Ph.D. Theatre Fellow John Michael Sefel's current research interests include disability portrayal, re-thinking theater’s artistic and commercial approaches to accessibility and Yiddish Theater in the United States. John Michael is the dramaturg for The Ohio State University Department of Theatre’s upcoming production of One Man, Two Guvnors, and we recently sat down to chat about his career, his inspirations, and the show.
Damian: What made you decide to pursue a career in theater scholarship and dramaturgy?
John Michael: I've been working in theater since the mid-90s, but while I was getting my M.F.A. a few years ago, I really fell in love with the research side of things. In terms of scholarship, I love the long-term impact theoretical and historiographic work can have. In terms of dramaturgy, helping both theater artists and audiences experience the play within a deeper context is extremely rewarding and lets me combine my "stage nerd" experience with my "library nerd" habits.
For more details about the production, visit John Michael Sefel's Dramaturgical Resource Guide.