Robert Bray is the founding editor of the Tennessee Williams Annual Review and the founding director of the Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference. He is the coauthor (with Barton Palmer) of Hollywood’s Tennessee: The Williams Films and Postwar America (2009) and author-editor of Tennessee Williams and His Contemporaries (2007). Bray also coedited (with Palmer) Modern American Drama on Screen (2013) and Modern British Drama on Screen (2013). A professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, he has written dozens of essays and entries on Williams’s work.
Larry Blades is an independent scholar. He presented a version of this essay at the 2008 Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference.
Michael S. D. Hooper, teacher of English at St. Margaret’s School in the UK, is the author of Sexual Politics in the Work of Tennessee Williams: Desire Over Protest (2012). He has edited the Methuen Student Edition of A Streetcar Named Desire (2009), and has had two articles published in the Tennessee Williams Annual Review. His essay “Pedro Almodóvar’s Homage to Tennessee Williams” will shortly appear in Tennessee Williams in Europe: Intercultural Encounters, Transatlantic Exchanges, edited by John S. Bak. Hooper regularly presents at the Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference.
John S. Bak is professor at the Université de Lorraine in France, where he teaches courses in literary journalism and American drama and theatre. His articles on Williams have appeared in such journals as Theatre Journal, Mississippi Quarterly, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, the Tennessee Williams Literary Journal, American Drama, South Atlantic Review, and Studies in Musical Theatre. His edited books include Post/modern Dracula: From Victorian Themes to Postmodern Praxis (2006), New Selected Essays: Where I Live (2009), and, with Bill Reynolds, Literary Journalism across the Globe: Journalistic Traditions and Transnational Influences (2011). He is the author of the monographs Homo Americanus: Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and Queer Masculinities (2010) and Tennessee Williams: A Literary Life (2013).
Bernadette Clemens holds a B.A. cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy. She is an M.A. candidate and director of national development at Case Western Reserve University, and a professional actress with unions AEA and AFTRA.
José I. Badenes teaches Spanish and comparative literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He specializes in the life and works of Spaniard Federico García Lorca. Dr. Badenes is currently working on a comparative study of the plays of Tennessee Williams and Federico García Lorca.
Tom Mitchell is head of the Theatre Department at the University of Illinois. A frequent panelist and guest director at the Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference, Mitchell has also directed several Williams plays at the University of Illinois.
Michael Paller is dramaturg and director of humanities for the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and also teaches in their M.F.A. acting conservatory. Since joining A.C.T. in August 2005, he has dramaturged more than thirty mainstage productions and several readings in A.C.T.’s First Look series of new work, including plays by Ping Chong, José Rivera, Lillian Groag, and Philip Kan Gotanda. He has been a dramaturg and literary manager at several theatres, including the George Street Playhouse, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Long Wharf Theatre, the Roundabout Theatre, and others. He is the author of Gentlemen Callers: Tennessee Williams, Homosexuality and Mid-20th Century Drama (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005) and Tennessee Williams: The Playwright in Context (Smith & Kraus, 2010), as well as several essays on Williams’s work.