Dr. Claudia Barnett


Member, Graduate Faculty

Ph.D. (1994), Ohio State University, Columbus; MA (1990), Ohio State University, Columbus; BA (1988), Cornell University; First Year at MTSU: 1994

Office: PH 375; Phone/Voice Mail: 898-2887

Cover of Wendy Wasserstein Cover of I Love You Terribly

Claudia Barnett teaches courses in drama and writing, and she coordinates the Visiting Artist's Seminar (UH 3200) for the University Honors College; she has also taught in France and the Czech Republic. At MTSU, she has been granted the Distinguished Research Award (2003), the Bob Womack Distinguished Faculty Award (2006), the Distinguished Creative Activity Award (2012), and the Outstanding Honors Faculty Award (2013). Her scholarship has been published in Modern Drama, TDR, and other journals. As Downstage Left Resident Playwright at Stage Left Theatre in Chicago, she wrote Witches Vanish, which was included in LeapFest 9. As Ingram New Works Playwright-in-Residence at Tennessee Repertory Theatre, she wrote No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson's Sister, which will premiere at Venus Theatre in Laurel, Maryland, in November 2013. Her book I Love You Terribly: Six Plays was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press (2012).

See Publications

Conference Presentations

  • "Fear as Violence: Three Generations of Agnes in A Bright Room Called Day." III International Conference on American Theatre and Drama, Cádiz, Spain, 29 May 2009.

  • Henry (a 10-minute play). Workshopped at the Mid-America Theatre Conference Playwriting Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2 March 2007.
  • "Ethel Rosenberg's Ghost: Blessing and Revenge in Angels in America ." Interdisciplinary Conference in Women's Studies, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN, 23 Feb. 2007.
  • "-An Evasion of Ontology': Being Adrienne Kennedy." Second Conference on American Theatre, Málaga, Spain, May 20, 2004.
  • "The Personal and the Political: Charlotte Salomon's Life? or Theatre?" Holocaust Studies Conference, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN, 21 November, 2003.
  • "Judith Thompson's Ghosts." A Celebration of Canadian Plays & Playwrights. Stratford, Ontario. October 19, 2002.
  • "'In Your Dreams': Deb Margolin's Fantasy/Drama." First Annual Conference on American Theatre, Malaga, Spain, May 24, 2000.
  • "'No, said the old crony, this is the real world': Existence and Enchantment in Caryl Churchill's The Skriker." South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention, Atlanta, November 15, 1997.
  • "Phyllis Nagy's Weldon Rising and The Mark of Passive Aggression." Association for Theatre in Higher Education Convention, Chicago, August 7, 1997.
  • "The Modern Medea: Villains as Victims in Twentieth Century Drama by Women." South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention, Savannah, November 9, 1996.
  • "Twice 'Unmarked'": Jane Martin's Drama of Identity." American Literature Association Conference, San Diego, June 2, 1996.
  • "Tina Howe's Birth and After Birth: Fem-Absurdism and the Defiance of Tradition." Twentieth Century Literature Conference, Louisville, February 23, 1996.
  • "Adrienne Kennedy and Shakespeare's Sister." Twentieth Century Literature Conference, Louisville, February 24, 1995.
  • "The Multi-voiced Monologues of Adrienne Kennedy." Association for Theatre in Higher Education Convention, Chicago, July 29, 1994.
  • "A Movie Star Has to Star in Hypertext: Where Text On-Line Meets Text on Stage." Conference on College Composition and Communication, Nashville, March 18, 1994.
  • "The Death of Graffiti: Postmodernism and the New York City Subway." Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, March 27, 1993.