At this summer’s Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference in Washington, D.C., held July 31–August 5, 2012, Assistant Professor of Theater Michael Schwartz participated in a roundtable discussion panel entitled “The Most Fabulous Producers: A Re-evaluation of Producers’ Innovations and Achievements in American Theatre.”
Schwartz’s paper, “The Fabulous Who?: The Productions of Robert Griffith,” focused on the career of the successful Broadway producer who partnered with Hal Prince on such hits as The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, and West Side Story.
Schwartz also participated as an actor during the 23rd annual New Play Development Workshop for the Playwrights and Creative Teams program of ATHE, taking part in the revision and development of new 10-minute plays presented at the conference.
Schwartz is in his second year as a temporary full-time theater historian for the Department of Theater and Dance. He has contributed a curricular revision of the history and literature sequence and created a new course in Dramaturgy. He has been a lively contributor to Theater-by-the-Grove productions with dramaturgical support of most productions.