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Associate Professor of Theatre
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Dr. Zachary A. Dorsey (he/him) is a scholar specializing in GLBTQ+ art and activism, musical theatre, pedagogy, and representations of violence. Prior to his arrival at James Madison University in 2012, he taught at St. Lawrence University for four years in the Department of Performance and Communication Arts and the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Zachary is a production dramaturg and new work dramaturg, and he has contributed to theatre, dance, and musical theatre productions at universities, as well as shows at Austin Shakespeare, Jump Start Performance Company (San Antonio), State Theatre Company (Austin), and Pendragon Theatre (Saranac Lake), among others. His writing appears in Studies in Musical Theatre, Research in Drama Education, Review: The Journal of Dramaturgy, Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Theatre Annual, e-misférica, The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical, and Troubling Traditions: Canonicity, Theatre, and Performance in the US. He is a graduate of the Performance as Public Practice program in the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

At James Madison University, Zachary teaches theatre and musical theatre history courses, performance analysis, dramaturgy, and introduction to theatre. He serves as the Theatre Minor Advisor and the Honors Liaison for the School of Theatre and Dance. He is also the Director of the JMU GenEd Summer Semester in Scotland Program. 

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