Janna Segal

Assistant Professor of Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, and Dramaturgy


Dr. Janna Segal teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in: theatre history, literature, and theory; Shakespeare and Shakespearean adaptation; American feminist theatre; and dramaturgy. She received her Ph.D. in Drama and Theatre from the UC Irvine/UC San Diego joint doctoral program, her MA in Theatre from California State University, Northridge, and her BA in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz. Prior to joining the UofL faculty, Dr. Segal was an Assistant Professor in the Theatre Department and in the MLitt/MFA Shakespeare and Performance program at Mary Baldwin College, and an IHUM Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. She has also taught theatre history, literature and theory, Shakespeare, Chicanx theatre and film, and acting at UC Irvine, UC Riverside, and California State University, Northridge.

Her dissertation, Shakespearean-Becomings: Transversal Explorations of Amorous Desire on the Shakespearean Stage, is an analysis of the transversal representation of amorous desire in Shakespeare’s theatre and its historical impact on Western cultures through critical and dramatic reconceptualizations. She has published single and co-authored works on Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Henry VMacbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet; Dekker and Middleton’s The Roaring Girl; Fo and Rame’s Elisabetta; and Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Her scholarly work has appeared in such journals as SDC Journal, JEMCS, Shakespeare, and Early Modern Literary Studies, as well as in numerous anthologies, including the forthcoming Playing Shakespeare’s Villains (Peter Lang, 2019), Performances at Court in Shakespeare’s Era (Cambridge UP, 2019), and How to Teach a Play (Bloomsbury, 2020).

Dr. Segal is also a freelance dramaturg whose past production work includes Shakespeare, Shakespearean adaptation, contemporary theatre, and new plays in development. She is the Resident Dramaturg of the Comparative Drama Conference (CDC), for which she dramaturgs two to three new plays a year, and a dramaturg for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s (ATHE) annual New Play Development Workshop. At UofL, she has dramaturged Baltimore, Eurydice, The Master and Margarita, and The Taming of the Shrew, which she co-adapted with Dr. Ari Calvano. She will be dramaturging the Department’s Fall 2019 production of Fires in the Mirror. She has also worked locally as a dramaturg for Commonwealth Theatre Center. Dr. Segal is a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), a Co-Conference Planner for Playwrights and Creative Teams (PACT) at ATHE, and she serves on the Board of the Comparative Drama Conference.