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Laura London Waringer is Assistant Professor of Directing at the College of Arts + Architecture at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. There, she is developing a brand new Musical Theatre certificate program.

 

She is also completing her PhD from the School of Theatre at Florida State University.

 

Her research interests include race and gender portrayals in musical theatre, theatrical adaptation, site-specific performance, and the evolution of musical theatre training at academic institutions.

Publications include:

 “Queen Bey: A Lyrical Investigation of Beyoncé as Feminist, Mother, Superstar, and Sex Symbol,” in Queen Mothers: Articulating the Spirit of Black Women Teacher-Leaders. (Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.) Dr. Rhonda Jeffries, editor. (collaboration with Devair Jeffries) 

Forthcoming Publications include:

 “The Villain in Your History: The Complications of Color-Conscious Casting in Hamilton's America,” in Hamilton: History and Hip-Hop: Essays on an American Musical. Expected to publish mid-2018. (McFarland & Co. Press.) Dr. Kevin Wetmore, editor.
 

“Making Lemonade: Beyoncé’s Reclamation of Musical Theatre as a Mode of Reinvention,” in Musicals at the Margins. Martha Shearer and Julie Lobalzo Wright, editors. (collaboration with Devair Jeffries)

Recent Presentations include:

“This is Me: Race, Identity and Revisionist History in The Greatest Showman,” International Conference on Film Studies 2019, London. UK, February 2019.

Convener, “Arousing the Senses: Sonic and Digital Dimensions in Performance” Working Group, ASTR 2018, San Diego, CA, November 2018.

 “Choose Your Own Neil Patrick Harris: Collisions of Sexuality, Stardom, and Public Persona,” ATHE 2018, Boston, MA, August 2018.

“The Villain in Your History: The Complications of Color-Conscious Casting in Hamilton's America,” Song , Stage and Screen XIII, Los Angeles, CA, June 2018.
 

"Method Men: Suffering, Stardom & Stanislavski's System in Hollywood", Comparative Drama Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2018.

 

“What’s the Use of Wond’rin?: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Bad Boys and the Power of Female Perspective”, Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, Las Vegas, NV, August 2017.

 

Musical Theatre & Dance Working Group Panel, The Industry & the Academy, Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, Las Vegas, NV, August 2017.

 

“Making Lemonade: Beyoncé’s Reclamation of Musical Theatre as a Mode of Reinvention,” Song, Stage, and Screen XII, Guildford, United Kingdom, June 2017. (collaboration with Devair Jeffries)

 

“The Industry and the Academy: Bridging the Gap between Actor Training and Career”, Athens Institute for Education & Research Conference, Athens, Greece. (accepted April 2017).

 

“And Actor Prepares?: Auditioning and the Subversion of Craft and Performance”, Comparative Drama Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2017.