Robert H Vorlicky

Associate Professor

Areas: U.S. theatre history; 18th-21st century U.S. drama and performance; African and African American Theatre; feminist, gender, and queer theory.

ROBERT VORLICKY is an Associate Professor of Drama and founding Coordinator of the Honors Program. He is a former Director of Theatre Studies in the Department of Drama. Dr. Vorlicky is also an Affiliate Faculty member of the Department of English (where he has taught graduate courses) and the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis (NYU NY) and the Theater Program at NYU Abu Dhabi. Professor Vorlicky is the author of Act Like a Man: Challenging Masculinities in American Drama, winner of the CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Publication; Tony Kushner in Conversation; and From Inner Worlds to Outer Space: The Multimedia Performances of Dan Kwong (all published by the University of Michigan Press). Bob co-edits the Critical Performances series at Michigan. He is a past President of the international American Theatre and Drama Society (1999-2002), and is currently an elected board member of ATDS. On the editorial boards of several academic journals and book series, Bob publishes widely and speaks nationally and internationally on U.S. drama, performance, and theory, and African theatre. Professor Vorlicky has received numerous fellowships, including those from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation (senior professorship at the University of Zagreb), Karolyi Foundation in Creative Writing, Wisconsin Arts Board, and numerous research grants from TSOA. He is a curator and dramaturg for productions both in the Drama Department and in the department’s individual studios. Along with teaching at NYU, Bob has been a visiting professor in Theatre Studies at U of Zagreb and Yale.  Professor Vorlicky has been a nominee for the “Distinguished Teaching Award” at New York University. During Fall 2018, Bob is teaching at NYU Abu Dhabi, as well as hosting his students at the Kampala International Theatre Festival, Uganda.  He looks forward to returning to New York in Spring 2019 to teach “Major Playwrights: Adrienne Kennedy” and an Honors Seminar, “Globalization, Gender, and the Future of Normal." 


B.A., Ohio State
M.A., Ph.D. Wisconsin-Madison