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Jared Strange

Jared Strange

Graduate Student, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

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Jared Strange is a Ph.D. candidate in Theatre & Performance Studies program and a writing fellow at the University of Maryland’s Graduate School Writing Center. His primary research examines how soccer’s cultural, political, and economic capital is contested and advanced in performance, both on the pitch and on the stage. Jared is also a dramaturg, playwright, and educator working in the Washington, D.C. area. He is currently the Dramaturg for the Teens Behind the Scenes program at The National Theatre and has served worked with such organizations as Rorschach Theatre Company, Young Playwrights’ Theater, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Learn more at jaredrobertstrange.wordpress.com.

Education/Training:

  • BA in Theatre, Hardin-Simmons University (2009)
  • MFA in Playwriting, Texas Tech University (2014)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Dramatists Guild of America
  • Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education
  • American Society for Theatre Research
  • International Federation for Theatre Research

Publications:

Academic

  • “Playing On, Playing Along: Soccer’s Performative Activism in the Time of COVID-19,” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 35, no. 2 (2021): 135-139.
  • “Between the Rainbow Nation and the Melting Pot: Troubling Reconciliation with The Fall,” Comparative Drama 55, no. 1 (2021): 59-82.
  • The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe (Review),” Theatre Journal 73, no. 2 (2021): 249-251
  • “The World Cup’s Double-Headed Eagle: Gestures and Scenarios in the Football Arena,” Theatre Research International 45.1 (2020)
  • “‘This Antigone is just right for us’: Redefining Antigone on The Island,” Texas Theatre Journal 9.1 (2013)

Online

Conference presentations (selected)

  • “The Most Important Unimportant Thing: Performance, Power, and Activism in Contemporary Sport” panel at Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference (2021), featuring Sean Bartley, Noe Montez, and Leticia Ridley

  • “In Your Time, As It Was in Ours: Memory and Material in Nuclear Semiotics,” International Federation of Theatre Research Conference (2021)

  • Dramaturging the Phoenix Roundtable, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas Annual Conference (2020)

  • “We Kill Monsters: Dungeons & Dragons Takes a Public Turn,” Revenance – the Monster Always Returns Working Group, American Society for Theatre Research (2020) (remote working group)

  • “The President Takes to the Pitch: Publics and Counter-Publics in the Football Arena,” Theatres of Diplomacy Working Group at the American Society for Theatre Research (2019)

  • “Between the Rainbow Nation and the Melting Pot: The Fall and South African Theatre as American Commentary,” AfriSem Conference at Northwestern University (2019)

  • “‘Atheism’s Love Letter to Religion’: Dogma, Humanitarianism, and the Power of Story-telling in the Musical The Book of Mormon,” 15th  International Conference on Language, Literature, and Cultural Policies in Craiova, Romania (2016)

  • “The Colonial Tongue in the African Mouth: Death and the King’s Horseman and Embodied Resistance in the Yoruba Communicative Mode,” TTU Comparative Literature Symposium (2016)

  • “The RROAPS Experience: Creating, Refining, and Critiquing the College One-Act Play Festival,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference (2013)

Playwriting (selected):

  • “Three Histories of the Future,” Klecksography at Rorschach Theatre (2019)
  • “Delilah Revisited,” Fearless New Play Festival at the University of Maryland (2019)
  • “The Emperor’s Big, Fat, Naked Revolution,” DC Source Festival (2017)
  • “Trapped Like a You Know What,” FAU Theatre Lab (2017); Carrollwood Players (2017); William Inge Theatre Festival (2017)
  • Ubu Roy: An American Tale, Lubbock Community Theatre (2016)
  • The Prophet Darla, Texas Educational Theatre Association PlayFest Winner (2015); Hardin-Simmons University (2014); Texas Tech University (2014)
  • Fault/Line, Texas Tech University and the MeetFactory in Prague (2013)

Dramaturgy (selected):

  • Waiting for Iggy Pop, Rorschach Theatre Company’s Magic in Rough Spaces series (2021)
  • The Visit, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland (2019)
  • Shame on Me and Of Beauty Queens and Childhood Dreams, WildWind Performance Lab at Texas Tech (2018)
  • The Last Days of Judas, Lubbock Community Theatre (2018)
  • Twelfth Night, Texas Tech University (2014)
  • The Illusion, Texas Tech University (2013)
  • Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Texas Tech (2012)
  • Blood is Thicker Than Roswell, Prague Fringe Festival (2012)

Creative

PhD student Jared Strange hired as dramaturg for National Theatre's High School Ticket Program

As dramaturg for National Theatre's High School Ticket Program, Jared Strange prepares student packets and conducts talkbacks for high school students.

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PhD student Jared Strange was recently hired as the dramaturg for National Theatre’s High School Ticket Program. In this job, he prepares study packets and conducts talkbacks for high school students for this season’s productions. The program collaborates with organizations such as Young Playwrights’ Theater and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

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Publications

PhD student Jared Strange published in Theatre Research International

Jared Strange published research about gestures and scenarios in the soccer World Cup.

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PhD student Jared Strange published his article, “The World Cup’s Double-Headed Eagle: Gestures and Scenarios in the Football Arena,” in Theatre Research International.

Abstract:

During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, two Kosovo-born Swiss players stirred controversy when they flashed a double-headed eagle gesture during a contentious win over Serbia. The gesture was an assertion of ethnic Albanian pre-eminence in Kosovo and a rhetorical strike against the Serbians, who still claim ownership over Kosovo even ten years after its declaration of independence. The gesture sparked worldwide media coverage and prompted punishments by FIFA (the World Cup's governing body), which legislates against overt political expression during matches. In this article, I will examine the double-headed eagle gesture as an example of the body's unique capacity to perform multiple political interventions at once. Not only did it transmit a contentious history, it also undermined the anti-political boundaries erected around the scenarios of transnational combat engendered by FIFA, highlighted anti-immigrant sentiments still festering across Europe, and illustrated the communicative powers that elite players can access through their goal celebrations. Considering these valences supports my reading of this case as symbolic of the sort of ruptures produced by competing impulses operating in Europe today, one working for the affirmation of the union, the other for its dissolution.

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