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Jordan Schildcrout

Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance

Co-Chair of BA Program in Theatre and Performance

Co-Chair, BA Program in Theatre & Performance

 

Jordan Schildcrout is Associate Professor of Theatre & Performance at Purchase College and the author of In the Long Run: A Cultural History of Broadway’s Hit Plays (Routledge) and Murder Most Queer: The Homicidal Homosexual in the American Theatre (Michigan). He has published scholarly articles on theatrical representations of gender and sexuality, with topics including the Stonewall Riots, the queer apocalypse, “spinster” detectives, and the Muppets.

Jordan began his career as a dramaturg, working with Manhattan Theatre Club, Denver Center Theatre Company, Adobe Theatre Company, and the Drama Desk-nominated Wash & Fold Theatre Project, which he co-founded. More recently, he served as the dramaturg on productions of Veritas (The Representatives) and And Baby Makes Seven (New Ohio), as well as Purchase College productions of Apparition and Eurydice. Currently, he is developing a podcast with the TOSOS theatre company. He also serves as the treasurer of the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS).

Jordan earned his Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center and previously taught at Ohio University. He joined the faculty of Purchase College in 2011 and was recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2017.

Representative Courses

  • LGBTQ Drama
  • Hits: Broadway’s Popular Plays
  • Theatre Histories II
  • Dramaturgy
  • Junior Seminar

Publications

Books:

In the Long Run: A Cultural History of Broadway’s Hit Plays
Routledge (October 2019) https://www.broadwayinthelongrun.com/

Tubstrip: A Play by Jerry Douglas, edited and foreword by Jordan Schildcrout
Chelsea Station Editions (June 2019) https://tubstrip.com/

Murder Most Queer: The Homicidal Homosexual in the American Theater
University of Michigan Press (October 2014) https://www.murdermostqueer.com/

Articles:

“Thinking Women: The Case of the Spinster Detective in Mary Roberts Rinehart’s The Bat
Journal of American Culture 42:4 (December 2019), 302-311

“Envisioning Queer Liberation: Communal Visibility in Doric Wilson’s Street Theater
Modern Drama 61:1 (Spring 2018), 82-105

“Legitimate: Jerry Douglas’s Tubstrip and the Erotic Theatre of Gay Liberation”
Journal of American Drama and Theatre 30:1 (Fall 2017)

“Refusing the Reproductive Imperative in Peter Nachtrieb’s Boom
Journal of American Drama and Theatre 27:1 (Winter 2015)

“Queer Justice: The Retrials of Leopold and Loeb on Stage and Screen”
Journal of American Culture (June 2011), 175-188

“The Closet is a Deathtrap: Bisexuality, Duplicity, and the Dangers of the Closet in the Postmodern Thriller”
Theatre Journal (March 2011), 43-59

“The Performance of Non-Conformity on The Muppet Show – or, How Kermit Made Me Queer”
Journal of Popular Culture (October 2008), 823-835