Heather S. Nathans

Heather S. Nathans

Fellow: Awarded 2011
Field of Study: Theatre Arts

Competition: US & Canada

University of Maryland

Heather S. Nathans is a Professor of Theatre at the University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. She is also the editor for the University of Iowa Press’s award-winning series Studies in Theatre History and Culture. Her publications include Early American Theatre from the Revolution to Thomas Jefferson (Cambridge UP, 2003); Slavery and Sentiment on the American Stage, 1787-1861 (Cambridge UP, 2009; finalist for the 2010 George Freedley Memorial Award); Shakespearean Educations: Power, Citizenship, and Performance, co-editor and contributing author (University of Delaware Press, 2011); and Hideous Characters and Beautiful Pagans: Performing Jewish Identity on the Antebellum American Stage (under contract to the University of Michigan Press). She has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews, and served as a guest editor for multiple issues of The Journal of American Drama and Theatre and The New England Theatre Journal. In addition to her Guggenheim Fellowship, Nathans has held over twenty-five research fellowships, including ones from  the Folger Shakespeare Library with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gilder Lehrman Foundation, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, the American Jewish Archives, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Society for Theatre Research. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the American Society for Theatre Research, and an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society. Nathans is the immediate past-president of the American Theatre and Drama Society.


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