Curriculum Vitae


Ryan Bunch
1329 Lombard Street, Apt. 602
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
(267) 973-9756
ryan@ryanbunch.com

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Childhood Studies, Rutgers University, expected 2021
M.A., Historical Musicology, University of Maryland, 2001
B.A., Music, Hendrix College, 1997


ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT and COURSES TAUGHT

2016-present               Rutgers University-Camden, Graduate Assistant
Research Assistant to Daniel Hart (Fall 2018)
Instructor, Introduction to Childhood Studies (online, Summer 2018)
Teaching Assistant, Senior Seminar, with Lynne Vallone (Spring 2018)
Teaching Assistant, Senior Seminar, with Susan Miller (Fall 2017)
Teaching Assistant, Ethnographies of Childhood, with Sarada Balagopalan (Spring 2017)
Research Assistant to Meredith Bak (Fall 2016)

2010-2018                   Rutgers University-Camden, Artist Associate
Voice I-V

2016                            Temple University, Instructor
                                    Music in History (Spring 2016)

2009-2016                   Community College of Philadelphia, Instructor
Introduction to Music (Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2014, Fall 2015)
Music Reading (Spring 2015)
Piano I (Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2015)
Modern American Music (Fall 2012)
Music of African Americans (Spring 2011)

2009                            Camden County College, Continuing Education Instructor
The American Musical (Fall 2009)

2008-2012                   Holy Family University, Instructor

Music Appreciation (Fall 2008-Fall 2012)


PUBLICATIONS

Book

Oz and the Musical: Performing the American Fairy Tale. Oxford University Press, under contract.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article

2015    “Oz and the Musical: The American Art Form and the Reinvention of the American Fairy Tale.” Studies in Musical Theatre 9, no. 1 (2015): 53-69.

Chapters in Edited Collections and Conference Proceedings

2018                “Ease on Down the Road: Black Routes and the Soul of The Wiz.” In Adapting The Wizard of Oz: Musical Versions From Baum to MGM and Beyond, edited by Danielle Birkett and Dominic McHugh. Oxford University Press.
2017                “‘Love Is an Open Door’: Repeating and Revising Disney’s Musical Tropes in Frozen.” In Contemporary Musical Film, edited by Beth Carroll and Kevin Donnelly. University of Edinburgh Press.
2017                “You Can’t Stop the Tweet: Convergence Culture and Networks of Participation in the Live Television Musical.” In iBroadway: Musical Theatre in the Digital Age, edited by Jessica Hillman. Palgrave.
2017                “Repetition, Resistance, and the Child as Performing Object in Disney’s It’s a Small World” In Reimagining the Child: Proceedings of the 2016 Rutgers-Camden Graduate Student Conference in Childhood Studies, edited by Julian Burton and Katie Fredricks.
Forthcoming   “Beginning with Do Re Mi: Childhood and The Sound of Music.” In Broadway Babies: Children, Childhood and Musical Theater, edited by James Leve and Donelle Ruwe. Ashgate.
Forthcoming   “‘My Corner of the Sky’: Adolescence and Coming of Age in the Musicals of Stephen Schwartz.” In The Routledge Companion to the American Stage Musical: 1970 and Beyond, edited by Jessica Sternfeld and Elizabeth Wollman. Routledge.
Book Review

2016    Shauna Vey, Childhood and Nineteenth-Century American Theatre: The Work of the Marsh Troupe of Juvenile Actors (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015), The Lion and the Unicorn 40, no. 1 (2016): 124-127.


