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Jonelle Walker

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

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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. 


  • 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

Professional Affiliations:

  • 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. 

Conference Presentations:

  • 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.

Representative Productions:

  • 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)