Valleri J Robinson

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Personal profile

Personal profile

Valleri Robinson  is Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Illinois. Her courses include 20th Century Russian Theatre, Historiography and the Actress, Contemporary Theatrical Forms, Dramaturg’s Workshop, and Script Analysis. Professor Robinson’s areas of research include Russian-American cultural exchange, Cold War performances, transnational theatre historiography, and Chekhov in translation and adaptation. Her book,Russian Culture and Theatrical Performance in America, 1891-1933(Palgrave Macmillan 2011) examines the influences of Russian performance styles on modern American theatrical production. Her articles and reviews appear inContemporary Theatre Review, Slavic and East European Journal, Theatre History Studies, Theatre Journal, Contemporary Drama,  and The Journal of American Drama and Theatre. Recent essays also appear ‘To Have or To Have Not’: New Essays on Commerce and Capital in Modernist Theatre, edited by James Fisher (2011), and The Routledge Companion to Stanislavsky, edited by R. Andrew White (2013). Dr. Robinson has been featured as the Keynote Speaker at theatre conferences at the University of Madison-Wisconsin (lecture entitled, “The Cold War, Whispering Campaigns, Office Bombs and the Theatre Historian,” 2012) and The Ohio State University (lecture entitled, “Chekhov the Russian Export: Russian Productions of Chekhov in the U.S.” 2010). She received the 2012 American Theatre and Drama Society Faculty Research Travel Award for work on her current manuscript,Cold War Performances: Soviet Performances in America after Stalin. She received a Fulbright award to work with Nikolai Kolyada at the Kolyada Theatre in Ekaterinburg, Russia in 2014. In addition to her research, she has worked as a professional dramaturg with many companies and playwrights in the U.S. Dr. Robinson is an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center.

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4-122 Krannert Center
500 S. Goodwin Ave.
500 S Goodwin M/C 072
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

Adapting Chekhov: A Primer for Dramaturgs

Robinson, V. J., 2016, Approaches to Teaching the Works of Anton Chekhov. Finke, M. C. & Holquist, M. (eds.). Modern Language Association, p. 74-81 (Approaches to Teaching World Literature).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Foreign Performing Artists

Robinson, V. J., 2016, America in the World, 1776 to the Present: A Supplement to the Dictionary of American History. Blum, E. J., Burnidge, C., Conroy-Krutz, E. & Kinkela, D. (eds.). Charles Scribner's and Sons

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Review: L. Senelick's Stanislavsky: A Life in Letters

Robinson, V., Jan 1 2016, In : Theatre Survey. 57, 01, p. 146-148

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

"A seagull flew to us from Yalta": Stanislavsky's life in Chekhov

Robinson, V. J., 2014, The Routledge Companion to Stanislavsky. White, R. A. (ed.). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, p. 41-61

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

“A seagull flew to us from yalta”: Stanislavsky's life in chekhov

Hohman, V. J., Jan 1 2013, The Routledge Companion to Stanislavsky. Taylor and Francis, p. 26-36 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Activities

    • 4 Oral presentation

    Degradation and Humiliation on the Kolyada Stage: Ekaterinburg Love Stories

    Valleri J Robinson (Speaker)

    Feb 17 2015

    Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

    Adapting From Here to Eternity for Film and Stage

    Valleri J Robinson (Invited speaker)

    Dec 7 2014

    Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

    Borsch, Beets, and Eggs: Emotional Eating at the Kolyada Theatre

    Valleri J Robinson (Speaker)

    Nov 22 2014

    Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

    Cold War Stages: When Lenin Played America

    Valleri J Robinson (Speaker)

    Jun 2013

    Activity: Talk typesOral presentation