Mike Sell (English) is the editor of Playwriting in the 1960s, the fourth volume of the groundbreaking eight-volume series Decades of Modern American Drama: Playwriting from the 1930s to 2009, published by Bloomsbury.
As editor, Sell authored a 10,000-word essay on the political, social, and cultural developments of the decade and a 25,000-word history of theater during the decade, likely the first to cover not only Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway, but
regional, communal, and ethnic-American theaters, too.
Essays included in the volume cover the work of Amiri Baraka, Adrienne Kennedy, Jean-Claude Van Itallie, and Edward Albee. Literature and Criticism doctoral student Bradley Markle compiled a selection
of historical documents included in the volume, a comprehensive list of theater awards during the decade, and a significant portion of the volume’s index.
Department of English