Dissertations

Author Title Ph.D. - Date of Final Oral Exam (Dissertation Defense) Faculty Chair Faculty Members (in no particular order) Outside Member
Al-Safar, Sabah M. The Open Theatre: Its Potential Contribution to The Arabic Theatre in North Africa and the Middle East 1991 Willis, Ron Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Findlay, Robert Kuhlke, William Anderson, Robert (French)
Allen, David-Michael "A New Place to Stand": Virtual Reality on Stage at the University of Kansas 2004 Christilles, Dennis Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Reaney, Mark Unruh, Del Miller, Jim
Angotti, Vincent L. American Dramatic Criticism, 1800-1830 1967 Meserve, Walter Findlay, Robert Lown, Charles    
Bakshi, Sri Ram V. Kalidasa: A New Interpretation 1970 Tsubaki, Andrew Litto, Fredric Davis, Jed    
Becvar, William J. The Stage and Film Career of Rouben Mamoulian
(Vol. I & II)
1974 Kuhlke, William Dart, Peter Lown, Charles    
Berger, Sydney L. The First PhD earned in the Department. The Theme of Persecution in Selected Dramas of the Yiddish Art Theatre 1964 Reardon, William Goff, Lewin Meserve, Walter    
Bethea, Sara Kathryn Opera for Children: An Analysis of Selected Works 1971 Davis, Jed Rea, Tom Tsubaki, Andrew    
Black, Lendley C. A Portrait of Misha - The Life and Artistic Accomplishments of Mikhail Alexandrovich Chekhov 1984 Kuhlke, William Willis, Ronald Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Wright, Jack Mikkelson, Gerald (Slavic)
Blackwood, Byrne David The Theatres of J.B. McElfatrick and Sons, Architects, 1855-1922
(Vol. I & II)
1966 Reardon, William Goff, Lewin Meserve, Walter    
Blair, Rhonda A Langerion Analysis of Chekhov's Major Plays 1981 Kuhlke, William Wright, Jack Davis, Jed Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Mikkelson, Gerald (Slavic)
Bondari, Katrina The Power of Space: The Acropolis, the Theatre of Dionysos, and Tragedy in the 5th Century BCE 2011 Christilles, Dennis co-chair Bial, Henry Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Wright, Jack Shaw, Michael (Classics) co-chair
Boyle, Amanda Men, Memory, and Memorial: Vietnam Veteran Theatrical Narratives 2016 Bial, Henry Hodges Persley, Nicole Rovit, Rebecca Barnette, Jane Lewis, Adrian (English)
Branch, Piyada Vajaranant Children's Theatre in Thailand 1989 Davis, Jed Findlay, Robert Kuhlke, William Tsubaki, Andrew Anderson, Robert (French)
Brandesky, Joseph E. Nikolai Erdman's The Mandate and The Suicide: Critical Analysis 1990 Kuhlke, William Findlay, Robert Wright, Jack Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Mikkelson, Gerald (Slavic)
Buckner, Jocelyn Shady Ladies: Sister Acts, Popular Performance, and the Subversion of American Identity 2010 Bial, Henry Leon, Mechele Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Fischer, Iris Smith Tucker, Sherrie
(Am. Studies)
Burns, Morris U. The Dramatic Criticism of Alexander Woollcott 1978 Kuhlke, William Willis, Ronald Findlay, Robert    
Cadigan, Rufus J. Richard Billinger, Hanns Johst, and Eberhard Moeller: Three Representative National Socialist Playwrights 1979 Findlay, Robert Willis, Ronald Kuhlke, William    
Carriere, Patrick C. Reading for the Soul in Stanislavski's "The Work of the Actor on Him/Herself: Orthodox Mysticism, Mainstream Occultism, Psychology and the System in the Russian Silver Age 2010 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Bial, Henry Leon, Mechele Kipp, Maia Mikkelson, Gerald (Slavic)
Chaney, Sally E. Mibu Kyogen: A Living Tradition of Folk Theatre 1997 Tsubaki, Andrew Findlay, Robert Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Willis, Ron Yamamoto, Fumiko
Choi, Seok-Hun Performing The Passion of Christ in Postmodernity: American Passion/passion Plays as Ritual and Postmodern Theatre 2012 Bial, Henry Leon, Mechele Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Ajayi-Soyinka, Omofolabo Zimdars-Swartz, Sandra (HMWC)
Christilles, Dennis The Action Design of Jaroslav Malina: Nine Recent Productions 1990 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Unruh, Del Kuhlke, William Findlay, Robert Mitchell, Timothy
Claus, Horst The Theatre Director Otto Brahm 1970 Findlay, Robert Kuhlke, William Rea, Tom    
Coiner, Miles W., Jr. After the Thaw: Three Playwrights and the Romanian Theatre in the Spring of 1969 1972 Kuhlke, William Findlay, Robert Rea, Tom    
Connors, Timothy D. American Vaudeville Managers: Their Organization and Influence 1981 Findlay, Robert Kuhlke, William Willis, Ron Wright, Jack Griffin, C.
