Jane Barnette

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Primary office:
Murphy Hall
Room 214-B


Jane Barnette is a theatre historian and dramaturg who specializes in literary adaptation and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Barnette’s production work includes dramaturgy, acting, and directing for original adaptations of literature, classic and contemporary plays, and musical theatre. She produced an original adaptation of Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage, co-created with Michael Haverty, for Kennesaw State University and 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta.

Her book, Adapturgy: The Dramaturg's Art and Theatrical Adaptation, published with Southern Illinois University Press (Theater in the Americas series) in 2018, is the first of its kind to address the theory and practice of adaptation dramaturgy. Her work on adapturgy can also be seen in recent collections on theatrical adaptation ("The Spirit of the Source: Adaptation Dramaturgy and Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage, in Kara Reilly's Contemporary Approaches to Adaptation in Theatre) and journals dedicated to adaptation ("How to Do Things with Birds" in The Journal of Adaptation in Theatre & Performance).

Additionally, Barnette is the author of “The Matinee Audience in Peril: The Syndicate’s Mr. Bluebeard and the Iroquois Theatre Fire” and “Rail-izing the Nation Along Lake Michigan: The Wheels a-Rolling Pageant,” both of which appeared in Theatre Symposium and stem from her research interests in the intersections of popular culture and the railroad business. Barnette’s articles and reviews have also appeared in Theatre Topics, Text and Performance Quarterly, Theatre InSight, and Theatre Journal.

A recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award for the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University, Barnette explored the intersection of yoga/yogic philosophy and pedagogy from 2012-14 as coordinator of and participant in a Faculty Learning Community. She serves as a board member of the Friends of the Theatre (FROTH) and on the advisory board of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at KU, is a Regional Vice President for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, a member of the Pedagogy Subcommittee within the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and was the Associate Editor for Theatre Symposium from 2012-14.

Teaching Interests

  • Theatre History
  • Dramaturgy
  • Script Analysis
  • Adaptation
  • Historiography
  • Dramatic Theory
  • Gender
  • American Studies

Research Interests

  • Dramaturgy
  • Theatre History
  • Adaptation for the Stage
  • Railroad Culture
  • Makeup Design History
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Selected Publications

Barnette, J. (2018). "The Spirit of the Piece: Adaptation Dramaturgy and Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage." . In K. Reilly (Ed.), Contemporary Approaches to Adaptation in Theatre (pp. 121-142). Palgrave Macmillan. DOI:10.1057/978-1-137-59783-0

Barnette, J. (2017). Theater in the Americas . Adapturgy: The Dramaturg's Art and Theatrical Adaptation (S. Magelssen, Ed.). Southern Illinois University Press. 268.

Barnette, J. (2016). How to Do Things with Birds: The Janus Effect in Theatrical Adaptation. Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, 9(2), 131-145.

Barnette, J. (2015). Embracing the "Foggy Place" of Theatre History: The Chautauqua/Colloquia Model of Public Scholarship as Performance. Theatre Topics, 25(3), 231-242.

Barnette, J. (2014). Literary Adaptation for the Stage: A Primer for Dramaturgs. In M. Romanska (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (pp. 294-299).

Barnette, J. (2012). The Matinee Audience in Peril: The Syndicate's Mr. Bluebeard and the Iroquois Theatre Fire. Theatre Symposium , 20 , 23-29.

Selected Work

Director, The Book Club Play, Karen Zacarías, William Inge Memorial Theatre, Lawrence, KS, USA.

Catapult program participant, Chicago Puppet Festival, 01/19/2017 - 01/22/2017

Director, Late, a Cowboy Song, Sarah Ruhl, William Inge Memorial Theatre, Lawrence, KS, October, 2016, 08/01/2016 - 10/31/2016

Dramaturg, Artist in Residence, International Thespian Festival: Playworks, Samuel French, Lincoln, NE, 06/01/2016 - 06/30/2016 Penelope.

Director, Scenes at the Inge House, William Inge, William Inge Center for the Arts, Independence, KS, 04/20/2016 - 04/23/2016

Director, Neurasthenia, a Memorial Reading, Rachel Perlmeter, JIST (Jayhawk Initiative for Student Theatre), Murphy Hall 235, Lawrence, KS, 11/01/2015

Adaptation dramaturgy, Midnight Visit to the Grave of Poe: A Grotesque Arabesque, directed by Ric Averill, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS, 09/01/2015 - 10/31/2015

New play dramaturgy, Mami Confessions, by Lorraine Rodriguez-Reyes, directed by Susan Reid, Solo Performances, Kitchen Theatre Company, Ithaca, NY, 03/31/2015

Production Dramaturgy, Marcus; or, the Secret of Sweet, directed by Karen Robinson, Actor’s Express Theatre, Atlanta, GA, 03/31/2015

Director, Co-Author, Red Badge of Courage, Black Box Theater at Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 01/01/2015 - 03/31/2015

Selected Presentations

Barnette, J. Lee, E. K. & Green-Rogers, M. K. (11/16/2017 - 11/19/2017). AboutFace: The Material History of Difference in Stage Makeup and Masks. American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) . Atlanta, GA

Barnette, J. Chang, L. López, A. & Bellet, A. . (08/06/2017). Graduate Teaching Demonstration & Feedback. Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Las Vegas, NV

Barnette, J. & Alker, G. . (08/03/2017). Theory & Criticism Mindfulness Pre-Conference Workshop. Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Las Vegas, NV

Barnette, J. . (06/08/2017 - 06/10/2017). "Adaptation as Course Topic & Methodology". (Re)imagining Humanities Teaching: Innovations in Course Design. Kansas City, MO

Barnette, J. . (06/30/2016). (Re)Staging the Civil War: Red Badge of Courage in the American South. International Federation for Theatre Research. Stockholm, Sweden

Barnette, J. . (11/05/2015). Troubling the Whiteness of the Whale: The Adapturgy of Moby-Dick on Stage. American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). Portland, OR

Barnette, J. McKinnon, J. Essin, C. Callens, J. Marcia, D. & Lodewyck, L. . (08/02/2015). Adapt/Translate/Appropriate Roundtable Series: Pedagogical and Dramaturgical Innovations. Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Montreal, Quebec

Essin, C. Barnette, J. Fitzgerald, D. & Abrams, J. . (07/29/2015 - 07/30/2015). Theory in Practice: a Pre-Conference Workshop . Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference. Montreal, Quebec

Barnette, J. Chemers, M. Trencsényi, K. & Romanska, M. . (06/27/2014). Writing and Publishing Dramaturgy Books. LMDA. Boston, MA

Barnette, J. . (02/28/2014). ReActing to the Past—A Micro-Game. Armstrong State University. Savannah, GA





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