Kimberly M. Jew Associate Professor of Theater, Director of W&L Educational Theater State Teaching Certification

Kimberly M. Jew

Lenfest 308
On sabbatical leave 2014-15


B.A., English, UC Berkeley, 1990
M.A., English, Georgetown University, 1992
Ph.D., Educational Theater, New York University, 1998


My research and teaching specialties include script analysis, modern and contemporary drama, American theater, women and gender in theater, Asian American theater, educational theater and stage direction. I am affiliated with W&L Women and Gender Studies and I lead the Teacher Certification Program in Educational Theater for future elementary and high school drama teachers.

I recently worked on a community arts project with W&L students, faculty and community members to create a local letters to the editor script, performance and book. Lexington’s Letters to the Editor has been produced twice by the Theater at Lime Kiln in Lexington, VA and is published by Mariner Press.

I am currently working on a full-length study that will examine the plays of 20th century Hawaiian playwrights, exploring the diversity among indigenous and Asian American theatrical voices.

I am an active advocate for Theater as a liberal art – a crucial living art form that embodies politics, culture and existential queries to the highest degree. I embrace both theory and practice in all of my classes, as well as mindfulness practices. So be ready to get on your feet!

Classes in development include “Acting with Art” and “Theater and Mindfulness.”


THTR 100 Introduction to Theater
THTR 121 Play Reading and Analysis
THTR 210 AND 211 Theater History I, II
THTR 215 Modern Drama
THTR 216 Contemporary Drama
THTR 225 Drama and Theater Teaching Methods
THTR 240 Community Performance
THTR 250 Women in Contemporary Theater

Selected Publications

In process:
 “A Place of War and Home: Two Visions of Rockbridge County Seen Through the Writings of Alexander Sterrett Paxton,” Home in Appalachia, University of Tennessee Press, edited by Leslie Worthington and Jurgen Grandt.

 “Island Voices: Modern Asian American Drama in Hawaii,” in Asian American Dance, Performance and Theatre History, Oxford University Press, edited by Esther Kim Lee, Yutian Wong, and Ron West.

2011      Lexington’s Letters to the Editor (editor of script) to be published in book-form by Mariner Press, along with selected letters to the editor to the News-Gazette.

2011    "Perspectives on Asian American Performance Art: Contexts, Memories and the Making of Meaning on Stage,” in MELUS, journal for the Society of the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature in the United States, “Special Volume on Asian Performance.”

2010    “Reclaiming Ritual: Feminism and Post-Colonialism in Two Plays by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl” in Rites of Passage, Rodopi Press (Cross Cultures Series).

2008    “Gothic Aesthetics of Entanglement and Endangerment in The Sound of a Voice and The House of Sleeping Beauties,” in Asian Gothic: A Critical Reader, McFarland Press.

2005    “Dismantling the Realist Character in Velina Hasu Houston’s 'Tea' and David Henry Hwang’s 'FOB” in Literary Gestures, the Aesthetic in Asian American Literature, Temple University Press.

Recent WLU Productions

An experimental laboratory Spanglish version of El Campo by Griselda Gambaro (W&L 2013)

Naturalized Woman by Domnica Radulescu (2012) Thespis Theater Festival, New York City

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl (2010)

Little Shop of Horrors by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (2008)

Oscar and Felix by Neil Simon (2007)

The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca (2006)

Recent Professional Service and Training

“Directing Workshop,” Yale School of Drama

Modern Language Association Delegate Assembly member

Studio Roanoke, Board of Directors