Cook, David Byron Jose' Quintero: The Circle in the Square Years: 1950-1963 1981 Campbell, Paul Willis, Ronald Kuhlke, William Findlay, Robert Seaver, J. (History)
Cornelison, Gayle L. Death and Childhood: Attitudes and Approaches in Society, Children's Literature, and Children's Theatre and Drama 1975 Davis, Jed Rea, Tom Lown, Charles    
Corum, Eugene E. Tantalizing Ambiguity: The Cinema of Peter Weir 1990 Findlay, Robert Pierce, Glenn Berg, Chuck Kuhlke, William Evans, Daryl
Coulson, James Peter The Development of the American National Theatre 1965 Reardon, William Goff, Lewin Meserve, Walter    
Cox, Scott Living Shakespeare at the Lansing Correctional Facility, Kansas: Rehabilitation and Re-creation in Action 2016 Rovit, Rebecca Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Bial, Henry Klein, Jeanne Jelks, Randal (AMS)
Davis, Jerry Howard Bay, Scene Designer 1968 Lown, Charles Findlay, Robert Hawes, James    
Deboeck, Lynn Ultra-Sounding Maternal Subjectivity: A Feminist Reclamation of Pregnancy and Childbirth on Stage 2015 Bial, Henry Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Rovit, Rebecca Ajayi-Soyinka, Omofolabo Doan, Alesha (WGSS)
Delkhah, Masoud The "Pure Man", Disciple of None: Positioning GROTOWSKI'S Metaphysics and Method In Contemporary Euro-Asian Mysticism As Represented By KRISHNAMURTI 1997 Wright, Jack Ajayi, Omofolabo Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Meier, Paul Lim, Paul (English)
Dellasega, Mary K. Gender and Genre: Power and Women's Relationships in Shakespeare's Plays 1988 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Kuhlke, William Wright, Jack Willis, Ron Oruch, Jack (English)
Denning, Dennis The Theme of Poverty as Reflected in Plays by Six Depression Playwrights 1966 Brooking, Jack Meserve, Walter Goff, Lewin    
Devlin, Danny Signaling Through the Flames: Theatre Fires and Disaster Sociology 2015 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Leon, Mechele Rovit, Rebecca Bial, Henry Mielke, Laura (ENGL)
Durham, Leslie S. (Atkins) Staging Gertrude Stein 2000 Dahl, Mary Karen Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Fischer, Iris Smith Wright, Jack Pultz, John
(Art History)
East, Napoleon B. John Bernard, Actor-Manager (1756-1828) 1970 Litto, Fredric Tsubaki, Andrew Kuhlke, William    
Fooks, Jackie B. The Serf Theatre of Imperial Russia 1970 Kuhlke, William Rabkin, Gerald Findlay, Robert    
Furnish, Benjamin A. If You Stop Remembering, You Forget: Nostalgia in Jewish-American Theatre & Film 1979-1999 2000 Findlay, Robert Berg, Chuck Tsubaki, Andrew Kipp, Maia Katzman, David (History)
Gaffney, Paul J. Allen Crafton: American Theatre Pioneer
(Vol. 1 & II)
1979 Wright, Jack Davis, Jed Rea, Tom Willis, Ron Nichols, Raymond
Gharavi, Lance E. Dying to Know: A New Translation and Anagogic Investigation of Aleksandr Blok's THE ROSE AND THE CROSS 2000 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Christilles, Dennis Kipp, Maia Dahl, Mary Karen Carlson, Maria (Slavic), co-chair
Golub, Spencer The Monodrama of Nikolaj Evreinov 1977 Kulhke, William Findlay, Robert Willis, Ron    
Gould, Charlene J. Feminist Theatre for Working-Class Audiences in the US 1995 Ukopokodu, Peter Kuhlke, William Findlay, Robert Kwolek-Folland, Angel (History) Hardin, Richard (English)
Graves, James B. A Theory of Musical Comedy Based on the Concepts of Susanne K. Langer 1981 Campbell, Paul Newell Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Wright, Jack Kuhlke, William Stammler, H.
