I have been appointed the next Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance here at the University of Kansas, effective May 20. Here’s the story from University Daily Kansan.

As the academic year winds down, I’m starting to build out my calendar for the next one.

I’m delighted to announce that I will be inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre this April.

I’m very pleased to announce that Playing God: The Bible on the Broadway Stage has been named the 2017 winner of the Byron Caldwell Smith Award for best nonfiction book published by a Kansas resident in the last two years.

As I recently posted to social media, the new issue of TDR The Drama Review has a nice review of Playing God. It’s written by Christopher Swift, and the quotation my publishers have pulled for PR purposes is: “Bial’s provocative paradigm of performative sincerity, faith, irony, and spectacle opens new critical territory in the field.”

I had a great time last week recording an episode of On TAP: A Theatre & Performance Studies Podcast. Find it on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

I’m delighted to report that my latest book, Playing God: The Bible on the Broadway Stage, has won the 2016 John W. Frick Award, presented by the American Theatre and Drama Society. Thanks to the award committee and all my ATDS colleagues for this wonderful recognition.

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[Harvey Young presenting me with the ATDS John W. Frick Award at the ATHE Conference in Chicago]