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Dr. Nelson Barre

Assistant Professor

Department: Fine Arts
Office: 334 Olin Hall




Ph.D. Drama and Theatre Studies
National University of Ireland, Galway

M.A. Theatre Studies
Villanova University

B.A. English, Theater, Classical Civilizations
Wabash College

Research & Teaching Interests

Contemporary Theatre and Performance
Irish Theatre
Multicultural Performance Histories
New Work Development
Memory Studies
Ritual Studies
Musical Theatre
Theatre History and Historiography

Scholarly Activities

"Whitesplaining Change and Perspective in Fairview"; Association for Theatre in Higher Education 2019
“'I Got Blood on My Cello!': Changing Embodiment and Labor with Actor-Musicians in Sondheim Revivals"; Association for Theatre in Higher Education 2019
"'Let’s now rehearse': Enda Walsh’s The Last Hotel and Finding Identity in Death"; American Conference for Irish Studies West 2017
"'born somewhere far from where I live': Bulrusher as Performance of Mixed Race and Space"; American Society for Theatre Research 2017


An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, in a version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Roanoke College, 2020)
by Joshua Harmon (Roanoke College, 2019)*
[title of show]
 by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell (Roanoke College, 2019)
The Christians by Lucas Hnath (Roanoke College, 2019)*
The Father by Florian Zeller (University of Oregon, 2018)
Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus (Staged Reading, 2017)*
The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence by Madeleine George (Summer SOUP, 2017)
* Staged reading

smudge by Meg Schenk (New Voices University of Oregon, 2018)
Just a Shack in the Woods by Connor French (New Voices University of Oregon, 2018)
Left Hand of Darkness adapted by John Schmor (Univeristy of Oregon, 2017)
Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn (University of Oregon, 2017)

Texas Intensive Workshop - Society of American Fight Directors (2018)
Margolis Method - Professor Certification (2018)

Recent Publications

"'we are holding that space for you': Representation of Race in Appropriate, Straight White Men, and The Thanksgiving Play"; New England Theatre Journal, 2019
Gina Moxley’s Re-vision of Irish Womanhood and Agency”; Forthcoming in Irish Women Playwrights and Theatre-makers
“Perpetual Stagnation and Transformation: Ballyturk and The Walworth Farce as Memorial (Re)Inscription”; in Irish Studies and the Dynamics of Memory, 2016

Available as a Media resource for the following topics

Dramaturgy, Theatre History, Irish Theatre, Contemporary Theatre and Politics