Vicki Hoskins - Doctoral Student



MA, Theatre History & Criticism, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

BA, Drama, University of California Irvine


Vicki Hoskins is a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality, and desire in contemporary commercial musical theatre. Additional research interests include global and transnational musicals; gender, feminist, and queer theory; and performances of fan culture such as cosplay and roleplay. Vicki is also a dramaturg, director, and actor. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Vicki worked in new play development, serving as a literary manager for the Long Beach Playhouse where she evaluated new plays for their season. She also has worked as a production dramaturg on musicals, plays, dance performances, and devised pieces. At Pitt, Vicki has advised the Redeye Theatre Project for the past three years and has also served as a judge for Performance Collaborative’s Playwriting Festival. Last year, she was fortunate to direct Gruesome Playground Injuries for the UP Stages season.

As an instructor, Vicki 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. Last year, she was honored to receive the Elizabeth Baranger Award for Excellence in Teaching. This past summer, Vicki received the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Summer Research Grant, which allowed her to perform research for her upcoming dissertation project at the New York Public Library’s archives. She has presented her research at the American Society for Theatre Research, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Northeastern Modern Language Association.


“Marketing Musicals: Commercializing the Avant-Garde in Spring Awakening.Studies in Musical Theatre, 7.3 2013.


“’A Song That Hits You So Hard’: Emotion, Affect, and Silence in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Song, Stage, and Screen XI. New York, New York. June 2016.

“Māo: China’s Transnational Adaptation of Cats.” American Society for Theatre Research. Portland, OR. November 2015.

"’This Cold World Will Remember Us’: Death, Performance, and Legacy in Bonnie & Clyde.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Scottsdale, AZ. July 2014.

“Marketing Musicals: Commercializing the Avant-Garde in Spring Awakening.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholarship Panel in Music Theatre/Dance. Orlando, FL. August 2013.

“Not Smashing Stereotypes: Female Representation and the Male Gaze in Smash.” Northeast Modern Language Association. Boston, MA. March 2013.

“’I Enjoy Being a Girl’: The Asian Female in David Henry Hwang’s Flower Drum Song.” Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium. Philadelphia, PA. February 2013.