2010-2011 Faculty Fellows

  Ellen MacKay

   Assistant professor of English

   Indiana University

Project: "Between Fact and Fiction: Using Virtual Sea Spectacles to Reclaim the Sense of History"

Ellen MacKay specializes in early modern theatre, Renaissance literature and the history and theory of theatre and performance. Her work explores the complex impact of performance’s ephemerality on the idea and practice of history. Her first book,Persecution, Plague and Fire (forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press) studies the long record of disaster in the English Renaissance playhouse and concludes that theatre was expected to precipitate disaster—and that the falls of Rome and of the Roman Catholic Church supplied proof to early modern Englishwomen and men of the damage it could and would do.

Her IDAH fellowship derives from her second book, titled The Implausible History of Sea Spectacles from Nero to Wagner, in which she considers the historical influence of aquatic performances that seem unstageable, lack reliable records and may never have happened.

She has published articles on the heteronormalizing influence of Shakespeare on Canadian theatre (Canadian Theatre Review), the performance of Americanness demanded by the Naturalization process (CTR), the vigorous disciplinary afterlife of Dionysus in 69 (Theatre History Studies), the theatre’s tendency to self-destruct(Theatre Survey), and the stutter that liberates Susannah Centlivre’s The Busie Body(MLA Approaches to Teaching series).

  Ron Osgood

   Professor of Telecommunications

   Indiana University

Project: "The Vietnam War: Stories From Both Sides"

Ron Osgood is a Professor in the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University specializing in documentary storytelling and video production. His creative work has been broadcast on network and satellite channels, selected for screening at film festivals and distributed both nationally and internationally.

His first long form documentary Trouble No More: The Making of a John Mellencamp Album won a regional Emmy in 2004 and can still be rented through Blockbuster and Netflix.

He is currently finishing a documentary about families with a parent that served in Vietnam and a child in Iraq (www.myvietnamyouriraq.com) and is developing an interactive documentary that will tell stories about the Vietnam War from both sides

  Katie Chapman

   Ph.D. Candidate,


Project: "Nested Analysis and Resonant Concordances: Developing Immersive Environments for the Presentation of New Art Music"

Carmen Helena Téllez is Professor of Music, Director of the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble and Director of the Latin American Music Center at the Jacobs School of Music. She is also series editor for Oxford University Press, and artistic co-director of Aguavá New Music Studio, an artists' group devoted to the interdisciplinary presentation of new art music. Previously the Music Director of the National Chorus of Spain, she tours nationally and internationally as a conductor, producer and lecturer.

She has conducted the world premieres and collegiate premieres of important choral-orchestral compositions of our time and has won awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the State Department, Indiana University New Frontiers, and the Indiana Arts Commission.

Carmen earned a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University in 1989. In 2010 she received the 2010 Tracy M. Sonneborn Award and presented the Sonneborn Lecture.