Dr. Johanna Frank

Associate Professor

B.A. Hons. (Michigan), M.A., Ph.D. (Indiana)


CHN Rm 2117
519 253 3000 ext. 2306

Teaching/ Research Areas:

  • dramatic literature
  • theatre history, criticism, and theory
  • performance studies
  • playwriting
  • feminist studies
  • ethnic and Queer drama


JOHANNA FRANK, B.A. Hons. (Michigan), M.A., Ph.D. (Indiana), is a scholar of drama, performance studies, and U.S. literature. Her areas of specialty include feminist, gender, and ethnic studies. Previously, she taught in the theatre departments of the College of Wooster and Cornell University. She has earned awards from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, American Society for Theatre Research, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan. She has edited a special issue of Modern Drama on the topic of African American playwright Adrienne Kennedy, published a critical edition of Kennedy’s Diary of Lights with song lyrics by Sandy Chapin, and written on topics such as Gertrude Stein, avant-garde theatre, feminism, and performance art. Currently, she is working on a primary source edition of WWII letters as well as a monograph, Geographies of Performance, which explores the link between epistolaries, the language of performance, and the idea of audience in the era of late-Modernism.

  • "Reintroducing Adrienne Kennedy's Diary of Lights." Modern Drama 55.1 (2012): 1-18.

  • Co-author with Lesley Ferris. "A Discourse on Staging a Writer's Worlds." Modern Drama 55.1 (2012): 70-89.

  • "Production History" for "Diary of Lights by Adrienne Kennedy with Lyrics by Sandy Chapin." Modern Drama 55.1 (2012): 100-145. Editor, Modern Drama, Adrienne Kennedy Special Issue. 55:1 (March, 2012).

  • Co-author with Erica Stevens Abbitt, Geraldine (Gerry) Harris, and Roberta Mock. “Aging Provocateurs and Spect(er)acular Pub(l)ic Performances.” Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts. 16:2 (June 2011): 50-56.

  • “Resonating Bodies and the Poetics of Aurality; Or, Gertrude Stein’s Theatre.” Modern Drama. 51:4 (December 2008): 501-527.

  • “Exposed Ventriloquism: Performance, Voice, and the Rupture of the Visible.” Michigan Feminist Studies. Spec. Issue Bodies: Physical and Abstract. 19 (Fall 2005-Spring 2006): 1-26.

  • “Adrienne Kennedy’s Deadly Parts: Pictures, Portraits, and Plays.” Text and Presentation, 2004. Ed. Stratos E. Constantinidis. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005. 158 – 71.