Dr. Claudia Barnett
Member, Graduate Faculty
B.A., 1988, Cornell University; M.A., 1990; Ph.D., 1994, Ohio State University. (1994)
Office: PH 375; Phone/Voice Mail: 898-2887
Claudia Barnett teaches courses in modern and contemporary drama and playwriting,
and she coordinates the Visiting Artist's Seminar (UH 3200) for the Honors College.
Her criticism is published in the journals Modern Drama and TDR, and her new book of short plays I Love You Terribly is published by Carnegie Mellon UP. She has served as resident playwright at Stage
Left Theatre and Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and her plays have been included in
festivals throughout the United States. Her one-act play, He Killed My Bird, or Now That We're in Heaven, had a staged reading at the 4th International Conference of American Drama and Theatre
in Seville, Spain, in May 2012. She has also taught abroad—in France and the Czech
Republic. At MTSU, she has been honored to receive the Bob Womack Distinguished Faculty
Award (2006), and the Distinguished Research Award (2003), the Distinguished Creative
Activity Award (2012).
"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
- 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.
- "-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.