Kim Marra

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Theatre Arts and American Studies
University of Iowa

Kim Marra is a theater historian whose books include Strange Duets: Impresarios and Actresses in American Theatre, 1865–1914 (University of Iowa Press, 2006, winner of Joe A. Callaway Prize) and three co-edited volumes from the University of Michigan Press: Passing Performances: Queer Readings of Leading Players in American Theater History (1998), its sequel Staging Desire (2002), and The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy: A Biographical Dictionary of Major Figures in American Stage History in the Pre-Stonewall Era (2005). A lifelong horse lover and former competitor in the cavalry-derived sport of three-day eventing, she developed a 75-minute autobiographical solo piece entitled Horseback Views: A Queer Hippological Performance linking her family's history with thoroughbreds to the wider Anglo-American equestrian tradition. Her current book project is Fashioning the Thoroughbred Ideal: Show Women and Show Horses on American Stages, 1865–1930.