Jonelle Walker is a fifth year theatre and performance studies doctoral candidate. Her dissertation research focuses on performances of white femininity in theatre, popular culture, and social media from the mid-19th century to the present. Areas of expertise include intellectual history and praxis of feminism; feminist performance theory; cultural theories of gender, sexuality, and racial identity formation; the history of staged violence; and digital historiography. In addition to her studies, Jonelle is a freelance playwright, dramaturg, director, and theatre writer. She is a company member and associate producer with Rorschach Theatre, as well as a co-host of the RomCom Killjoys podcast. www.JonelleWalker.com
- 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:
Intellectual History and Praxis of Feminism; Feminist Performance Theory; Cultural Theories of Gender, Sexuality, and Racial Identity Formation; History of Staged Violence; Digital Historiography and Digital Cultures; Paratheatrical Performance; Practice as Research
- Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Women & Theatre Program
- American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)
- Gerdsen, Jenna and Jonelle Walker. “Who Reports Mandatory Reporters?” Theatre Topics vol. 29 no. 2 (July 2019): 161-8.
- 2020/21, “Women in White,” Working Group “Repetition, Realization, Remediation: Theatre and Visual Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century,” American Society for Theatre Research, New Orleans, LA, November (rescheduled)/ San Diego, CA, October.
- 2019, “Contrapoints’ Contranyms,” for working group “Private Lives in Public Spaces,” American Society for Theatre Research, Arlington, VA, November.
- 2018, “Speak Now: Sexual Harassment in American Theatre,” Co-Chaired Panel, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Boston, MA, August.
- 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: that’swhatshesaid,” for Women & Theatre Program Pre-Conference, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Chicago, IL, August.
- Psychogeographies, Rorschach Theatre, 2021-2022.
- Distance Frequencies, Rorschach Theatre, 2020-2021
- Hapa, TDPS Second Season, 2019
- Illyria, WSC Avant Bard, 2018
- A Midsummer Night’s 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
- 2021, Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Completion Fellowship
- 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)