Hanson, Anne Marie LaLonde ("Reeze") An Analysis of the Physiological Assumptions in Vocal Instructional Systems for Actors 1997 Willis, Ron Kuhlke, William / Klein, Jeanne Wright, Jack Meier, Paul Michel, John (SPLH)
Harrison, A. Cleveland The Dramatic Theories of Dion Boucicault: A Study of Statements on Dramaturgy in His Published Essays 1967 Meserve, Walter Kuhlke, William Davis, Jed    
Hawes, James W. The Importance of the Major Discovery and Reversal in the Dramas of Henrik Ibsen 1965 Reardon, William Goff, Lewin Meserve, Walter    
Hill, Charles R. The Pemberton Technique: A Study of Brock PembertonÕs Activities in the American Theatre, 1920-1950 1971 Findlay, Robert Rea, Tom Willis, Ronald    
Hirsch, Virginia A. Edith Head: Film Costume Designer 1973 Lown, Charles Davis, Jed Findlay, Robert    
Holder, Linda L. An Assessment of Undergraduate Actor Training Practices in Selected American Colleges and Universities 1988 Kuhlke, William Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Tsubaki, Andrew Wright, Jack Gilbert, Edwyna (English)
Hopkins, Boone J. Everyday Rehearsal Rhetoric: Director/Actor Communication Practices 2012 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Bial, Henry Leon, Mechele Staniunas, John Hayes, Michelle Heffner (Dance)
Hopkins, Chandra Owenby Performing Place: Race and Gender in Contemporary Southern U.S. Commemoration 2012 Bial, Henry Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Leon, Mechele Persley, Nicole Hodges Day, Stuart  (Spanish & Portuguese) & Charles A. Bringardner III Ad Hoc
Jasper, Larry Glenn A Critical History of the Artists' Theatre of New York 1985 Findlay, Robert Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Wright, Jack Kuhlke, William Neuringer, C. (Psych)
Jones, Richard Conrad, III The Neoclassical Impulse in Contemporary Irish Drama 1999 Findlay, Robert Willis, Ron Tsubaki, Andrew Ukpokodu, Peter Shaw, Michael (Classics)
Kane, Donna J. The Society of American Fight Directors: An Oral History 1999 Wright, Jack Meier, Paul Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Ringer, Delores Darrow, Alice Ann (Music & Dance)
Kaough, Joseph Bryant Henry Placide, American Comedian 1970 Lown, Charles Hawes, James Findlay, Robert    
Kelly, Francis P. The Musical Plays of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Vol. I & II) 1978 Willis, Ron Kuhlke, William Findlay, Robert    
Kim, Ho Soon The Development of Modern Korean Theatre in South Korea 1974 Tsubaki, Andrew Davis, Jed      
Kiralyfalvi, Bela The Aesthetics and Dramatic Theory of Gyšrgy Lukcs 1972 Kuhlke, William Findlay, Robert Tsubaki, Andrew    
Klein, Jeanne M. 5th Grade Children's Processing of Explicit and Implied Features of Live Theatre as a Function of Verbal and Visual Recall 1987 Wright, Jack Findlay, Robert Ringer, Delores Kuhlke, William Wright, John (HDFL)
Knetsch, Piet In Hope of Providence by Herman Heijermans: A New Translation for Performance of The Good Hope 1984 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Willis, Ronald Kuhlke, William Findlay, Robert Patton, Bobby
Knowles, Scott Dystopian performatives: Negative affect/emotion in the work of Sarah Kane 2016 Bial, Henry Hodges Persley, Nicole Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Rovit, Rebecca Forth, Christopher (HUM)
