About Dr. Hoskins

Dr. Vicki L. Hoskins is a scholar and practitioner whose research focuses on musical theatre, Broadway commercialism, and the history of theatre as business. She is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. At Saint Rose, she teaches courses on Theatre History, Theatre Arts, Studio Study Acting. Playwriting, and Musical Theatre. She received her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

Her book project titled, "Playbill: A History of the Longest Running Act on Broadway" builds from her dissertation project, “Playbill Takes the Stage: The Rise of America's Foremost Theatrical Program," which examined the history of the NYC company Playbill within the interrelated contexts of print culture, American theatre history, and Broadway commercialism and consumerism. Her dissertation was supported by the Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, the American Theatre and Drama Society Graduate Research Award, the Dean's Tuition Scholarship, and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Research Grant. Dr. Hoskins has published articles in the peer-reviewed journals Coup de Théâtre  and Studies in Musical Theatre. Her upcoming book chapter, “This is Not a Moment, It’s a Movement: Why Millennials are Hamiltrash," is slated to publish with McFarland and Company by the end of 2020. Additional research interests include global and transnational musicals; gender, feminist, and queer theory; and performances of fan culture such as cosplay and roleplay. 

Dr. Hoskins keeps an active practice as a dramaturg and director. She has worked as a production dramaturg on musicals, plays, dance performances, and devised pieces. She has a special interest in helping to develop new work, and has worked as a new play dramaturg at the Mid-America Theatre Conference’s Dramatists Play Lab for several years. She also held a Literary Management internship at the Long Beach Playhouse where she evaluated new plays for the season. At the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Hoskins advised the 24-hour playwriting festivals sponsored by the Redeye Theatre Project for three years. Dr. Hoskins has taught dramaturgy workshops and mentored undergraduate dramaturgs at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Most recently, Dr. Hoskins directed Gruesome Playground Injuries for the UP Stages season at the University of Pittsburgh, and she served as a production dramaturg for Qui Nguyen's She Kills Monsters for Pitt Stages' Mainstage season as well as Prime Stage's production of In the Time of the Butterflies.

As an instructor, Dr. Hoskins has taught courses and workshops in theatre history, global music drama, theatre appreciation, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, performance, and pedagogy and has received a number of accolades for her teaching including the Elizabeth Baranger Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has presented her research with the following organizations: American Society for Theatre Research, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Mid-America Theatre Conference, Comparative Drama, Song Stage and Screen, and the Northeastern Modern Language Association.