Rebecca Rovit

Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre
Primary office:
785-864-5251 or 6295
Murphy Hall
Room 356
University of Kansas
1530 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Florida State University
Script Analysis, Theatre History, Modern European Drama, Jewish Artistic production in Nazi Germany, Theatre and Genocide.

Rebecca Rovit joined the KU faculty in August 2009. She teaches Script Analysis, Theatre History, and topics related to historiography, German theatre, and performance and genocide at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr. Rovit’s area of research expertise explores the cultural heritage of the Holocaust (1933-1945), including art produced by prisoner-artists in situ and the role of the performing arts under duress: within Nazi Germany, and in ghetto and camp settings.  Her micro-history, The Jewish Kulturbund Theatre Company in Nazi Berlin is forthcoming in September 2012 with Iowa University Press (Studies in Theatre History and Culture, ed. Thomas E. Postlewait).  She co-edited (with Alvin Goldfarb), Theatrical Performance during the Holocaust: Texts, Documents, Memoirs (The Johns Hopkins UP, 1999), a Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Her publications appear in such journals as American Theatre, PAJ, TDR, Theatre Survey, and The Journal of Holocaust and Genocide Studies. In spring 2013, she will guest edit a special section of the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism entitled “Witnessing History: Performing Trauma.”

Dr. Rovit has received research fellowships from the American Philosophical Society; the ACLS, the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum; the Jewish Memorial Foundation for Culture; and the Deutscher Akademische Austauchsdienst. She recently received a KU New Faculty Research Grant for a new project on post-1945 German theatre and performance. Besides lecturing independently in the U.S. and in Europe, she has taught courses in theatre history, play analysis, and modern drama at Illinois State University, and Indiana University.

She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History from Florida State University, an MA in German language and literature from the University of Virginia, and a BA from Bucknell University.


Giving

KU’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program is one of only 12 federally-funded national resource centers in the US
Only doctoral program in Slavic Languages and Literatures between the Mississippi and the West Coast
100% of graduate students in the Slavic program had funding in academic year 2012-13
KU's Libraries house over 500,000 volumes of Slavic books and electronic editions
Two of the department’s last four doctoral candidates have won a Fulbright grants to conduct dissertation research abroad