Kovar, Linn S. Strategic Marketing: An Approach to Theatre Management 1976 Willis, Ron Anderson, Beverlee B. (co-chair)      
Larson, Bethany Masks in the Studio and on the Stage: An Annotated Bibliography, 1900-1997 1999 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Wright, Jack Tsubaki, Andrew Meier, Paul Morris, Ed (Psych)
Larson, James W. Public Dreams: A Critical Investigation of The Plays of Megan Terry 1955-1986 1987 Findlay, Robert Kuhlke, William Willis, Ron Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Pierce, Glenn
Leff, Robert A. George S. Kaufman and the American Myth of Success 1992 Wright, Jack Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Willis, Ron Ringer, Delores Sponholtz, Lloyd (History)
Leonard, Bob F. Practice and Theory: An Analysis of the Dramatic Criticism of Francis Fergusson 1970 Findlay, Robert Kuhlke, William Tsubaki, Andrew    
List, Jeff MassillonProud: A Performance Studies Approach to High School Football and Localized Meaning-Making 2015 Bial, Henry Leon, Mechele Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Persley, Nicole Hodges Chappel, Ben (AMS)
Lynch, Maureen C. "Twink" Rationale and Text for a Correspondence Course in Volunteer and Staff Development for Community Theatre 1980 Patton, Bobby Willis, Ron Hutchinson, J. Kuhlke, William Woodyard, George
Marinov, Samuel G. The Dramaturgy of Alexander Volodin 1993 Kuhlke, William Kipp, Maia Willis, Ron Wright, Jack Stammler, Heinrich
Marsh, William Hayden The Attitude of the United Presbyterian Church in the USA Toward the Theatre in America, 1891-1967 1967 Davis, Jed Lown, Charles Kuhlke, William    
McLean, Janet Dysfunctional Relationships in Selected Plays by Henrik Ibsen 1993 Findlay, Robert Davis, Jed Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Kuhlke, William Fischer, Iris Smith (English)
Miller, Kimberly Ann Eugenics and American Theatre 1912-1921 2004 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Berg, Chuck Falicov, Tamara Leon, Mechele Fischer, Iris Smith (English)
Molloy-Tudor, Antoinette Pee-Wee's Playhouse: Critical Acclaim and Controversy. A descriptive study of paradox and synthesis in children's television. 1992 Pierce, Glenn Davis, Jed Wright, Jack Findlay, Robert Gilbert, Edwyna (English)
Montee, David D. The Neglected Chekhov: Platonov and The Wood Demon 1987 Kuhlke, William Wright, Jack Willis, Ron Findlay, Robert Oruch, Jack (English)
Mundy, Rick G. Theatrical Pariah: John Wilkes Booth and the Literature of the Theatre 1999 Willis, Ron Dahl, Mary Karen Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Wright, Jack Wilson, Ted (History)
Nash, Michael M. Gaston Baty and the Tradition of Mise En Scene in France 1978 Findlay, Robert Kuhlke, William Willis, Ronald    
Noonan, Julie The Sound of Musicals' Women: Tessitura and the Construction of Gender in the American Musical 2006 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Staniunas, John Leon, Mechele Bial, Henry Laird, Paul (Music)
Oblak, John B. Broadway in Maine: A History of the Lakewood Theatre 1971 Findlay, Robert Lown, Charles Brooking, Jack    
Owen, Bruce B. The Criticism of Alan Dale 1966 Reardon, William Goff, Lewin Meserve, Walter    
Paludan, Marsha McMann Expanding the Circle: Anna Halprin and Contemporary Theatre Practice 1995 Findlay, Robert Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Wright, Jack Tsubaki, Andrew Oruch, Jack (English)
