
  • Book Review, On the Uses of the Fantastic in Modern Theatre. Theatre Survey, 52:1 (May 2011 ): 203-205. 
  • Performance Review, Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, Theatre Journal, 61 :4 (December 2009): 623-624. 
  • Book Review, 'Divine Thalie': the Career of Jeanne Quinault, Theatre History Studies, 29 (2009): 244-246. 
  • Book Review, Postdramatic Theatre, Theatre Topics, 18:2 (September 2008): 248-249.

Professional Affiliations

Association for Theatre in Higher Education
American Society for Theatre Research
Mid-American Theatre Conference Emerging Scholars Symposium Co-Chair

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.A., University of Minnesota
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College

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