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Tracy Davis Wins Theatre Award

December 6, 2005 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Tracy Davis, Ethel M. Barber Professor of Performing and professor of English and theatre at Northwestern University, is the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar’s Prize from The American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR).

In awarding the prize, the ASTR, which provides an organization and public voice for theatre scholars and promotes the theatre as a field for serious scholarly study, called Davis’s scholarly work “a model for the profession.”

Davis is the author of “Actresses as Working Women: Their Social Identity in Victorian Culture” and “The Economic History of the British Stage, 1800 -1914,” among other books. She is the author of dozens of articles on a wide variety of topics, including Victorian theatre, 20th century popular culture, gender studies and dramatic criticism.

Her forthcoming book explores the staging of preparations for nuclear war by populations within British, Canadian and American communities as they coordinate civil defense exercises affecting neighborhoods, cities and nations on local and international scales. Titled “Stages of Emergency: Cold War Nuclear Civil Defense,” it will be published in 2006 by Duke University Press.

The director of Northwestern’s Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama, Davis has taught courses on theatre research methodology, feminist performance historiography, 19th century British women playwrights and museums and exhibiting. She is co-editor of “The Performing Society: 19th Century Theatre’s History,” which will be published in 2007.

Davis received the 2000 George Freedley Memorial Award from the Theatre Library Association for excellence in writing on live theatre. She also won Northwestern’s Clarence Ver Steeg Graduate Faculty Award in 2004, a National Endowment for the Humanities Research.

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