Following a national search, Professor Kirsten Pullen became Head of the Department of Theatre on August 16. Dr. Pullen joins us from Texas A&M University where she was a professor of Performance Studies. She had served as Director of Graduate Studies for Texas A&M’s M.A. in Performance Studies from its inception in 2010. From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Pullen directed A&M’s Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts. Before joining Texas A&M, she was assistant professor of English at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Pullen holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Theatre Research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a performance historian with particular emphasis on female performers and performance theory in the 20th and 21st centuries United States. Dr. Pullen is the author of Actresses and Whores: On Stage and In Society (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Like a Natural Woman: Spectacular Female Performance in Classical Hollywood (Rutgers University Press, 2014), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. She is a prolific conference presenter and has been active in the American Society for Theatre Research, serving as a member of its Executive Committee from 2011–14. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Kirsten Pullen to Illinois Theatre.