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Victoria Scrimer

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

1801 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
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Victoria Scrimer is doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland where she is completing her dissertation, “Beyond Resistance: Performing Protest in a Postdramatic Age.” Her research focuses on dramatic theory and its application in political activism. Victoria is the two-time winner of the Comparative Drama Conference’s Anthony Ellis Prize for outstanding paper by a graduate student and her work has appeared in Etudes, Text & Presentation, and Critical Stages. In addition to serving as a fellow with the Graduate School Writing Center at the University of Maryland she teaches writing and rhetoric at Catholic University as well as dramatic literature and theatre history at the University of Mary Washington. 


  • 2020 Faculty-Student Research Award

  • 2019 Anthony Ellis Prize for Outstanding Paper by a Graduate Student, Comparative Drama Conference

  • 2019 Devos Fellowship, University of Maryland

  • 2018 Anthony Ellis Prize for Outstanding Paper by a Graduate Student, Comparative Drama Conference

  • 2017-18 Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award, University of Maryland


  • 2020 Graduate Certificate, Digital Studies in the Arts & Humanities, University of Maryland
  • 2017 Graduate Certificate, Teaching and Learning Program, University of Maryland


  • Scrimer, Victoria. “Performing a Postmodern Prometheus: Percy Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound from Page to Stage.” Text & Presentation, vol. 15, 2019pp. 29-42.

  • Scrimer, Victoria. “You Can Never Go Home Again: Nostalgia, the Uncanny, and Staging Home on the Front Lines.” Etudes, vol. 5, no. 1, December 2019.

  • Scrimer, Victoria. “Radical Resurrections: A Performance History of John Brown’s Body.” Text & Presentation, vol. 16, 2019.  49-62.

  • Scrimer, Victoria. "The Self-Immolation of David Buckel: Towards a Postdramatic Activism." Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques. no. 23, June 2021.

  • Scrimer, Victoria. "When the Play is Not the Thing: The Mueller Report and the Limits of Documentary Drama." Theatre in a Post-Truth World. Methuen, 2022. forthcoming.

  • Scrimer, Victoria. "Mulder It's Me: A History of Intimacy, Invasion and Cell Phones in the X-Files." The X-Files Companion. Bloomsbury, 2023. forthcoming. 

Professional associations:

  • American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR)