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Mar 19 / jacob

Hath Taken Away Reading at The Playwrights’ Center!

On April 16, 2018, my play Hath Taken Away will have a staged reading at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis! It will be at 6:30pm, free, and open to the public! More info at the link below:

Mar 13 / jacob

Busy Fall, 2017!

Fall 2017 was busy! In addition to teaching courses online at SIU, I was invited to be a Distinguished Guest Professor in the English Faculty at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland! I also became an Ambassador for the Sony Digital Paper program! Finally, I had a number of talks and publications:

  • Nov 9, 2017  Distinguished Professor Lecture at AMU (Poznań, Poland) — “‘Making the Radical Palatable:’ The Political Effects of U.S. Mainstream Drama”
  • Nov 20, 2017 Invited Public Lecture at AMU (Poznań, Poland) — “Puppets and Genocide: The Performing Objects of Tadeusz Kantor”
  • Nov 29, 2017 Invited Public Lecture At Roehampton University (London, UK) — “Puppets and Genocide: The Performing Objects of Tadeusz Kantor”
  • Dec 4, 2017 “Playwriting Master Class” invited creative master class at AMU (Poznań, Poland)
  • Dec 28, 2017 Publication: “‘Nie Mów Nikomu’ (Do Not Tell Anyone) – Performing Sign Language” in — the largest global, online theatre portal – co-written with AMU colleague, Dagmara Krzyzaniak.
Nov 9 / jacob

Distinguished Professor Lecture in Poland!

WA Distinguished Professors’ Lectures Series features internationally renowned scholars visiting the Faculty of English to share their research and professional expertise with WA faculty and students.
I have been invited to share my work in this prestigious lecture series at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. This lecture will be primarily based on the research from my first book, and is entitled, “Making the Radical Palatable: The Political Effects of Mainstream U.S. Drama.”

Oct 11 / jacob

Distinguished Guest Professor at AMU!

From October – December, 2017, I am a Distinguished Guest Professor at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland. I am teaching Contemporary Canadian Drama and African American Representation, Performance, and Drama to masters students. I was a Fulbright Professor at Adam Mickiewicz University in 2011, and it’s great to be back!

Aug 15 / jacob

Short Play Performed in NYC!

On Sunday, August 27th, 2017, the Core Artist Ensemble will perform my short play No Winter No Worries.It’s free and at The Barrow Group Theatre, 6pm. Come check it out!


Mar 13 / jacob

Hath Taken Away to be at the Great Plains Theatre Conference!

My script, Hath Taken Away, will be featured in PlayLabs at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. The conference takes place from May 27 – June 3, 2017 at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. More information here about the reading of Hath Taken Away. Download the script here, or on the New Play Exchange.

Jul 25 / jacob

My Book Out From Routledge!

Mainstream AIDS Theatre, the Media, and Gay Civil Rights: Making the Radical Palatable

This book demonstrates the political potential of mainstream theatre in the US at the end of the twentieth century, tracing ideological change over time in the reception of US mainstream plays taking HIV/AIDS as their topic from 1985 to 2000. This is the first study to combine the topics of the politics of performance, LGBT theatre, and mainstream theatre’s political potential, a juxtaposition that shows how radical ideas become mainstream, that is, how the dominant ideology changes. Using materialist semiotics and extensive archival research, Juntunen delineates the cultural history of four pivotal productions from that period—Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart (1985), Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (1992), Jonathan Larson’s Rent (1996), and Moises Kaufman’s The Laramie Project (2000). Examining the connection between AIDS, mainstream theatre, and the media reveals key systems at work in ideological change over time during a deadly epidemic whose effects changed the nation forever. Employing media theory alongside nationalism studies and utilizing dozens of reviews for each case study, the volume demonstrates that reviews are valuable evidence of how a production was hailed by society’s ideological gatekeepers. Mixing this new use of reviews alongside textual analysis and material study—such as the theaters’ locations, architectures, merchandise, program notes, and advertising—creates an uncommonly rich description of these productions and their ideological effects. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of theatre, politics, media studies, queer theory, and US history, and to those with an interest in gay civil rights, one of the most successful social movements of the late twentieth century.

Dec 4 / jacob

Next up: The First Yes at the side project

JANUARY 6 – 31, 2016

For its 16th Anniversary, the side project theatre in Chicago commissioned 16 playwrights to write a play for each year of the company’s existence. I’m thrilled to be a part of the project, and my play, The First Yes, will represent 2015 in Part B of this two-part event. Tickets and more info here.

Featuring world premiere plays from:


Oct 29 / jacob

Hath Taken Away — Source Festival Finalist!

Hath Taken Away is a finalist for the 2016 Source Festival in Washington, DC!

Full-length scripts are invited by CulturalDC, and this year a record 145 were submitted! Of those, Hath Taken Away is one of 22 finalists with a chance of production this summer. Fingers crossed!

Jul 22 / jacob

Reading in LA Area! Will Greer´s Theatricum Botanicum!

Hath Taken Away will have a staged reading directed by Doug Oliphant and dramaturged by Jennie Webb at Will Greer’s Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon!

Sunday, August 30 at 11am! Hope to see you there!