Skip to:Main Content

Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Kimberly M. Jew

Associate Professor of Theater

Lenfest 308
(540) 458-8004


B.A., English, UC Berkeley, 1990
M.A., English, Georgetown University, 1992
Ph.D., Educational Theater, New York University, 1998


My research and teaching specialties include modern and contemporary drama, experimental theater, American theater, women and gender in theater, Asian American theater, educational theater and stage direction. I am affiliated with the Women and Gender Studies and Teacher Certification Programs. I recently worked on a community arts project with W&L students, faculty and community members to create a local letters to the editor script, performance and book.

I am currently working on two projects: an article that explores early twentieth century American experimental theatre and a new play on local Virginian folklore.



THTR 100 Introduction to Theater
THTR 121 Play Reading and Analysis
THTR 210 AND 211 Theater History I, II
THTR 215 Modern Drama
THTR 216 Contemporary Drama
THTR 225 Drama and Theater Teaching Methods
THTR 240 Community Performance
THTR 250 Women in Contemporary Theater

Selected Publications

2011      Lexington’s Letters to the Editor (editor of script) to be published in book-form by Mariner Press, along with selected letters to the editor to the News-Gazette.

2011    "Perspectives on Asian American Performance Art: Contexts, Memories and the Making of Meaning on Stage,” in MELUS, journal for the Society of the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature in the United States, “Special Volume on Asian Performance.”

2010    “Reclaiming Ritual: Feminism and Post-Colonialism in Two Plays by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl” in Rites of Passage, Rodopi Press (Cross Cultures Series).

2008    “Gothic Aesthetics of Entanglement and Endangerment in The Sound of a Voice and The House of Sleeping Beauties,” in Asian Gothic: A Critical Reader, McFarland Press.

2005    “Dismantling the Realist Character in Velina Hasu Houston’s 'Tea' and David Henry Hwang’s 'FOB” in Literary Gestures, the Aesthetic in Asian American Literature, Temple University Press.

Recent WLU productions:

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl (2010)

Little Shop of Horrors by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (2008)

Oscar and Felix by Neil Simon (2007)

The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca (2006)

Recent Professional Service and Training:

“Directing Workshop,” Yale School of Drama

Modern Language Association Delegate Assembly member

Studio Roanoke, Board of Directors

Lexington’s Letter to the Editor Publicity
Roanoke Times: