Part-Time Faculty


Robert Chip Crane

Visiting Lecturer

PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2013

MA in Theatre History and Criticism, University of Pittsburgh, 2005

BA in Theatre Studies, Georgia State University, 2001

Office: 1228 CL Cathedral of Learning

Crane is a specialist in Soviet theatre and cinema. He teaches Elementary Russian and Russian Fairy Tales, which was recently voted the best class at the University of Pittsburgh.

Courses Taught

Russian Fairy Tales


Elementry Russian


Laurence Senelick and Sergei Ostrovsky. The Soviet Theatre: A Documentary History.” (Book Review) Theatre Journal. 67.4 (Dec. 2015). 757-758

“Khusein Erkenov's Ordered to Forget.” ( Film Review) KinoKultura 49 (July 2015). Web.

“Bankrupt, The Blue Shawl, and Mullah at the Galiäsgar Kamal Tatar National Academic Theatre, Kazan'.” (Performance Review) Theatre Journal 67.1 (March 2015). 109-113. Print.

“The Performance Historian as Cold Case Detective: Reopening Nikolai L'vov’s Investigation of the Blue Blouse Movement.” Performing Arts Resources 28: A Tyranny of Documents: The Performance Historian as Film Noir Detective. Stephen Johnson. Ed. 2011. 225-232.

“Between Factography and Ethnography: Sergei Tretiakov’s Roar, China!.” Text and Presentation 2010. Kiki Gounaridou, ed. Jefferson, NC: McFarland 2010. 41-53.

Research Interests

Soviet Theatre and Cinema

Ukrainian Theatre and Cinema

Georgian Silent Cinema

National Culture and Imperial Culture

Theatre and Geography

Representative Conference Presentations

“Khudzhum: The Surrogate Proletariat on the Uzbek Stage.” Mid-America Theatre Conference, Houston, March 2017.

“Inspired by the Center? Peripheral Modernism and National Theatre in the Early Soviet Union.” Mid-America Theatre Conference. Kansas City, March 2015.

“Situating the Nation on Screen and in the State: Landscape in Soviet Georgian Silent Cinema.” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Convention. San Antonio, November 2014.

“Centering the Periphery: The Olympics of National Theatres and the Revision of Soviet Theatre History.” Mid-America Theatre Conference. Cleveland March 2014.

“From the Worker’s Club to the Archive: Documenting the Economies of Early Soviet Popular Theatre.” American Society for Theatre Research. TLA Plenary Session. Montreal, November 2011.