Stacy Wolf is one of America’s foremost scholars on musical theatre. She is Professor of Theater at Princeton, Director of Fellowships, and Director of Princeton’s new Program in Music Theater. She is the author of Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical (Oxford University Press, 2011), A Problem Like Maria: Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical (University of Michigan Press, 2002), and the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical (with Raymond Knapp and Mitchell Morris, 2011). She has published articles on theatre spectatorship, performance pedagogy, and musical theatre in many journals including Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, and Camera Obscura and was a former editor of Theatre Topics: A Journal of Pedagogy and Praxis. She also has experience as a director and dramaturg.
Recent publications include “’The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music’: Musical Theatre at Girls’ Jewish Summer Camps in Maine, USA” (Contemporary Theatre Review, 2017); “The Feminine Mystique Goes to Broadway: Housewives in 1960s Musical Theater” (in The Sixties, Center Stage: Mainstream and Popular Performances in a Turbulent Decade, 2017); and “Keeping Company with Sondheim’s Women” (The Oxford Handbook of Sondheim Studies, 2014). Her essay, "'We'll Always Be Bosom Buddies': Female Duets and the Queering of Broadway Musical Theatre" in GLQ (Gay and Lesbian Quarterly, 2006), won the year’s award for Best Essay in Theatre Studies from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
Wolf's manuscript-in-progress, Beyond Broadway: Four Seasons of Amateur Musical Theatre in the U.S. (forthcoming from Oxford University Press), explores the persistence of musical theatre across the country in amateur venues like summer camps, high schools, community theatres, and afterschool programs. Her chapter on Disney musicals in elementary schools appears in The Disney Musical: Stage, Screen, and Beyond.
Wolf holds a B.A. in English from Yale and an M.A. in Drama from the University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to her current appointment, Wolf was an Associate Professor in the Performance as Public Practice Program in the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Texas at Austin, where she taught from 2000-2008. At Texas, Professor Wolf also taught in the Plan II Honors Program and received a Theatre & Dance teaching award in 2006. Her other teaching positions include Assistant Professor at George Washington University in English and Theatre and Dance (1996-2000) and Assistant Professor in the School of Theatre at Florida State University (1994-1996).
Wolf is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow and recently received a 2017 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University.
In the News
“A new sightline at the theater: Dolan and Wolf bring fresh view of performance studies” | Featured story on princeton.edu, 2/26/2009
“Performing Desire” | The Drama Review (TDR), Winter 2014 Issue
“How to Make Broadway Musical Theater More Diverse…and Empower Kids Along the Way” | Huffington Post, June 2015
“10 Books Every Theatre Lover Should Read” | ArtsBoston, September 2016
Princeton University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching | www.princeton.edu, June 2017
HowlRound Theatre History Podcast: From West Side Story to Wicked: Dr. Stacy Wolf on Feminism & the Broadway Musical | Listen to the podcast at HowlRound.com