Jonelle Walker

Jonelle Walker
Teaching Assistant
1801 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Jonelle Walker is a first year Theatre and Performance Studies doctoral student. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality, and violence in performance, with particular interest in feminist praxis, the history of staged violence, and digital historiography. In addition to her studies, Jonelle is a freelance playwright, dramaturg, director, and theatre writer.


  • MA, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD
  • BA, Theatre Arts and Literature, American University, Washington, D.C.

Areas of Specialization/Interest

Feminism & Feminist Performance Praxis, Performances of Gender & Sexuality, Staged Violence, Digital Historiography, Paratheatrical Performance, Practice as Research

Professional Affiliations

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Women & Theatre Program

Conference Presentations

2017 “The Irreconcilable Volatility of Bloody Betty & the Online Archive,” for working group “Residual Transgressions,” American Society for Theatre Research, Atlanta, GA, November.

2016 “Performing Without Rights: thatswhatshesaid,” for Women & Theatre Program Pre-Conference, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Chicago, IL, August.

Representative Productions

  • A Midsummer Nights Dream and TAME., WSC Avant Bard, 2016.
  • New Visions/New Voices, Kennedy Center/University of Maryland, College Park, 2016.
  • Blood Memories, TDPS Second Season, 2016.
  • TDPS New Play Workshop, University of Maryland TDPS, 2017.


  • 2017-2018, University of Maryland Flagship Fellowship
  • 2016, ATHE Theory & Criticism Graduate Student Essay Contest, Honorable Mention
  • 2017, Helen Hayes Awards, Outstanding Play or Musical Adaptation (Nomination)