Jennifer Schlueter

Associate Professor; Project Director, Social Change, Community Engagement, and Creative Practices Discovery Theme; Faculty Fellow for Curriculum, Graduate School
Tenure-Track Faculty

Dr. Schlueter is a scholar/artist motivated by a fascination with the limits and possibilities of the archive, and the challenges to fair use, copyright, and creative transformation that this work can engender. Her plays, many of which transform found text into theatrical events, have been presented at the Little Theatre (Seattle), Cleveland Public Theatre, LexArts, American Theater Company (Chicago), Available Light Theatre (Columbus), Tristan Bates (London), Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters, and on BBC Radio 4. She is the Joint Artistic Director of the for/word company, trained in dramaturgy and literary management at the Goodman Theatre (Chicago), and is a proud Member of POD, the Dramatists Guild and STEAM Factory. She holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of English.

Dr. Schlueter’s scholarly work has been published in TDR, Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, and in several edited collections, including the forthcoming Disability Experiences. She is the 2009 winner of the ASTR Gerald Kahan Award for the Best Essay in Theatre Studies by a Newer Scholar, and currently edits Theatre/Practice, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal created to encourage, recognize, and disseminate rigorous scholarship in embodied practice and practice as research in theatre and performance. She has been honored with several teaching awards, including Ohio State's prestigious Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.

For Ohio State's Department of Theatre, Dr. Schlueter founded and produces the Lab Series, a student-driven, department-nurtured performance research laboratory. In 2018-19, she is co-directing Michael von Siebenburg Melts Through the Floorboards and spearheading the November 2018 conference on the Pedagogy of Civic Practice and Public Performance, supported by grants from the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching and University Institute for Teaching and Learning, which will culminate in the creation of a new graduate certificate in this subject area.

Areas of Expertise
  • Historiography and the archive
  • Theatre pedagogy
  • Devising and adaptation
  • Playwriting
  • PhD The Ohio State University
  • MA The Ohio State University
  • BA Truman State University

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