After filing her dissertation this August, Caitlin Marshall, PhD Theatre Dance and Performance Studies, will be headed to the University of Maryland where she will begin a 2016-2017 postdoctoral fellowship in Theatre and Performance Studies. There, she will transform her dissertation, ” ‘Power in the Tongue': Staging American Voice” into a monograph on race, disability, and what it meant to “sound American” during the nation’s first independent century. Focusing on ‘Othered’ American vernaculars at the intersections of race, disability, gender, and ethnicity, her dissertation takes seriously the metaphor of voice in American democracy, and works at the confluence of Performance, Sound, and Disability Studies to mobilize speech impairment as a broad material and theoretical category for investigating how American citizenship was established as an exclusionary vocal limit in the antebellum era.
The University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies advances and transforms the research and practice of theatre, dance and performance studies through its commitment to excellence and innovative education in the performing arts. The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies is one component in a state-of-the-art facility, in which guest artists, interdisciplinary projects, and challenging and inventive creative work is encouraged. Along with the graduate and undergraduate students in Theatre, Music, and the Clarice Smith Center itself, students in are a part of an energetic and very busy performance venue.
Opportunities abound for performances in guest artist and faculty works, in the creation of cross-disciplinary projects, for participation in community-based events, and for sharing works in formal and informal settings throughout their residence.
Learn more about UMD’s Theatre, Dance and Performance School here.