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Christin Essin

Associate Professor of Theatre
Theatre History

Christin Essin is an Associate Professor of Theatre History with a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin; she previously received her M.A from Northwestern University and B.A from Wake Forest University.  Her book, Stage Designers in Early Twentieth Century America: Artists, Activists, Cultural Critics, received the 2015 Golden Pen Award from USITT; it examines the cultural roles played by theatre designers during the modern development of their profession.  Her current book project is a cultural history of backstage labor, with particular emphasis on the labor politics and unions operating in New York City’s jurisdictions. She has published essays in Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, and Theatre History Studies.  In the Theatre Department, she teaches THTR 1010, Fundamentals of Theatre; the Histories of Theatre and Drama series, including THTR 2201 (Rituals and World Performance, 2202W (The European Stage), and 2204 (The U.S. Stage); and THTR 3201W, Contemporary Drama and Performance Criticism.