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Jordan Schildcrout

Professor of Theatre and Performance

Co-Chair of BA Program in Theatre and Performance

Jordan Schildcrout is 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. He can also be heard discussing LGBTQ theatre history on the podcast Out Lines.

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.

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

  • Dramaturgy
  • Hits: Broadway’s Popular Plays
  • LGBTQ Drama
  • Theatre Histories II
  • Theories of Drama and Performance



50 Key Figures in Queer US Theatre
Edited by Jimmy A. Noriega and Jordan Schildcrout
Forthcoming from Routledge (2022)

In the Long Run: A Cultural History of Broadway’s Hit Plays
Routledge (2020)

Tubstrip: A Play by Jerry Douglas, edited and foreword by Jordan Schildcrout
Chelsea Station Editions (2019)

Murder Most Queer: The Homicidal Homosexual in the American Theater
University of Michigan Press (2014)

Articles and Chapters:

“Harvey Fierstein” and “John Glines”
50 Key Figures in Queer US Theatre, Routledge (2022)

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

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

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

“Transgressive Engagements: The Here and Now of Queer Theatre Scholarship”
Journal of American Drama and Theatre 28:1 (Winter 2016)

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

“Drama and the New Sexualities”
Oxford Handbook of American Drama, Oxford UP (2014)

Harvey: When a Grown Man Has an Invisible Friend”
Gay & Lesbian Review / Worldwide (March 2013)

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

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

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