- Director of Graduate Studies
- Theatre History, French Theatre, Acting & Directing
- Theatre History
- French Culture
- Theatre History
- Stage Directing
- Public Speaking
- Performance & Tourism
Selected Publications —
“Molière as National Hero.” In Molière in Context, ed. Jan Clarke. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022.
“Cancer, Narrative, and the End of Telling,” Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques 17 (June 2018).“Molière at Versailles,” The Mercurian: Theatre in Translation 7:1 (Spring 2018), 51–122.
A Cultural History of Theatre in the Age of Enlightenment. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.
“Before Jacques Copeau: Le Théâtre Français d’Amérique of New York, 1913–1917.”In La Scène en Version Originale, ed. Julie Vatain-Corfdir, 115–126. Paris: Presses de l’université Paris–Sorbonne, 2015.
“Corpsing Molière: History as Fiasco.” In Theatre Historiography: Critical Questions, eds. Henry Bial and Scott Magellsen, 177–185. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010.
Molière, the French Revolution, and the Theatrical Afterlife. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2009.
“The Poet and the Prince: Revising Molière and Tartuffe in the French Revolution.” French Historical Studies, 28:3, 447–465 (2005).
Selected Presentations —
“(No) Return to Sefarad: Performing the Landscape of Jewish Spain” KU Jewish Studies Colloquium.
“Molière as National Hero.” Univ. of Missouri Kansas City Emeritus College.
“Theatre and Cultural Diplomacy.” International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), Belgrade, Serbia.
“Is 'Culture' Still a Useful Category?” Theatre Historiography Today symposium, University of Exeter & Royal Holloway, London, England.
“Cancer, Storytelling, and the Narrative Body.” American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Atlanta, GA.
“Radical Adaptation: Moliere's Impromptu at Versailles.” IFTR, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“Theatre at Universities in the United States: Resources for Collaboration.” Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Shanghai.
"Avant Copeau: Le Théâtre français à New York, 1913-1917." Institute for Theatre Studies, Maison de la Recherche, Paris.
"French Theatre in New York." Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones. Thessaloniki, Greece
Creative Works —
As You Like It, William Shakespeare, directed and sound designed by Mechele Leon. University of Kansas University Theatre (February 2020).
Spring Awakening: The Musical, Sater and Shiek, directed by Mechele Leon. University of Kansas University Theatre (Apr. 2018).
Bladder Interrupted: A Self-Story About Cancer, written and performed by Mechele Leon. Various venues, 2016-2017.
The Rehearsal & The Hypochondriac, Moliere, adapted from the French and directed by Mechele Leon. University of Kansas University Theatre (Feb. 2016).
Adding Machine: A Musical, Loewith & Schmidt, Elmer Rice, directed by Mechele Leon. University of Kansas University Theatre (Nov. 2013).
Man Equals Man, Bertolt Brecht, adapted and directed by Mechele Leon. University of Kansas University Theatre (Apr. 2011).
Grants & Other Funded Activity —
International Affairs Office, Univ. of Kansas, Summer Humanities Grant, 2023.
Open Education Resource Grant, Univ. of Kansas, 2020-2023.
Hall Center for the Humanities, Univ. of Kansas, Faculty Research Fellow, Spring 2019.
National Endowment for the Humanities, Research Fellowship, 2005–2006.