Dr. Vicki L. Hoskins is a scholar, educator, and practitioner whose research focuses on musical theatre, Broadway commercialism, and the history of theatrical institutions. Her teaching experience includes courses in theatre history, dramatic literature, contemporary theory, and musical theatre, as well as practical courses on playwriting, dramaturgy, and acting. Dr. Hoskins is an experienced professional dramaturg and director with a particular interest in new works development and musical theatre dramaturgy. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in Theatre History and Criticism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a BA in Drama from the University of California, Irvine. Currently, she teaches as a Lecturer in the First Year Seminar program at Siena College.
Dr. Hoskins is currently working on her book project titled, Playbill: A History of the Longest Running Act on Broadway. The book explores how New York City company Playbill, Inc. built its publishing empire by flattening the competition, utilizing its reputation to earn fan adoration and trust, and wielding its proximity to NYC and Broadway to become an icon of the American Theatre.
Dr. Hoskins's scholarship has appeared in Coup de Théâtre and Studies in Musical Theatre. Her upcoming book chapter, “This is Not a Moment, It’s a Movement: Why Millennials are Hamiltrash," is slated to publish with McFarland and Company by the end of 2021. She has presented her research at national conferences, including American Society for Theatre Research, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Mid-America Theatre Conference, Comparative Drama, Song Stage and Screen, and the Northeastern Modern Language Association.
Dr. Hoskins is the recipient of several grants, awards, and fellowships, including the Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, the American Theatre and Drama Society Research Award, and the Elizabeth Baranger Award for Excellence in Teaching.