Professor Dan Venning

Dan Venning

Job Title
Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance
Henle Dance Pavilion 202
Department/Program: Theater & Dance

Dan Venning has published articles in Asian Theatre JournalForum for Modern Language Studies, and Performing Arts Resources, as well as numerous chapters in scholarly edited collections, book reviews, and performance reviews in a broad range of scholarly journals. He is working on a book about Shakespearean performance and nation-building in nineteenth-century Germany. Before entering academia, he was the Associate Dramaturg at the California Shakespeare Theatre.  

Area of Expertise

Theatre history, dramatic literature, theatre criticism, Shakespearean performance, musical theatre, theatre and nation building.


Introduction to the Study of Literature: Drama; History of Theatre; Contemporary American Theatre and Drama; Theatre Criticism; History of Shakespeare in Performance; Musical Theatre since 1970; Nonwestern Theatre and Global Performance Traditions, Culture and Nation (FYP).

Recent Publications

Game of Thrones as Gesamtkunstwerk: Adapting Shakespeare and Wagner” in Vying for the Iron Throne: Essays on Power, Gender, Death and Performance in HBO’s Game of Thrones. McFarland and Company (October, 2018).

Richard III in the Era of Trump” (Review essay). PAJ 40, no. 2 (PAJ 119, May 2018): 1-12.

“‘See the Revolution of the Times’: Ivo van Hove’s Materialist Shakespeare Cycles” (Review Essay). Shakespeare: A Journal 14, no. 2 (May 2018): 181-88.

Kings of War by William Shakespeare and Toneelgroep Amsterdam” (Performance Review). Theatre Journal 70, no. 1 (March 2018): 90-92.

Julius CaesarA Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Hamlet: The Public Theater’s Summer Shakespeare” (Performance Review). Shakespeare Bulletin 35, no. 4 (Winter 2017): 711-20.

“Isaac Asimov’s Shakespeare.” In Critical Insights: Isaac Asimov. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2017. 224-38.

“Review Essay: Subject Histories of Taylor Mac’s ‘Radical Faerie Realness Ritual’ History.” With David Román, Kalle Westerling, Jennifer Buckley, Miriam Felton-Dansky, Kim Marra, César Alvarez, and Erik Patterson. Theatre Journal 69, no. 3 (September 2017): 403-15.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D., City University of New York; M. Litt., University of St. Andrews; B.A., Yale University