Jonathan D. Shandell

Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

#13 Kistler Hall 1 (215) 517-2592

About Me

Dr. Jonathan Shandell is Associate Professor of Theatre Arts. As a published theater historian, his scholarship focuses on issues of race and integration on the American stage of the mid-20th century.  He is the author of The American Negro Theatre and the Long Civil Rights Era (University of Iowa Press, 2019) and co-editor of the anthology Experiments in Democracy: Interracial and Cross-Cultural Exchange in American Theatre, 1912-1945 (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016). Other publications include chapters in Visions of American Tragedy (forthcoming from Bloomsbury), The Cambridge Companion to African American TheatreAfrican American Review, Journal of American Drama and Theatre,Theatre Topics, Cambridge African American National Biography, Theatre Survey and other leading academic journals. Jonathan has presented his research at annual conferences of the Modern Language Association (MLA) the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Comparative Drama Conference and for other professional organizations. Jonathan has previously held appointments as an Affiliated Writers/Jerome Foundation fellow with American Theatre magazine, Adjunct Professor of Theater Studies at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, and Graduate Teaching Fellow at Yale University. At Arcadia, Jonathan teaches courses in theatre history, script analysis, dramaturgy and dramatic literature. He holds MFA and DFA degrees in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama.

Areas Of Focus

Race and integration on the American stage, mid-20th Century; African American theater history; American theater history

Education History

Yale School of Drama 2007

Doctor of Fine Arts, Major in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism

Yale School of Drama 2001

Master of Fine Arts, Major in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism

University of Michigan 1994

BA, Major in Theater, English LIterature

Publications

Author 2018

The American Negro Theatre and the Long Civil Rights Era

Book, University of Iowa Press

Co-Editor 2016

Experiments in Democracy: Interracial and Cross-Cultural Exchange in American Theater, 1912-1945

Book, Southern Illinois University Press

Co-Authored with Dr. Cheryl Black, University of Missouri

Author: chapter on Langston Hughes

Visions of American Tragedy

Contribution to book, Bloomsbury

Co-Authored with David Palmer, editor

Author - chapter on The Negro Little Theater Movement 2012

The Cambridge Companion to African American Theater

Contribution to book, Cambridge University Press

Co-Authored with Harvey Young, editor