Dr. Michelle MacArthur holds a PhD (2014) and MA (2005) from the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto and a BA (2004) in English from McGill University. She joined the School of Dramatic Art as Assistant Professor in 2016, where she teaches courses in theatre history, dramatic literature, and performance theory.
Dr. MacArthur’s research focuses on four main areas: equity in theatre, theatre criticism, contemporary Canadian theatre, and feminism and performance. Her current, SSHRC-funded project, “Gender, Genre, and Power in the Theatre Blogosphere”, is mapping the demographics and generic characteristics of the theatre blogosphere and analyzing its findings in light of current studies and activism surrounding gender equity in theatre. With support from SSHRC, she is also leading a study of the creation and reception of theatre performed on Zoom during the pandemic, focused on the Outside the March-University Players co-production of The Stream You Step In.
In 2019-20, Dr. MacArthur was UWindsor’s Humanities Research Group Fellow; with the HRG’s support, she pursued several projects related to representations of millennials in arts and culture, including an edited play anthology entitled Voices of a Generation: Three Millennial Plays (Playwrights Canada Press, 2021). In 2014-15, Dr. MacArthur was lead researcher for the Equity in Theatre (EIT) initiative, a national campaign focused on redressing gender inequities in the Canadian theatre industry. Her extensive EIT report continues to serve as a resource for research and advocacy efforts in Canadian theatre and beyond. She was editor-in-chief of alt.theatre: cultural diversity and the stage from 2016 to 2018 and has co-edited two issues of Canadian Theatre Review (vol. 168 & 140) as well as the book Performing Adaptations: Conversations and Essays on the Theory and Practice of Adaptation (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009).
MacArthur, Michelle, Signy Lynch, Scott Mealey. “Power, Perception, and Professionalism: An Empirical Study of Digital Theatre Criticism in Canada.” Contemporary Theatre Review. [forthcoming]
MacArthur, Michelle. “Sorry Not Sorry: Apologizing in the Wake of #MeToo.” Canadian Theatre Review, vol. 180, 2019, pp. 20-26
Kandil, Yasmine and Michelle MacArthur. “What Zombie Feminist Bouffons Can Offer Applied Theatre: Seduction and Provocation in Death Married My Daughter.” Theatre Research in Canada, vol. 39, no. 2, 2018, pp. 156-75.
MacArthur, Michelle. “Crowdsourcing the Review and the Record: Collaborative Approach to Theatre Criticism and Archiving in the Digital Age.” Theatre Criticism: Changing Landscapes, edited by Duska Radosacljevic, Methuen Bloomsbury, 2016, pp. 255-72.
---. “Historiographing a Feminist Utopia: Collective Creation, History, and Feminist Theatre in Canada.” Women, Collective Creation, and Devised Theatre, edited by Kathryn Mederos Syssoyeva and Scott Proudfit, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 161-76.
---. “Achieving Equity in Canadian Theatre: A Report with Best Practice Recommendations.” Playwrights Guild of Canada, 2015.
---. “Where Are All the Women? Equity, Post-Feminism, and Canadian Theatre.” Canadian Theatre Review, vol. 165, 2015, pp. 8-13.
MacArthur, Michelle and Anne Wessels. “And By the Way, Miss... Devising as Multi-Generational Feminist Practice.” Ignite: Illuminating Theatre Creation for Young People, edited by Heather Fitzsimmons Frey, Playwrights Canada Press, 2015, pp. 87-101.
MacArthur, Michelle. “The Feminist Spectator as Blogger: Creating Critical Dialogue about Feminist Theatre on the Web.” Theatre Research in Canada, vol. 34, no. 2, 2013, pp. 162-86.
---. "#th8r_crt: A Live and Virtual Discussion." Canadian Theatre Review, vol. 154, 2013, pp. 91-94.
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