Shelley Manis

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Office Location(s): 1351 North Quad
Phone: 734.647.4523

  • Affiliation(s)
    • American Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
    • American Theatre & Drama Society (ATDS)
    • Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America (LMDA)
    • National Communications Association (NCA)
    • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • About

    Shelley holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History & Criticism from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master's in English (Dramatic Literature) from the University of Kansas. She has taught writing in various forms and departments (English at the University of Kansas; Theatre & Dance, Rhetoric & Writing, and the Digital Writing & Research Lab at the University of Texas) for twelve years. While working on her doctoral degree, she tutored and mentored student athletes at the University of Texas. She also served as a development & production dramaturg in UT's Department of Theatre & Dance, as well as a production dramaturg for two shows at the Zach Scott Theatre in Austin.

    At the Sweetland Center, Shelley particularly enjoys working with the Minor in Writing Program and teaching in the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program.

    Shelley's research interests include post-9/11 theatre and popular culture, the rhetoric of perfomance, 20th-21st Century drama, and writing pedagogy. Her work has appeared in Theatre Topics, the Journal of American Theatre & Drama, and The Quarterly Review of Film and Video.

    Fields of Study/Research Interests

    Drama, Theatre History & Criticism, Performance Studies, Rhetoric

    Courses/Teaching Assignments
    • Writing: 100, 200, 220, 420
    • LHSP: 130, 230

  • Education
    • PhD Theatre History & Criticism/Performance as a Public Practice, University of Texas at Austin
    • MA (with honors) English, University of Kansas
    • BA (with honors) English, University of Kansas
  • Presentations
    • “When Life Takes Away Your Bullets, There’s Always the Bayonette”: Playing with Genre for Political Purposes in George Brant’s Grizzly Mama,”Association for Theatre in Higher Education National Convention, Washington D.C., August 2012
    • “Rethinking the Grave of Cain Scene in Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul,” American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) Plains States Work-in-Progress Colloquium, Lawrence, KS, April 2012
    • “Rhetoric on the Stage, Performance on the Page” (Session Co-Coordinator “From Stage to Page: Rhetoric and Performance in the Writing Classroom”), CCCC Convention, Atlanta, GA, April 2011