Assistant Professor, Theatre History, Literature and Criticism
Theatre Arts Department
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 2008
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2008
Sarah Alice Campbell is an Assistant Professor of Theatre History, Literature, and Criticism in the University of Idaho’s Theatre Arts Department. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama with a minor in Folklore and a Ph.D. Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Indiana University. She received her B.A. in Theatre from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky and her M.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Prior to joining the faculty at University of Idaho, she taught in Querétaro, Mexico at Arkansas State University Campus Querétaro. She currently serves as the Secretary for the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC).
Her article, “‘La conjura de Xinum’ and Language Revitalization: Understanding Maya Agency through Theatre,” was recently published in the Journal of American Drama and Theatre. (https://jadtjournal.org/2020/05/23/la-conjura-de-xinum-and-language-revitalization-understanding-maya-agency-through-theatre/). She is currently working on two book projects: one a co-authored guide to actor training (with University of Idaho Professor Kelly Quinnett and MFA Candidate KT Turner as well as Elitza Kotzeva) and the second on Pan-Maya Theatre Aesthetics (with Edber Dzidz Yam and Chelsea Hackett).
Sarah’s research interests include contemporary Yucatec Maya language theatre, the intersections of theatre and folklore, touristic performance, and the theatricality of space and place. She is also interested exploring how theatre is used as part of the anti-feminicidio movement in Mexico.
As a theatre practitioner, Sarah has worked as an actor, director, in publicity and marketing, and as a dramaturg. She is especially passionate about new play development. Sarah served as the company dramaturg for three years at Indiana University’s professional summer theatre, Indiana University Summer Theatre. In her free time, Sarah enjoys practicing circus arts including aerial fabrics, aerial hoop, and pole.
- Theatre History, Literature, and Criticism
- Theatre & Folklore
- Theories of Acting
- Circus Arts
- Theories of acting in the college acting classroom in the U.S. (book project with Kelly Quinnett, KT Turner, and Elitza Kotzeva)
- Pan-Maya Theatre Aesthetics (book project with Edber Dzidz Yam and Chelsea Hackett)
- Community-Based Theatre in the Yucatán Peninsula (solo book project)