Parker, Harry Brooks Phillip Barry's High Comedies: A Dramaturgical History 1991 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Willis, Ron Kuhlke, William Berg, Chuck Wright, Jack
Patton, Eleanor Nyquist The Costuming Practices of the Living Theatre, The Open Theatre, and The Performance Group: Theory, Form, and Function 1984 Wright, Jack Unruh, Del Davis, Jed Willis, Ron Goldstein, Marna
Pearson, Julie Little Thunder Native Emergence Theater and the Enactment of Indian Theatrical Space by Red Earth Performing Arts Company, Daystar Dance Company, and American Indian Theatre Company of Oklahoma 2005 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John,
co-chair
Dahl, Mary Karen,
co-chair
Ybarra, Patricia Leon, Mechele Hirsch, Bud (English)
Pennell, Nancy Kay The First Theatres of Baltimore: An Investigation of Baltimore's Theatres During the Age of the Early American Republic 1998 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Wright, Jack Ajayi, Omofolabo Willis, Ron Mancall, Peter
(Amer. History)
Prece, Paul M. Writing Home: The Playwriting Dialogue of Athol Fugard and August Wilson 2008 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Ajayi, Omofolabo Wright, Jack Bial, Henry Fischer, Iris Smith (English)
Rabby, Llewellyn B. The Analysis of Perceptual Confusions Among Sixteen English Consonant Sounds in a Theatre 1969          
Richmond, Joy "We Are Out to Kill The Stage Irishman": Dion Boucicault, The Irish National Theatre, and the Assassination Paddy 2007 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Bial, Henry Fischer, Iris Smith (English) Leon, Mechele Conrad, Katie (English)
Rod, David K. Kenneth Burke and Susanne K. Langer: Dramatic Theorists 1985 Campbell, Paul Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Findlay, Robert Willis, Ron Campbell, Karyn Kohrs (Coms)
Roth, Emalou Immanent Form: Toward a Dramatic / Theatrical Criticism 1972          
Saari, Kevin P. The Work of Anne Bogart and the Saratoga International Theatre Institute: A New Model for Actor Training 1999 Tsubaki, Andrew Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Dahl, Mary Karen Findlay, Robert Shimomura, Roger
(Fine Arts)
Sapoznik, Ran The One-Act Plays of Thornton Wilder, William Saroyan and Edward Albee 1975 Willis, Ron Kuhlke, William Findlay, Robert    
Schall, Celia M. The Treatment of Selected Themes in Recent American Dramas About Negroes: 1959-1967 1969 Findlay, Robert Kuhlke, William Hawes, James    
Scharine, Richard G. The Plays of Edward Bond 1973 Findlay, Robert Willis, Ron Kuhlke, William    
Schawang, Donald M. A Vision of Substance: A Phenomenology of Corporeality in Theatrical Spectatorship 2001 Dahl, Mary Karen Christilles, Dennis Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Woelfel, Jim (Humanities & Western Civ.) Corbeill, Anthony (Classics)
Schimek, Samuel Wolfgang Tainted Wether of the Flock: Invisibility, Antonio and The Merchant of Venice 2002 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Dahl, Mary Karen Staniunas, John Wright, Jack Hardin, Richard (English)
Schuster, David A Critical Introduction to Three Plays of the Mexican Revolution 1986 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Willis, Ron Davis, Jed Kuhlke, William Woodyard (Spanish)
Secor, James Kabuki and Morals: The Onnagata Heroine as Ethical Example in Late 18th Century 1987 Tsubaki, Andrew Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Kuhlke, William Pierce, Glenn Kavanaugh, Fred
