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Megan B. Woller

  • Associate Professor
    Fine Arts Program
  • Director, Liberal Studies
    Liberal Studies

Megan Woller is Director of Liberal Studies and Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Gannon University. Her research interests include film music, musical theater, popular music, and music and gender. She is the author of articles on film musical adaptations in The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations, Music and the Moving Image, Studies in Musical Theatre, and The Oxford Handbook of the Hollywood Musical. Dr. Woller's book, From Camelot to Spamalot: Musical Retellings of Arthurian Legend on Stage and Screen, was released by Oxford University Press in spring 2021. Dr. Woller also directs the Music & Culture minor at Gannon and is interim director of the Women's Studies minor for Fall 2022. She enjoys teaching students in all majors across the university through these interdisciplinary minors and in the Liberal Studies core classes. Dr. Woller is also a singer and  loves singing with the Erie Philharmonic Chorus! 

 

  • Music and Media (ARTS 260)
  • Music in the Theatre (ARTS 216)
  • Issues in Music History: Music and Gender (ARTS 213)
  • Introduction to Music (LFIN 251)
  • American Popular Music (LFIN 256)
  • Introduction to Theatre/Theatre and Culture (LFIN 250/ARTS 111)
  • Gender & Rationality (LBST 383 senior seminar)
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. in Musicology with a graduate minor in Cinema Studies, Dissertation title:  "Happ'ly-Ever-Aftering: Changing Social and Industry Conventions, 1960-75," 2014.
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, M.M. in Musicology, 2010.
  • Saint Mary's College, B. M. in Vocal Performance, 2008.
  • From Camelot to Spamalot: Musical Retellings of Arthurian Legend on Stage and
    Screen
    . Oxford University Press, April 2021.
  • “‘The Perfect Nanny’: Casting in Disney’s Mary Poppins and the Children’s Musical,” chapter 12 in The Oxford Handbook of the Hollywood Musical, ed. Dominic Broomfield-McHugh (Oxford University Press, 2022).
  • "A Humane, Practical, and Beautiful Solution: Feminism and Polyandry in Paint Your Wagon (1969)," chapter 13 in The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theater Adaptations, ed. Dominc McHugh. (Oxford University Press, 2019): 293-314.
  • "The Lusty Court of Camelot (1967): Exploring Sexuality in the Hollywood Adaptation," Music and the Moving Image 8, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 3-18.
  • "'This is Our Turf!': Puerto Rican Youths in the 1961 Film Adaptation of West Side Story," Studies in Musical Theatre 8, no. 1 (March 2014): 27-41.
  • "Barbra Streisand and Film Musical Stardom in the Early 1970s," American Musicological Society Southwest Conference Proceedings, Volume 5, Spring 2016 Issue.
  • "'You Can Sing Most Anything': The American Folk Revival in The Sound of Music (1965)," American Musicological Society Southwest Conference Proceedings, Volume 3, Fall 2014 Issue.
  • “Review of The Cambridge Companion to Operetta, edited by Anastasia Belina and Derek B. Scott (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Studies in Musical Theatre, 14, no. 1 (June 2020): 117-19.
  • “Review of A Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical by Elizabeth Wollman (Bloomsbury, 2017),” Journal of American Studies 53, no. 4 (November 2019): 312.
  • “Review of Adapting the Wizard of Oz: Musical Versions from Baum to MGM and Beyond, edited by Danielle Birkett and Dominic McHugh (Oxford University Press, 2019),” The Journal of Film Music 7, no. 2 (September 2019): 99-102.
  • “Media Review of BroadwayHD.com,” American Music 36, no. 2 (Summer 2018): 244-46.
  • "Review of Sounding the Gallery: Video and the Rise of Art-Music by Holly Rogers (Oxford University Press, 2013)," Journal of Musicological Research 35, no. 3 (March 2016): 264-66.
  • "Review of Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter by Richard Barrios (Oxford University Press, 2014)" American Music 32, no. 3 (Fall 2014): 364-66.

My research focuses on the study of adaptation, particularly Hollywood adaptations of Broadway musicals. Currently, I am researching musical retellings of Arthurian legend in popular culture. Additional interests include the star image of Barbra Streisand, popular music, and women in music.

Megan           B. Woller

Phone: 814-871-7510
Office: CCA 314

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