Jonathan Shandell

Dr. Jonathan Shandell

Assistant Professor of Theater Arts

Dr. Shandell is a published theater historian and critic. His research focuses on American theater history of the mid-20th Century, with an emphasis on issues of race and integration on the American stage in the 1920s-1950s.

His scholarly articles have been published in leading journals in the field including African American Review, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre Topics and American Theatre, and in collections published by Cambridge University Press, Peter Lang Publishers and Rodopi Press. He has presented his research at national conferences for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the American Society for Theatre Research, and Modern Language Association. He serves as Board Member-at-Large for the Black Theatre Association (BTA), and a Play Reader for PlayPenn, an annual Philadelphia-based new play development conference.

At Arcadia, Dr. Shandell teaches courses in Theater History, Script Analysis, Dramatic Literature, Dramaturgy and oversees Senior Capstone Projects for Theater Arts majors. He also serves as Resident Dramaturg for Arcadia Theater's productions.

Recent Publications

  • "How Black Do You Want It? Countee Cullen and the Contest for Racial Authenticity on Page and Stage," in Authentic Blackness/"Real Blackness", Martin Japtok and Rafiki Jenkins, eds. (Peter Lang, 2011).
  • "The Inheritors of Inheritors: How Susan Glaspell Inspired the Hedgerow Theatre," Journal of American Drama and Theatre, vol. 22, no. 3 (Fall 2010).
  • "The Wisdom of Worldliness: Bringing African American Theatre and Drama into Existing Course Syllabi," Theatre Topics vol. 19, no. 1 (March 2009).
  • "The 'Other' within 'Us': the Rubin's Vase of Class in Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter," in Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, Mary Brewer, ed. (Rodopi International Press, 2009).

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