Shedd, Sally H. Gender Traders/Gender Traitors - Staging Non-Traditional Gender Roles and Alternative Sexualities 1998 Ajayi, Omofolabo Wright, Jack Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Ringer, Delores Muehlenhard, Charlene (Psych)
Shull, Ronald Kent Music and the Works of Bertoit Brecht 1985 Campbell, Paul Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Kuhlke, William Holmes, Joan (German) Maurer, Warren
Smith, Linda   2003 Wright, Jack Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Berg, Chuck Christilles, Dennis Jewers, Caroline (French)
Southard, Andrea Castle The Artistic Career of Nikolai Pavlovich Okhlopkov
(Vol. I & II)
1980 Kuhlke, William Findlay, Robert Tsubaki, Andrew    
Ssutu, Patricia Chih-ping Children's Theatre Management: Financial Management and Promotion Strategies 1988 Davis, Jed Willis, Ron Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Pierce, Glenn Michael, John
Stevens, Elizabeth E. (Cary) John Hill (1714-1775) and the Theatre 1990 Findlay, Robert Kuhlke, William Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Willis, Ron Gagen, Jean (English)
Sullivan, Sharon Drama by Contemporary Native American Women 2004 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Klein, Jeanne Ajayi, Omofolabo Ringer, Delores Kemper, Susan (Psych)
Sumpter, Clyde G. Militating for Change: The Black Revolutionary Theatre Movement in the United States 1970 Kuhlke, William Findlay, Robert Tsubaki, Andrew    
Taylor, Robert D. The Theatre Underground: A Classical Revolutionary Organization 1988 Willis, Ron Findlay, Robert Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Kuhlke, William Hoelsbergen, Helmut
Tees, Arthur Thomas Maxwell Anderson: An Attitude Toward Man 1967 Meserve, Walter Davis, Jed Lown, Charles    
Ukpokodu, Peter I. The Nigerian Drama from Independence to the Present 1984 Findlay, Robert Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Davis, Jed Kuhlke, William Cobb, Robert
Vincent, Steven Duncan Characterization and Narrative in Shakespeare's Dramatic Figures 1989 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Findlay, Robert Willis, Ron Wright, Jack Hardin, Richard (English)
Vunovich, Nancy The Women in the Plays of Eugene OÕNeill 1966 Reardon, William Goff, Lewin Meserve, Walter    
Wessel, Kennis N. Drama in Opera: The Logic of Opera and of Opera Criticism 1983 Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Unruh, Del Davis, Jed Willis, Ron Oruch, Jack (English)
Wheeler, Charles Randolph The Stage Irishman on the 19th Century American Stage 1972 Willis, Ron Findlay, Robert Lown, Charles    
Whitmore, Richard A. The Neutral Actor: From Copeau to Grotowski and Beyond 1990 Findlay, Robert Willis, Ron Pierce, Glenn Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Johnson, Ted (French)
Wright, Jack B. The Living Theatre: Alive and Committed 1969 Findlay, Robert Brooking, Jack Kuhlke, William    
Wrolson, Joy L. Re-Inventing Memory and Reforming Performances: A Genealogy of Panic Theatre in Zimbabwe After Operation Restore Order 2009 Ajayi, Omofolabo Gronbeck-Tedesco, John Falicov, Tamara Ukpokodu, Peter MacGonagle, Elizabeth (History)
Young, William Curtis A Guide to Manuscripts and Special Collections in the Theatrical Arts in the United States and Canada 1970 Litto, Fredric Kuhlke, William Findlay, Robert    

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