Manon van de Water (Phd in Theatre, Arizona State University; Doctorandus in Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Leiden, The Netherlands) is the Vilas-Phipps Distinguished Achievement Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Van de Water has published widely on theatre, drama education, and theatre for young audiences in national and international journals and she is the author of Moscow Theatres for Young People: A Cultural History of Ideological Coercion and Artistic Innovation, 1917-2000 (2006); Dutch Theatre for Children (2008/ 2009), and Theatre, Youth, and Culture: A Critical and Historical Exploration (2012), for which she received the 2013 American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) Distinguished Book Award. She is a founding member and past chair of ITYARN, the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network of ASSITEJ, for which she edited Context and Ambiguity (Assitej 2011) and TYA, Culture, Society: International Essays in Theatre for Young Audiences (Peter Lang 2012). The latter, a publication of ITYARN and ASSITEJ, is also translated in Spanish as Teatro para públicos jóvenes: Perspectivas internacionales (Mexico: Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and Ediciones El Milagro, 2012).. In addition, she has edited several issues of the main research journal in theater for youth in North America, Youth Theatre Journal. Her latest publication is a textbook Drama and Education: Performance Methodologies for Teaching and Learning, which she co-wrote with University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni Mary McAvoy and Kristin Hunt (Routledge 2015) and which is based on her teaching of drama for the past 20 years. Aside from research activities, Professor van de Water has given numerous national and international workshops on theatre/drama education, and has been invited as a jury member to international TYA festivals. Her next project is a biography of Natalia Sats (1903-1993), a major player in the creation of Soviet Russian Theatre for children and youth. Since May 2014, she serves on the Executive Board of ASSITEJ International.
van de Water, M., Hunt, K., McAvoy, M., 2015. Drama and Education: Performance Methodologies for Teaching and Learning. New York: Routledge
van de Water, M., 2012. Theatre, Youth, and Culture: A Critical and Historical Exploration. In: Wilmeth, Don B. series ed., Theatre and Performance History. Monograph. Palgrave Studies. New York: Palgrave (winner 2013 AATE Distinguished Book Award)
van de Water, M., 2008/ 2009. Dutch Theatre for Children: Three Contemporary Plays. Charlottesville: New Plays Inc. (2008); Woodstock: Dramatic Publishing (2009)
van de Water, M., 2006. Moscow Theatres for Young People: A Cultural History of Ideological Coercion and Artistic Innovation, 1917-2000. Monograph. New York: Palgrave Macmillan
Wartemann, G., Saglam, T., McAvoy, M., eds., 2015. Youth and Performance. Perceptions of the Contemporary Child. Medien und Theater 13, Hildesheim, Zürich, New York: Georg Olms Verlag.
van de Water, M., Cacho, M. G., eds. ASSITEJ 50th Anniversary: One Step Beyond Intergenerational Exchange. Special Edition. ASSITEJ Germany
Pettersen-Lantz, V., Sweigart-Gallagher, A., eds., 2014. Nationalism and Youth in Theatre and Performance. Routledge
van de Water, M., Wartemann, G., eds., 2013. Art Meets Research. Youth Theatre Journal Vol. 27.2, Hildesheim: University of Hildesheim
van de Water, M., ed., 2012. TYA, Culture, Society. International Essays on Theatre for Young Audiences. A Publication of ASSITEJ and ITYARN. In: Kinder-, Schul- und Jugendtheater – Beiträge zu Theorie und Praxis, Band 15. Peter Lang: Frankfurt am Main
van de Water, M., ed., 2012. Teatro para públicos jóvenes. Perspectivas internacionales. Spanish Edition. Mexico: Ediciones El Milagro. Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes
van de Water, M., ed., 2011. Context and Ambiguity. XVIIth ASSITEJ World Congress and Festival. Malmoe/Copenhagen: ASSITEJ
van de Water, M., ed., 2009. Youth Theatre Journal Vol. 23.1. ITYARN issue
Morcillo, N., ed., 2011. Boletín Iberoamericano de Teatro Para La Infancia y la Juventud: I Foro Internacional de Investigadores y Críticos de Teatro para Niños y Jóvenos. Madrid: ASSITEJ España. Bilingual publication.