Assistant Professor of Theater
Joined Connecticut College: 2013
B.A., Carleton College
M.A., Stanford University
M.A., Goldsmiths College, University of London
Ph.D., Tufts University
The AIDS epidemic in theater and film
Virginia (Ginny) Anderson joined the theater faculty of Connecticut College in Fall 2013 after four years at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she directed for the main stage and taught a variety of theater history courses including theater history survey courses, Women’s Theater, African American Theater History, Children’s Theater, Theater in the United States, LGBT Theater, and The AIDS Epidemic in Theater and Film.
Her current book project, "Beyond Angels: Broadway Theatre and the AIDS Epidemic," has grown from her dissertation for Tufts University’s Department of Drama. She earned a master of arts degree in performance and culture from Goldsmiths College, University of London, a master of arts in drama from Stanford University, and bachelor's of arts in English and theater from Carleton College.
Additional research interests include the history of the circus, musical theater history and representations of animals in performance.
She has contributed articles to "Theatre History Studies, Text and Presentation, " and two collections: "The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade" and "The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical." Her work concerning Broadway Bares, previously presented at an ASTR plenary, will appear in "The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theatre."
Ginny presents her work at numerous conferences and has served in leadership positions within the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) and the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) and currently serves as the Chair and Conference Planner for the Theatre History Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).