TDR (journal)

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TDR: The Drama Review  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
TDR-Drama Rev-J Perf.
Discipline Arts
Language English
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 1054-2043 (print)
1531-4715 (web)
OCLC no. 50670623

TDR: The Drama Review is an academic journal focusing on performances in their social, economic, aesthetic, and political contexts. The journal covers dance, theatre, music, performance art, visual art, popular entertainment, media, sports, rituals, and performance in politics and everyday life.

TDR:The Drama Review was founded in 1955 by Robert W. Corrigan as the "Carlton Drama Review" (so named because Corrigan was a faculty member at Carlton College). Corrigan took TDR with him to Tulane University in 1957 where he renamed it the Tulane Drama Review. In 1962, Corrigan left Tulane for Carnegie Mellon University and Richard Schechner became editor. Schechner left Tulane for New York University in 1967 taking TDR with him renaming it TDR: The Drama Review. Erika Munk succeeded Schechner as editor in 1969. Michael Kirby became editor in 1970. In 1986, Kirby resigned and Schechner resumed TDR's editorship. Schechner continues as editor as of 2010. TDR is owned by New York University and is published in hard copy and online by the MIT Press.

From 2011 onwards, TDR's point of view will be expanded by means of a consortium of editors: Jill Dolan and Stacy Wolf (Princeton University), Rebecca Schneider (Brown University), and William (Huizhu) Sun (Shanghai Theatre Academy). Schechner will remain as editor-in-chief and Mariellen Sandford will continue as Associate Editor. One issue a year will be edited by a consortium editor or editors. In addition, the consortium editors will meet with Schechner and Sandford on a regular basis to discuss TDR editorial policies.

TDR is not peer-reviewed, a fact that has been somewhat controversial. Richard Schechner called the objectivity that is associated with the process of peer review "a chimera" in his article "TDR and Me" published in the journal in 2006. He expanded on this idea by explaining: "but the opinion of a group remains subjective. In the humanities, too often peer review leads to the publication of articles that support whatever notions are popular/stylish at the time".[1]


  1. ^ TDR: The Drama Review, Volume 50, Number 1 (T 189), Spring 2006, pp. 6-12.

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