MT/D, or change: An anti-racist musical theatre reading group

Donatella Galella*, Masi Asare, Jordan Ealey, Hyewon Kim, Matthewd Morrison, Fred Moten, Karen Shimakawa, Celineparreñas Shimizu, Saj

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In this roundtable held at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference in 2021, the participants discussed the racialized politics of citation in musical theatre studies. Some of the speakers lifted up anti-racist scholarly pieces that have significantly shaped their work: SAJ considered Douglas Jones Jr’s chapter ‘Slavery, performance, and the design of African American theatre’, Jordan Ealey shared lessons from Matthew D. Morrison’s article ‘The sound(s) of subjection: Constructing American popular music and racial identity through Blacksound’ Masi Asare expanded upon Fred Moten’s essay ‘Taste, dissonance, flavor, escape’ to think through sweeping away and stealing away, Donatella Galella applied Karen Shimakawa’s book National Abjection: The Asian American Body Onstage to contemporary yellowface, and Hye Won Kim talked about the influence of Celine Parreñas Shimizu’s book The Hypersexuality of Race: Performing Asian/American Women on Screen and Scene on her own work. Morrison, Moten, Shimakawa and Shimizu reflected on why they wrote those pieces of scholarship and how they understand their research years later. Finally, the co-authors spoke to reasons why scholars situated in musical theatre studies have so rarely cited research in fields like Black and Asian American performance studies and imagined radical possibilities beyond a racist citation framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-76
Number of pages24
JournalStudies in Musical Theatre
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2022


  • anti-racism
  • Asian American musical
  • Black musical theatre
  • Blacksound
  • citation
  • escape-in-confinement
  • hypersexuality of race
  • national abjection
  • theatre

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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