Theatre Faculy

Valleri Robinson 

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Theatre

Valleri is author of the book, Russian Culture and Theatrical Performance in America, 1891-1933 (Palgrave 2011), and received a Fulbright Award to work with Nikolai Kolyada at the Kolyada Theatre in Ekaterinburg, Russia in 2014. Her current book project, Cold War Stages: Performing “Peace and Friendship,” 1942-1965, has been supported by the American Theatre and Drama Society Faculty Research Award and the University of Illinois Research Board Award. She has been invited to be a Spring 2020 Resident Fellow at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU. Valleri also works as a professional dramaturg and teaches courses on dramaturgy, adaptation, theatre historiography, and contemporary performance theory. She served as Director of Graduate Studies and Head of Theatre Studies (2013-2018), and received the College of Fine and Applied Arts Award for Service in 2017. In 2018, Valleri was selected for the Chancellor’s Leadership Series on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Illinois. She is a 2019-2020 Fellow in the Pathways for Emerging Leaders program at the University of Illinois.