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Dr. Magelssen is the author of Living History Museums: Undoing History through Performance (Scarecrow Press, 2007). He is co-editor, with Henry Bial, of Theater Historiography: Critical Interventions(Michigan 2010), co-editor with Rhona Justice-Mallory, of Enacting History (Alambama,2010), and co-editor, with Ann Haugo of Querying Difference in Theatre History, (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Fall 2007). Dr. Magelssen edits the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Click here for JDTC's website.
Dr. Magelssen’s articles appear inTheatre History Studies, New Theatre Quarterly, Visual Communication, National Identities, The Journal of Religion and Theatre, TDR (The Drama Review), Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Performance Research, Theatre Annual, Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, and Theatre Topics. He has published performance and book reviews in Shakespeare Bulletin, Theatre Journal, and the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies Dr. Magelssen won the 2005 Gerald Kahan Award for the Best Essay in Theatre Studies by a Younger Scholar for his article, “Performance Practices of [Living] Open Air Museums, "which appeared inTheatre History Studies in 2004.
His current book project, "Simming: The Performance of Meaning in Live Immersive Environments, treats the way the military uses theatre and performance to train soldiers for counterinsurgency and nation-building in Iraq; the staging of illegal US/Mexico border crossings by a tourist attraction/eco-park in Mexico; and the living history performances of Civil War field embalming at contemporary battle reenactments (including corpses for embalming demonstrations).
Dr. Magelssen is currently First Vice President for the Mid-America Theatre Conference, a member of the American Society for Theatre Research Executive Committee, and he serves on the Editorial Board for Theatre Topics.
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Before coming to Bowling Green State University in 2007, Dr. Magelssen taught theatre history, dramaturgy, and performance studies for five years at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.
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Dr. Magelssen’s directing credits include Stuff Happens (2007), The Importance of Being Earnest (2006), the English-language premiere of Klinger’s Storm and Stress (2005), Gross Indecency (2004) Endgame (2002), and The Crazy Locomotive (1997). He was dramaturg for the Minneapolis-based Praxis Group, most memorably for its 8-hour versions of Hamletmachine in Minneapolis (2001) and Amsterdam (2002). In 2004 he worked with students to write and produce a radio play about de-industrialization in the midwest: Last One Out of the Quad Cities, Turn Out the Lights!, which was based on first-person accounts of former factory workers and community leaders in Illinois and Iowa. He was a dramaturgy intern at the Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis in 1996.