1st Edition

Fifty Key Figures in Queer US Theatre

Edited By Jimmy A. Noriega, Jordan Schildcrout Copyright 2023
    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    Whether creating Broadway musicals, experimental dramas, or outrageous comedies, the performers, directors, playwrights, designers, and producers profiled in this collection have contributed to the representation of LGBTQ lives and culture in a variety of theatrical venues, both within the queer community and across the US theatrical landscape.

    Moving from the era of the Stonewall Riots to today, notable scholars in the field bring a wide variety of queer theatre artists into conversation with each other, exploring connections and differences in race, gender, physical ability, national origin, class, generation, aesthetic modes, and political goals, creating a diverse and inclusive study of 50 years of queer theatre.

    For readers seeking an introduction to or a deeper understanding of LGBTQ theatre, this volume offers thought-provoking analyses of theatre-makers both celebrated and lesser-known, mainstream and subversive, canonical and new.


    Jimmy A. Noriega and Jordan Schildcrout

    Reza Abdoh

    Joseph Cermatori

    Luis Alfaro

    Patricia Ybarra

    Kate Bornstein

    Rye Gentleman

    Sharon Bridgforth

    T. Chester

    Charles Busch

    Sean F. Edgecomb

    Jane Chambers

    Sara Warner

    Ellie Covan

    Jeff McMahon

    Will Davis

    Joshua Bastian Cole

    Ty Defoe (Giizhig)

    Courtney Elkin Mohler

    Snehal Desai

    Dan Bacalzo

    Harvey Fierstein

    Jordan Schildcrout

    William Finn

    Ryan Donovan

    The Five Lesbian Brothers: Moe Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey, and Lisa Kron

    Lisa Sloan

    María Irene Fornés

    Gwendolyn Alker

    John Glines

    Jordan Schildcrout

    David Greenspan

    Nick Salvato

    Jeremy O. Harris

    David Román

    Rachel Hauck

    Stacy Wolf

    Chisa Hutchinson

    La Donna L. Forsgren

    Michael R. Jackson

    Aviva Helena Neff

    Bill T. Jones

    Ariel Nereson

    Moisés Kaufman

    Bess Rowen

    Tony Kushner

    Virginia Anderson

    Tina Landau

    David Román

    Nathan Lane

    James F. Wilson

    Haruna Lee

    Jessica Del Vecchio

    Joan Lipkin

    Gad Guterman

    Charles Ludlum

    Joe E. Jeffreys

    Taylor Mac

    Sean F. Edgecomb

    Joe Mantello

    James F. Wilson

    Tarell Alvin McCraney

    Isaiah Matthew Wooden

    Terrence McNally

    Virginia Anderson

    Muriel Miguel

    Christy Stanlake

    Cherríe Moraga

    Alicia Arrizón

    Daaimah Mubashshir

    Adam Ashraf Elsayigh

    The NEA Four: Karen Finley, John Fleck, Holly Hughes, and Tim Miller

    Jimmy A. Noriega and Jordan Schildcrout

    Robert O’Hara

    Faedra Chatard Carpenter

    Monica Palacios

    Marci R. McMahon

    Miguel Piñero

    Karen Jaime

    Billy Porter

    Eric M. Glover

    Clint Ramos

    Jimmy A. Noriega

    Guillermo Reyes

    Jimmy A. Noriega

    Edwin Sánchez

    Analola Santana

    Leigh Silverman

    Bess Rowen

    Ana María Simo

    Virginia Baeta

    Split Britches: Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver, and Deb Margolin

    Benjamin Gillespie

    Paula Vogel

    Sara Warner

    Ron Whyte

    Patrick McKelvey

    George C. Wolfe

    Charles I. Nero

    BD Wong

    Esther Kim Lee

    Chay Yew

    Dan Bacalzo


    Jimmy A. Noriega is Professor of Theatre at the College of Wooster and President of the American Society for Theatre Research. He is the co-editor of Theatre and Cartographies of Power: Repositioning the Latina/o Americas (2008) and the founder of Teatro Travieso/Troublemaker Theatre.

    Jordan Schildcrout is Professor of Theatre & Performance at SUNY Purchase and author of In the Long Run: A Cultural History of Broadway’s Hit Plays (Routledge, 2020) and Murder Most Queer: The Homicidal Homosexual in the American Theater (2014).

    "In this compendium of elegantly crafted essays from leading and emerging voices in queer theater and performance studies, Noriega and Schildcrout have assembled a rich and diverse survey of queer theater makers in the half-century since Stonewall. An informative read and immensely useful resource for scholars and practitioners of the queer stage alike." — Joshua Chambers-Letson, Northwestern University, USA.