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Jules Odendahl-James

Duke University

Jules Odendahl-James is an artist/scholar who holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and an MFA in Directing from University of Texas Austin. She has taught a range of courses in Theater Studies (from Acting to Performing Science) at Duke University along with serving as the dramaturg or director for eight of Theater Studies’ mainstage shows. In addition to her work in theater at Duke and in Durham (most recently as the director of The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls by Meg Miroshnik at Manbites Dog Theatre) she is now the Program Director for Humanities Advising at Duke. She has published work in several journals such as Theatre Topics, Crime Media Culture, and Theater Survey and in the edited collections The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy; Woman on Trial: Gender and the Accused Woman in Plays From Ancient Greece to the Contemporary Stage; and Violence in American Popular Culture (forthcoming 2015).