I am delighted to introduce Eric Colleary as TLA’s new webmaster.
Eric has extensive experience working with WordPress and social media. In addition, he has been appointed Co-Chair of the Website Editorial Committee and will work with Angela Weaver to further the activities related to the website and Broadside Digest. His interests include archives, performing arts collections, LGBT Studies, and food history!
Eric is a Visiting Professor in Theatre History and Performance Studies at Macalester College in Saint Paul. He recently received his PhD in Theatre Historiography from the University of Minnesota, where he was an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow conducting research on LGBT archives, identity and performance. He serves as co-leader of the Twin Cities chapter of the American Theatre Archives Project(ATAP) and has worked closely over the past six years with the Tretter Collection in LGBT Studies at the University of Minnesota as an archivist, exhibit curator, advisory board chair, and performing arts specialist. During graduate school, he began exploring his side interest in food history and currently edits The American Table, a public history blog documenting American foodways (www.americantable.org). As a result of this project, he was recently named a 2015 Legacy Research Fellow by the Minnesota Historical Society and is currently developing a social history cookbook focusing on the servants of the historic James J. Hill House in Saint Paul, MN.