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Jeanmarie Higgins

Jeanmarie Higgins
Assistant Professor of Dramaturgy


Robinson 376



Dr. Higgins received a PhD in Theatre History, Theory, & Criticism from the University of Washington, an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Virginia, and a BA in Theatre Arts from Drew University. Her current book project—Dwelling in Public: Domestic Space in Contemporary Drama, Dance, and Performance Art—engages the interplay of spaces of home and spaces of theatre. Dr. Higgins’s essays have been published in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre Topics, and Theatre Symposium, and her performance criticism has appeared in Theatre Journal. Her studio practice focuses on new works dramaturgy. Recent projects include Geomancy for the Process Series at UNC Chapel Hill; and how to be in two places at once for AGA Collaborative; and a new bilingual Spanish/English children’s musical, Mamá Goose, by Irania Patterson and Beth Murray for UNC Charlotte. Her dramaturgy process for choreographer Kim Jones’s reconstruction of the lost 1935 solo, Imperial Gesture, for the Martha Graham Dance Company is the subject of “Iconicity and the Archive: Imperial Gesture 1935/2013,” forthcoming in Review: Journal of Dramaturgy. She is the co-recipient of the American Society of Theatre Research Collaborative Research Award (with Dr. Lisa Jackson-Schebetta at the University of Pittsburgh); a faculty participant in the Mellon School for Theater and Performance Research 2014 in residence at Harvard University; a reviewer for the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship; and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Before joining the UNC Charlotte faculty in 2011, Dr. Higgins taught critical theory and playwriting at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where she was also resident dramaturg.