Department of Theater and Dance
Professor Dan Venning

Dan Venning

Job Title
Associate Professor of Theater and Dance
(Sabbatical Fall '23 - Spring '24)

Areas of expertise

Theatre history, dramatic literature, performance criticism, dramaturgy, Shakespearean drama and performance, musical theatre, audience and reception theory, German theatre and drama, global theatre.

Research interests

The intersections between theatre, drama, performance, and national culture, both historically and in the present day.

Teaching interests

Public Speaking; Dramatic Literature and Social Justice; Shakespeare after 1600; History of Theatre; Performance, Culture, & Creativity; Contemporary American Theatre and Drama; Musical Theatre since 1970; Nonwestern Theater and Global Performance Traditions; Performing Culture and Nation (FYI).


Prof. Venning has published articles in Asian Theatre Journal, the Eugene O'Neill Review, Forum for Modern Language Studies, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Literature / Film Quarterly, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, and Performing Arts Resources, as well as numerous chapters in scholarly edited collections, along with book reviews, and performance reviews in a broad range of scholarly journals.

Recent Publications

“Ivo van Hove’s Shakespeare Cycles: Immersive Spectacle and Intermedial Adaptation." Literature/Film Quarterly 50, no. 3 (Summer 2022), online at:

“'Black and Deep Desires': Sleep No More and the Immersive Macabre.” In Conti, Meredith and Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr., eds. Theatre and The Macabre. Horror Studies Series. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2022. 193–205.

Party in the Bardo by Laurie Anderson and Jason Moran.” Theatre Journal 74, no. 2 (June 2022): 248–53. “'A Step in the Right Direction': Eugene O’Neill’s First Pulitzer Prizes, A Century Later.” Eugene O’Neill Review 43, no. 1 (2022): 16–38.

“Our Last Shows: The Inheritance and Engaged Pedagogy on the Eve of the Pandemic” (“Note from the Field”). Theatre Topics 32, no. 1 (March 2022): 19–23.

“Report from London (November – December, 2019).” European Stages 16 (November 2021), online at:

We’re Gonna Die, Second Stage Theater, New York, NY.” PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art 43, no. 3 (PAJ 129, September 2021), special section “Pre-Pandemic Memories Performance in the Before Times”: 60–62. [Performance note.]

Godspell by John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz.” Theatre Journal 73, no. 1 (March 2021): 93 – 95. [Performance review.]

Additional media

Areas of interest

Before entering academia, Prof. Venning was the Associate Dramaturg at the California Shakespeare Theater.

Academic credentials

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