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Virginia Scott
Professor Emerita, Dramaturgy
B.A., M.F.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa



During her more than 25 years as a faculty member in the Department of Theater, Virginia Scott taught in the undergraduate dramaturgy program and developed graduate programs in dramaturgy and playwriting. She served twice as chairman of the department and was an active dramaturg, translator, playwright, director and actor.

She has published widely on the historic French theatre; her books include The Commedia dell'arte in Paris (University Press of Virginia, 1990), Molière: A Theatrical Life (Cambridge University Press, 2000), Performance, Poetry and Politics on the Queen's Day: Catherine de Médicis and Pierre de Ronsard at Fontainebleau, with Sara Sturm-Maddox (Ashgate: 2007),  Tartuffe: A Critical Edition with Constance Congdon (Norton, 2008), and Women on the Stage in Early Modern France (Cambridge University Press, In Press). 

She has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the Camargo Foundation (twice), and has received several awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, including a Senior Fellowship. She has also been named a Distinguished Scholar of the American Society for Theatre Research and has received the George Freedley Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Literature of the Theatre.

Her book, Women on the Stage in Early Modern France, was recently published by Cambridge University Press. She spoke at the Renaissance Society of American conference in Venice and for a scholarly group at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.




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