Jane Barnette is a theatre historian and dramaturg who specializes in literary adaptation and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Barnette’s production work includes dramaturgy, acting, and directing for original adaptations of literature, classic and contemporary plays, and musical theatre. She produced an original adaptation of Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage, co-created with Michael Haverty, for both Kennesaw State University and 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta.
Her chapter, “Literary Adaptation for the Stage: A Primer for Dramaturgs” appears in the Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy; this chapter is also the basis her forthcoming book with Southern Illinois University Press (Theater in the Americas series). Barnette is the author of “The Matinee Audience in Peril: The Syndicate’s Mr. Bluebeard and the Iroquois Theatre Fire” and “Rail-izing the Nation Along Lake Michigan: The Wheels a-Rolling Pageant,” both of which appeared in Theatre Symposium and stem from her research interests in the intersections of popular culture and the railroad business. Barnette’s articles and reviews have also appeared in Theatre Topics, Text and Performance Quarterly, Theatre InSight, and Theatre Journal.
A recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award for the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University, Barnette has explored the intersection of yoga/yogic philosophy and pedagogy for the past several years as coordinator of and participant in a Faculty Learning Community. She serves as a board member of the Friends of the Theatre (FROTH) and on the advisory board of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at KU, is a Regional Vice President for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, a member of the Pedagogy Subcommittee within the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and was the Associate Editor for Theatre Symposium from 2012-14.
- Theatre History
- Script Analysis
- Staging Identity in the USA
- Theatre History
- Adaptation for the Stage
- Railroad Culture
- Makeup Design History
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
I am the Acting Director of Graduate Studies and I also serve on the CLAS Committee on Graduate Studies.
Barnette, J. (in press). "The Spirit of the Piece: Adaptation Dramaturgy and Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage." . In K. Reilly (Ed.), Contemporary Approaches to Adaptation in Theatre and Performance (pp. 294-299).
Barnette, J. (2016). How to Do Things with Birds: The Janus Effect in Theatrical Adaptation. Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, 9(2), 131-145.
Barnette, J. (2015). Embracing the "Foggy Place" of Theatre History: The Chautauqua/Colloquia Model of Public Scholarship as Performance. Theatre Topics, 25(3), 231-242.
Barnette, J. (2014). Literary Adaptation for the Stage: A Primer for Dramaturgs. In M. Romanska (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (pp. 294-299).
Barnette, J. (2012). The Matinee Audience in Peril: The Syndicate's Mr. Bluebeard and the Iroquois Theatre Fire. Theatre Symposium , 20 , 23-29.
Catapult program participant, Chicago Puppet Festival, 01/19/2017 - 01/22/2017
Director, Late, a Cowboy Song, Sarah Ruhl, William Inge Memorial Theatre, Lawrence, KS, October, 2016, 08/01/2016 - 10/31/2016
Dramaturg, Artist in Residence, International Thespian Festival: Playworks, Samuel French, Lincoln, NE, 06/01/2016 - 06/30/2016 Penelope.
Director, Scenes at the Inge House, William Inge, William Inge Center for the Arts, Independence, KS, 04/20/2016 - 04/23/2016
Director, Neurasthenia, a Memorial Reading, Rachel Perlmeter, JIST (Jayhawk Initiative for Student Theatre), Murphy Hall 235, Lawrence, KS, 11/01/2015
Adaptation dramaturgy, Midnight Visit to the Grave of Poe: A Grotesque Arabesque, directed by Ric Averill, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS, 09/01/2015 - 10/31/2015
New play dramaturgy, Mami Confessions, by Lorraine Rodriguez-Reyes, directed by Susan Reid, Solo Performances, Kitchen Theatre Company, Ithaca, NY, 03/31/2015
Production Dramaturgy, Marcus; or, the Secret of Sweet, directed by Karen Robinson, Actor’s Express Theatre, Atlanta, GA, 03/31/2015
Director, Co-Author, Red Badge of Courage, Black Box Theater at Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 01/01/2015 - 03/31/2015
Barnette, J. (06/30/2016). (Re)Staging the Civil War: Red Badge of Courage in the American South. International Federation for Theatre Research. Stockholm, Sweden
Barnette, J. (11/05/2015). Troubling the Whiteness of the Whale: The Adapturgy of Moby-Dick on Stage. American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). Portland, OR
Barnette, J., McKinnon, J., Essin, C., Callens, J., Marcia, D. & Lodewyck, L. (08/02/2015). Adapt/Translate/Appropriate Roundtable Series: Pedagogical and Dramaturgical Innovations. Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Montreal, Quebec
Essin, C., Barnette, J., Fitzgerald, D. & Abrams, J. (07/29/2015 - 07/30/2015). Theory in Practice: a Pre-Conference Workshop
. Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference. Montreal, Quebec
Barnette, J., Chemers, M., Trencsényi, K. & Romanska, M. (06/27/2014). Writing and Publishing Dramaturgy Books. LMDA. Boston, MA
Barnette, J. (02/28/2014). ReActing to the Past—A Micro-Game. Armstrong State University. Savannah, GA