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Professor of Theater and Dance, University of Kansas

Henry Bial's research and teaching specialties include performance theory, religious performance, Jewish popular culture, musical theatre history, and theater historiography.


  • 2005–present
    Professor, University of Kansas


    New York University, PhD
    Harvard University, AB


  • 2021
    The Great North American Stage Directors, Vol. 4, Bloomsbury Methuden
  • 2016
    The Performance Studies Reader, Third Edition, Routledge
  • 2015
    Playing God: the Bible on the Broadway Stage, University of Michigan Press
  • 2005
    Acting Jewish: Negotiating Ethnicity on the American Stage and Screen, University of Michigan Press

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education
  • American Society for Theatre Research
  • College of Fellows of the American Theatre