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The Cornis-Pope Lecture in Media Art & Text: Dr. Noreen Barnes and the “Theatre History, Microhistory: The Curious Career of Robert Craig”

Noreen BarnesVirginia Commonwealth University’s interdisciplinary doctoral program in Media Art & Text (MATX) will host its annual faculty lecture series, the Cornis-Pope Lecture in Media Art & Text.

The series honors Marcel Cornis-Pope, Ph.D., professor of English, the MATX program’s founding director and an internationally recognized scholar in literary theory and modern and postmodern literature.

The Cornis-Pope Lecture in Media Art & Text will be held on Friday, Sept. 4, at 3 p.m. at the VCUarts Depot Building, 814 West Broad Street. A reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

This year’s lecture is “Theatre History, Microhistory: The Curious Career of Robert Craig″, delivered by Dr. Noreen Barnes, Director of Graduate Studies in the VCU Department of Theatre. This presentation will take a look at the contributions to the American theatre of Robert Craig, an actor and playwright who worked primarily during the Civil War decade, a crucial interim that is often overlooked in many surveys of the arts and life of the nineteenth century.

Barnes received her PhD and MA in Drama from Tufts University and BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Delaware.  In addition to her work in the Theatre Department as a theatre historian and tenured Associate Professor, she has been an Associate Faculty member in VCU Graduate School’s Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) and Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Media, Art and Text (MATX) programs. Previous to VCU, her academic appointments included Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; Lecturer in Theatre, San Francisco State University; and Assistant Professor, Departments of Theatre and Women’s Studies, California State University, Northridge.

Noreen was the co-editor (with Nicholas Deutsch) of the play anthology, Tough Acts to Follow, is a former editor of Theatre Symposium, and is on editorial boards of three publications. She has published essays and reviews in the anthologies Enacting Nationhood: Identity, Ideology and the Theatre, 1855-99,  Gender in Performance and Passing Performances, and journals such as Theatre JournalTheatre History StudiesTheatre Management JournalJournal of Dramatic Theory and CriticismText and Performance QuarterlyPerforming Arts Resources, and American Historical Review, among others. She has presented papers and chaired sessions at conferences including the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), American Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), National Communication Association (NCA), Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC), New England Theatre Conference (NETC), the Blackfriars Conference and American Studies Association (ASA), among others.

Noreen has been a director, dramaturg and administrator for both professional and academic theatres for over 30 years, including Double Edge Theatre (MA), University of Oregon Theatre, Tufts University Arena Theatre, Eureka Theatre, Theatre Rhinoceros, and Actors Theatre of San Francisco. Her work as a director is cited in the Cambridge Guide to the American Theater. She directed the premiere production of Kate Bornstein’s Hidden: A Gender, starring Bornstein and Justin Bond, and served as assistant and dramaturg for legendary director Joseph Chaikin’s productions at San Francisco State University and American Conservatory Theatre.  She is currently Interim Artistic Director of Richmond Triangle Players.

MATX is a joint endeavor of the School of the Arts and the Robertson School of Media and Culture and the Department of English in the College of Humanities and Sciences. The program emphasizes the historical and theoretical foundations essential to the scholarly study of media, both old and new, broadly defined.

For more information, visit http://www.matx.vcu.edu.