Henry Bial

Associate Professor-Theatre
Chair-Department of American Studies
785-864-4011
Bailey Hall, Room #213P

Ph.D., New York University
Theatre History and Criticism; Performance Theory; Religious Performance; Jewish Popular Culture

Henry Bial is jointly appointed in American Studies and Theatre. His research and teaching specialties include performance theory, religious performance, Jewish popular culture, and theatre historiography. He holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University and a BA in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University.
 
Dr. Bial is the author of Acting Jewish: Negotiating Ethnicity on the American Stage and Screen (University of Michigan Press, 2005), the editor of The Performance Studies Reader (Routledge, 2004; Second Edition, 2007), and the co-editor of Theater Historiography: Critical Interventions (with Scott Magelssen, University of Michigan Press, 2010) and Brecht Sourcebook (with Carol Martin, Routledge, 2000). He has published essays in TDR, Theatre Topics, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, and elsewhere. He serves on the editorial boards of Theatre Survey, Theatre Topics, and The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, as well as the forthcoming Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stage Actors and Acting.
 
In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Dr. Bial has worked in a variety of capacities — director, performer, designer, playwright, dramaturg, and lighting operator — in university and professional theatres in New York, Kansas City, Boston, Minneapolis, and Albuquerque. A proud member of the Buran Theatre Company, he last appeared as John Polidori and The Vampyre in Nightmares.
 
Dr. Bial currently serves as President of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), a comprehensive non-profit professional membership organization. Founded in 1986, ATHE serves the interests of its diverse individual and organizational members, including college and university theatre departments and administrators, educators, graduate students, and theatre practitioners.
 
Effective July 1, 2014, Dr. Bial will become the Associate Dean for KU’s School of the Arts.
 

Upcoming Events
Connect with the Department of Theatre

FacebookTwitterYouTubeFlickr

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
1 of 9 public universities with outstanding study abroad programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
$260.5 million in externally funded research expenditures
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times