Appearances

Speaking Engagements

Speaking EngagementsHenry Bial is a dynamic and entertaining speaker, offering presentations for general audiences as well as more specialized lectures and seminars for scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates.


past appearances

Jul
7
Next to Normal

(Lawrence, KS)

Just finished a two week run as Dr. Madden in Kansas Repertory Theatre’s Next to Normal. Special thanks to Director Beth Turcotte and the entire company for a wonderful experience.

May
3
Converse College

(Spartanburg, SC)

Great to see so many Converse College students, faculty, and community members at my talk “Jesus Christ, Broadway Star” on Wednesday May 3. 

Apr
4
The Making of Jewish Theatre @ Baruch College

(New York, NY)

I had a blast talking about “Jews and the Golden Age of Broadway” with fellow theatre mavens Alisa Solomon, Stuart Hecht, and Liz Wollman. Mazel tov to the Sandra Kahn Wasserman Center for Jewish Studies at Baruch College on a wonderful event.

Jan
14
Some Are Isthmuses: A Decade of Buran Theatre

(Albuquerque, NM)

Had a great time performing with Buran Theatre as we kicked off our 10th Anniversary Season.

Jan
13
Some Are Isthmuses: A Decade of Buran Theatre

(Albuquerque, NM)

I was delighted to help Buran Theatre Company celebrate our 10th anniversary with two nights of performance at TLab, 110 Gold Ave SW.

Aug
12
Book Signing, Association for Theatre in Higher Education

I will be signing copies of Playing God on August 12 at the annual meeting of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) in Chicago.

Jun
14
International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR)

(Stockholm, Sweden)

“That time Swedish actors wore blackface to act out the Bible”

Jun
8
Harvard University

(Cambridge, MA)

“Broadway and Blasphemy”

Public lecture in the Thompson Room  of the Barker Center from 5:30 – 7:00 PM.

May
20
University of Washington

(Seattle, WA)

“Jesus Christ, Broadway Star”

Apr
25
Southwest Baptist University

(Bolivar, MO)

Mar
24
Drama Book Shop

(New York City)

The American Theatre and Drama Society presents the sixth annual “The Brilliance of the American Theatre” reading series, featuring authors Henry Bial, David Carlyon, and Dorothy Chansky. Click here for details.

Mar
12
Hall Center for the Humanities

(Lawrence, KS)

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Nov
6
American Society for Theatre Research

(Portland, ME)

Book-signing for Playing God, 3:00 pm.

Sep
15
Friends of the Lied Center Annual Dinner

(Lawrence, Ks.)

“Playing God: The Bible on the Broadway Stage”

Feb
28
International Symposium on George Tabori and the Theatre of the Holocaust

(Athens, Ga.)

“The Funny Thing About Jewish Performance Studies”

Nov
7
American Society for Theatre Research

(Dallas, Tx.)

“Wholly Theatre: Spectacle and Sincerity in the Biblical Epic”

Apr
17
University of Missouri

(Columbia, Mo.)

“Why is this night different from all other nights: four questions about arts, advocacy, and the university”

Apr
2
Muhlenberg College

(Muhlenberg, Pa.)

“Jew Media: Performance and Technology for the 58th Century”

Aug
3
Association for Theatre in Higher Education

(Orlando, Fl.)

“Presidential Address: The Bucket Brigade”

Testimonials

“Thank you again for the great talk at our Friends of the Lied dinner. People really enjoyed you, as we have received many compliments.” – Sue Mango, Development Director, Lied Center of Kansas

“I would like to thank you for your wonderful keynote. Your participation was key to the conference’s success.” – David Saltz, University of Georgia

“Thanks again for three great talks!! The students were really fascinated and engaged.” – Ted Merwin, Dicksinson College