Christen Mandracchia

Role: 
Teaching Assistant
Address: 
1801 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Christen Mandracchia is a third-year PhD student. Her dissertation research will examine the history of Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. Her research interests include theatre history with an emphasis on creative labor, material culture theory, popular culture, and spatial dramaturgy. 

As both a theatre scholar and practitioner, she has served as a director, designer, technical director, dramaturg, and production manager for various productions in Philadelphia and New York City. She recently served as the sound designer for the immersive project the Triumph of Isabella Experience here at UMD and at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 

Before attending UMD, she directed the award-winning off-Broadway premiere of Dorian Gray the Musical as part of the 2017 New York Musical Festival. Other highlights include serving as general manager for the play I Will Speak for Myself in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016. She served as a lighting designer for the multimedia dance concert ALT-Mode in the 2015 Central Park Summer Stage series, and for multiple Philadelphia Fringe Festival shows from 2011-the present. 

 

Education/Training

  • MA in Theatre, Villanova University
  • BA in Theatre, Ursinus College

Conference Presentations

 

  • “’The Triumph of Isabella:’ Immersive Tourism as Performance Historiography” at ASTR, Nov 2019.
  • “’Don’t Feed the Plants!’:  Monstrous Normativity and Disidentification in Little Shop of Horrors” at ATHE, Aug 2019.
  • "Gender in Disney Musicals" on Disney Theatrical Roundtable at the DePaul Pop Culture Conference, May 2019. 
  • "“A Beauty but a Funny Girl: a Queer Investigation of the Broadwayfication of Disney” at Song Stage and Screen XI, June 2016.
  • "“A Beauty but a Funny Girl: a Queer Investigation of the Broadwayfication of Disney” at the Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium, April 2015. 

Publications

Forthcoming
  • Mandracchia, Christen. “It’s Good to Be Bad: Resistance, Rebellion, and Disney Villain Merchandise” in Performance and the Disney Theme Park Experience, ed. Jennifer Kokai and Tom Robson. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Mandracchia, Christen. “’Don’t Feed the Plants!’:  Monstrous Normativity and Disidentification in Little Shop of Horrors.” Studies in Musical Theatre.