Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix

Professor of Theatre
Dean, College of Creative Arts

121 Center for Performing Arts (513) 529-6010
mullener@miamiOH.edu

Liz received a BA from the University of Vermont and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She taught theatre history, dramatic literature, and theory for eleven years at Illinois State University, where she also served as the Associate Chair of the School of Theatre, Director of Graduate Studies, Director of the Masters Program in Theatre, and Associate Dean for the College of Fine Arts.

As a theatre historian, Liz writes about Antebellum culture/theatre, cross-dressing, the American Civil War, first wave feminism, and gender/feminist theory and has published articles and book reviews in the Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre History Studies, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism and TDR. Her book Wearing the Breeches: Gender on the Antebellum Stage was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2000; her second monograph Theatres of War: Civil War Theatre and the Performance of Nationhood is currently in progress.

Liz has served as representative for ATHE’s Theatre History Focus Group, Conference Planner and History Symposium Chair for the Mid-American Theatre Conference, and as an Executive Committee Member for the American Society of Theatre Research (ASTR); currently she is a member of the executive board for the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS). In addition, Mullenix is on the editorial board for “Theatre in the Americas,” a performance series published by Southern Illinois University Press, and is a consulting editor for Theatre History Studies.

At Miami, Liz teaches courses in world stages and American theatre.