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Anne Fliotsos

Anne Fliotsos

Professor, Theatre History and Criticism // Theatre // Rueff School
Emeriti Faculty

Professor // Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance
Emeriti Faculty

PhD University of Maryland, College Park
MLS Indiana University, Bloomington
BA Purdue University, West Lafayette



History & Criticism


Dr. Fliotsos' research is primarily in theatre pedagogy, women directors, and 20th century Broadway. Her books include New Directions in Teaching Theatre Arts (Palgrave 2018), Teaching Theatre Today (Palgrave Macmillan 2004, 2nd ed. 2009), American Women Stage Directors of the Twentieth Century (U of IL 2008), Interpreting the Play Script: Contemplation and Analysis (Palgrave Macmillan 2011), and International Women Stage Directors (U of IL 2013). She was a founding co-editor of the Peer Reviewed Section of The Journal of Stage Directors and Choreographers and has published essays in Women in American Musical Theatre, Broadway: An Encyclopedia of Theater and American Culture, Theatre Topics, The Journal of American Culture, American Theatre, and Research in Drama Education. She won the George Whatley Award for best article in Studies in Popular Culture (2006). Her website chronicling 20th century Broadway theatre can be found at:

In addition to her scholarly endeavors, Dr. Fliotsos enjoys directing, performing, and creating theatre. In 2019 she co-directed an International Telepresence Workshop of Brecht’s Life of Galileo, conducted with the University of Coventry (UK). She has two awards (for direction and play script) from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her work on Oedipus! A New Musical Comedy, which was published by Samuel French and produced in New York. Her directing credits at Purdue Theatre include Living Out, Psycho Beach Party, Anton in Show Business, and several workshop productions. She has produced and directed one-person productions in Liege, Belgium as part of the RITU Festival.

Dr. Fliotsos was named a University Faculty Scholar from 2013 - 2018 and was honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Achievement Award in 2019. She is the recipient of the 2011 College of Liberal Arts Fellowship with the Center for Creative Endeavor, for which she created a documentary about Amelia Earhart based on the archives at Purdue Libraries. In 2011 she was awarded the School of Visual and Performing Arts Excellence in Teaching Award (also in 2002) and in 2012 was selected as a national member of the League of Professional Theatre Women in New York City.