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August 16, 2007

UI Press Editor Is Honored By Association For Theatre In Higher Education

Thomas Postlewait, editor of the Studies in Theatre History and Culture series published by the University of Iowa Press, is the winner of the 2007 Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Excellence in Editing Award for sustained achievement in editing. Postlewait is a faculty member at the University of Washington.

In addition to editing that series, which features more than 35 titles by authors from more than a dozen countries, Postlewait co-edited the widely used "Interpreting the Theatrical Past: Essays on the Historiography of Performance."

Postlewait initially proposed the series in the 1980s, desiring to see a line of scholarly books that would encourage a wide range of approaches to the study of theatre and drama from the cultural perspectives of social, political, economic or intellectual history. Many who wrote letters in support of this award made the same observations: demanding but kind, intense and intelligent, generous and collegial, encouraging and dedicated. And, as Kevin Wetmore, chair of the ATHE awards committee, put it, "He is particularly gifted at encouraging authors to attempt just one more revision, one last careful round of polishing."

A specialist in British and American theater history, Postlewait wrote the long overview essay on American theatre and culture (1865-1945) for volume two of the Cambridge History of American Theatre. He has an essay on London theatre (1895-1918) in the Cambridge History of British Theatre, and he contributed 15 entries to the Cambridge Guide to American Theatre and 55 entries to the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance.

Before joining the Washington faculty he taught at Cornell University, MIT, the University of Georgia, Indiana University and Ohio State University.

The Studies in Theatre History and Culture series features a full spectrum of historical methods and perspectives. Topics range from ancient Greek theater to the American Chautauqua, Shakespeare to marionettes, ritual theories of performance to theater historiography, the theatrical event to national theater history, theatricality to antitheatricality.

Leading scholars from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Israel, India and Australia have published in the series. Books in the series have won many awards, including the Barnard Hewitt Award from the American Society for Theatre Research, the Theatre Book Award of the Society for Theatre Research, the Research Award in Theatre Practice and Pedagogy from ATHE, and the George Freedley Award from the Theatre Library Association.

For additional information regarding Studies in Theatre History and Culture or any other Iowa theatre titles, contact Allison Thomas of the UI Press at 319-335-2015, or

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