Ryan M Donovan
Assistant Professor of Theater Studies

Ryan Donovan specializes in musical theater, dance, and theories of embodiment. His first book, Broadway Bodies: A Critical History of Conformity,  (forthcoming in 2023 from Oxford University Press), examines the body politics of casting contemporary Broadway musicals.

His second book is titled Queer Approaches in Musical Theatre and it is one of the inaugural books in the new series Topics in  Musical Theatre  (forthcoming in early 2023 by Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama).

Ryan earned his PhD in Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Ryan's articles appear in the Journal of American Drama and Theatre and Studies in Musical Theatre . His editorial projects include The Routledge Companion to Musical Theatre (with Laura MacDonald, forthcoming 2023), and the special issue of Studies in Musical Theatre (13.1, March 2019) on dance and musical theatre (with Joanna Dee Das). Ryan is a member of the editorial board of Studies in Musical Theatre.

Current Research Interests

musical theatre studies, disability studies, fat studies, lgbtq+ studies, dance studies, theatre history

Office Hours

Wednesdays, 2-4pm

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