Kim Marra

Kim Marra

Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
theatre history & dramatic literature
BA, Dartmouth College
MA, Brown University
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Office: 
136 TB
Phone: 
319.353.2402


Kim is professor of theatre and performance history and the Director of Graduate Studies. She holds a quarter-time appointment in the American Studies Department and is affiliate faculty in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. Her book Strange Duets: Impresarios and Actresses in the American Theatre, 1865-1914 (The University of Iowa Press Studies in Theatre History and Culture Series, 2006) won the 2008 Joe A. Callaway Prize for Best Book on Drama or Theatre conferred biennially by NYU’s Department of English. She co-edited Passing Performances: Queer Readings of Leading Players in American Theater History (1998) and Staging Desire: Queer Readings of American Theater History (2002), The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy: A Biographical Dictionary of Major Figures of the American Stage in the Pre-Stonewall Era (2005), all for the University of Michigan Press. Her new book project is entitled “Fashioning the Thoroughbred Ideal: Show Women and Show Horses on American Stages, 1865-1930.”

She serves on the editorial boards of The University of Iowa Press, the Theatre in the Americas Series of Southern Illinois University Press, and Theatre History Studies, as well as on the Publications Committee of the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS). She is a former Secretary of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) and a former member of both the Executive Committee of ASTR and the Executive Board of the ATDS. She has been Book Review Editor as well as an Editorial Board member of Theatre Survey.

Kim is the recipient of a Collegiate Teaching Award; College of Fellows of the American Theatre; and the Joe A. Callaway Prize for Best Book on Drama or Theatre.

Kim's article entitled "Riding, Scarring, Knowing: A Queerly Embodied Performance Historiography," has been awarded the 2013 Outstanding Article Award by ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education).

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