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Derek Miller

Stanford University
PhD Candidate
Philadelphia, PA

I am a PhD candidate in Drama at Stanford University, where my dissertation will focus on copyright law and the performing arts, particularly theater and music, in the nineteenth and twentieth century. I am exploring how the implicit aesthetics of performance in the law structured the disciplinary tendencies of theater studies and musicology. My other interests include music-as-performance, musical theater, and the voice. I hold a BA cum laude in English from Yale, with Distinction in the Major. I won a Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship to support my dissertation research. In 2011, I am coordinating the first Arts Circle at Stanford, a workshop/seminar for exceptional undergraduate arts practitioners. I served as TA and advisor for Peggy Phelan’s course on Musical Theater. My practical experience in theater and music is extensive. While at Stanford, I have acted as music director for Love’s Labour’s Lost and dramaturg for Rent; I am currently writing the script for an evening of opera scenes by Mozart, to be performed in 2011. As an actor, I have trained in Viewpoints and Suzuki with Anne Bogart and SITI Company, in Practical Aesthetics with the Atlantic Theater Company, and at Boston University. I have performed at the Williamstown Theater Festival (under the direction of Evan Cabnet) and the New York Fringe Festival (premiere of Nicky Goes Goth by Elizabeth Meriwether), with the Public Theater (as part of their 365 Days/365 Plays and through their collaboration with Stanford, under the direction of Joanna Settle), for MFA Directing Candidates at Columbia University, and in over a dozen plays at Yale. I am an amateur clarinetist and my satirical lyrics have been featured at the Stanford Humanities Center and at the Williamstown Theater Festival. My academic writings on musical theater have appeared in Theater Journal and Studies in Musical Theatre, and an article on the phenomenology of piano playing is forthcoming in Contemporary Theatre Review. I have presented papers on musical theater at Song, Stage & Screen and at the Harvard Graduate Music Forum.