Professor Janelle Reinelt, Theatre and Performance Studies, has received the Distinguished Scholar Award of the American Society for Theatre Research at its annual conference in Seattle on 20 November 2010.
This award is given each year to a scholar whose body of work has made an especially significant life-time contribution to the field of theatre, dance, opera, and/or performance studies.
The American Society for Theatre Research is the major North American organisation representing those teaching and researching theatre and performing studies at a tertiary level and this award recognises achievement at the highest professional level.
About Professor Reinelt
Professor Reinelt joined the University in 2006 from the University of California (Irvine) where she had been Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. Since joining Warwick she has set up a Masters programme in International Performance Research, run jointly with universities in Finland and the Netherlands, and attracting students from all over the world. Funded by the European Union, this programme also enables internationally renowned scholars in Theatre and Performance Studies to visit and teach at Warwick. She has also set up a number of research colloquia between Warwick staff and colleagues at the University of California and at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
She recently completed a four-year term as the President of the International Federation for Theatre Research, the leading international academic organisation for theatre and performance studies.
She is co-editor of the series Studies in International Performance for Palgrave Macmillan and an ex-editor of Theatre Journal.
Her major area of interest is contemporary performance with an emphasis on contemporary British theatre, and international performance research and teaching methods.
Her books include:
- After Brecht: British Epic Theatre (1994)
- Critical Theory and Performance (1992, co-edited with Joseph Roach; new and revised edition 2007)
- The Performance of Power: Theatrical Discourse and Politics (1991, co-edited with Sue-Ellen Case)
- The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Women Playwrights (2000, with Elaine Aston)
- Crucibles of Change: Social Change and Performance (2000) and Gender in Cultural Performances (2005)
The book The Political Theatre of David Edgar: Negotiation and Retrieval, with her partner, political philosopher Gerald Hewitt, is about to be published by Cambridge University Press.