Max Shulman, Ph.D.

Max Shulman

Max Shulman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae


Max Shulman is an assistant professor of Theatre in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. His area of expertise is 19th and early 20th century American theater with a focus on the formation of national identity. He is presently at work on the history of the representation of drug addiction on the U.S. stage. His other research interests involve the history of radio drama, vaudeville, political theatre, and the Yiddish theatre. His teaching engages with both Western and Eastern performance traditions, especially the theatres of Japan and India including Noh, Kabuki, Kuttiyatam, and Kathakali. Max also works as a director and dramaturge, often resurrecting forgotten works and archival material in new form. He undertook just such projects most recently at the Center for Jewish History in New York, were he was resident director until 2016. Prior to his graduate work, Max worked as a professional actor in New York and regionally. 


  • Ph.D. in Drama, Tufts University, 2016
  • M.A. in Theatre History, Hunter College, 2010
  • B.S. in Performance, B.A. in English, Northwestern University, 2003

Courses Taught

  • Intro to Theatre
  • Topics in Early Theatre History
  • Topics in Modern Theatre History

Select Publications

(Forthcoming) "Tuning the Black Voice: Colordeafness and The American Negro Theatre's Radio Dramas," Modern Drama, 59.4 (Winter 2016).

"Everyday Astonishment and Crafting the Theatrical: Speaking with David Down on Undergraduate Acting Training," Theatre Topics, 26.1 (2016).

"Beaten, Battered, and Brawny: American Variety Entertainers and the Working-Class Body."  Working in the Wings: New Perspectives on Theatre History and Labor. Eds. Beth Osborne & Christine Woodworth. S. Illinois University Press, 2014.

Select Conference Presentations

"The Progressive Era's Doctor-Doper Dyad"
Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Montreal, Canada, August 2015.   

"From Oriental to Existential: The Opium Den Play and Defining American Addiction" 
(Panel Convener) Mid-American Theatre Conference, Kansas City, MO, March 2015.   

"Race on the Radio: The American Negro Theatre and the Isolated Black Voice" 
American Society for Theatre Research, Baltimore, MD, November 2014.   

"Stoned Off Stage: Origins of the Actor Addict in American Popular Culture" 
Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Phoenix, AZ, July 2014.   

"Dismissing Utopianism: Teaching and Engaging with the Activist's Dream" 
Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Phoenix, AZ, July 2014.   

"Anatomy of an Addict: Junie McCree and the Vaudeville Dope Fiend" 
Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 2012.  

"Reverend Billy and Revolution-A-Lujah!: The Performance of Protest as Church Revival" 
Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Washington, DC, August 2012   

"The Tramp Versus Modernity: The World Takes its Toll on Vaudeville Comics" 
Comparative Drama Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 2012