CONFERENCE PAPERS

2018    Fun Home and Broadway’s Ghostly Queer Kids,” Children’s Literature Association, San Antonio, TX; Song, Stage and Screen, UCLA; Playing with Childhood in the Twenty-First Century, University of Pittsburgh.
2018    Seminar Paper, Mediated Space by/for Young People, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Toronto, ON.
2017    “Childhood and the Politics of Innocence in Boy and the World,” Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association, Philadelphia PA; Conceptualizing Children and Youth Conference, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.
2017    “Knowledge is Power: Music, Animation, and American History in Schoolhouse Rock,” International Research Society for Children’s Literature, Toronto, ON; Society for the History of Childhood and Youth, Camden, NJ; Music and the Moving Image, New York, NY; Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, San Diego, CA.
2016    “Performing Objects, Child Subjects, and Disney’s It’s a Small World,” Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association, Atlantic City, NJ, 2016; Youngsters: On the Cultures of Children and Youth, Association for Research in Cultures of Young People, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2016; Children’s Literature Association, Columbus, Ohio, 2016; Reimagining the Child: Next Steps in the Study of Childhood(s), Rutgers University, Camden, NJ, 2016.
2016    Convergence Culture and Networks of Participation in the Live Television Musical, Song, Stage, and Screen XI, New York, New York, 2016.
2015    “‘Love Is an Open Door’: Revising and Repeating Disney’s Musical Tropes in Frozen,” Music and the Moving Image, New York, New York, 2015.
2015    “Bursting Into Flight: Adolescent Desire and Embodied Song in Animated Musicals of the Disney Renaissance,” Children’s Literature Association, Richmond, Virginia, 2015; Society for American Music, Sacramento, California, 2015; Music and the Moving Image, New York, New York, 2013; The Performing Body in the Hollywood Film Musical, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, 2013.
2014    “Oz and the Musical: How the American Art Form Transformed the American Fairy Tale,” Oz and the Cultural Imagination, University of Brighton, 2014.
2014    “Beginning with Do Re Mi: The Childhood Musical and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music,” Song, Stage and Screen IX, Hamilton, Ontario, 2014; Children’s Literature Association, Columbia, South Carolina, 2014.
2014    “From Broadway to Sesame Street: Neighborhoods of Make-Believe and the Afterlife of Tin Pan Alley on Children’s Television,” Music and the Moving Image, New York, New York, 2014; Music on Small Screens, Music and Media study group of the International Musicological Society, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 2013.
2013    “It’s a Small Transnational Capitalist Utopia After All: Pleasure, Technology and the Performing Object in Disney’s It’s a Small World,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Orlando, Florida, 2013.
2013    “Performing the American Fairy Tale: Ritual, Play, and The Wizard of Oz,” Children’s Literature Association, Biloxi, Mississippi, 2013.
2013    “The (Anti-)Rock Musical: Bye Bye Birdie’s Generational Crisis and the End of Broadway’s Golden Era,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Washington, D.C., 2013. Earlier version presented as “Rock, Race and Assimilation Anxiety in Bye Bye Birdie” at the Sixth Susan Porter Memorial Symposium: Classic Broadway and Those Who Built It, American Music Research Center, Boulder Colorado, 2010.
2012    “No Place Like Home?: Collaboration and the Queer-Jewish American Utopia of The Wizard of Oz,” Music and the Moving Image, New York, New York, 2012; Song Stage and Screen VI, Kansas City, Missouri, 2011.
2012    “Ease on Down the Road: The Black Musical and the Routes of Soul in The Wiz,” Society for American Music, Little Rock, Arkansas, 2013; Song, Stage and Screen VII, Groeningen, Netherlands, 2012; International Association for the Study of Popular Music, New York, New York, 2012.
2012    “Rainbows Have Nothing to Hide: Ritual, Play, and Brechtian Theatrics in The Muppet Movie,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Boston, Massachusetts, 2012.
2011    “Getting Over the Rainbow: Divas, Camp and the Queer National Anthem,” The Diva: An International Conference, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK, 2011. Earlier versions presented for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (2011), the American Musicological Society of Greater New York (2010), the Capital Chapter of the American Musicological Society (2001), and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (2000).
2000    “Keeping America Pure: Anticommunism, National Identity and the Politics of Place in Copland’s The Tender Land,” Capital Chapter of the American Musicological Society in conjunction with the Aaron Copland and American Identity festival, University of Maryland, College Park, 2000.


INVITED TALKS AND GUEST LECTURES

2018                “Getting a Ph.D.: What’s it Really Like?” Talk to M.A. students in English and Communication at Rutgers University-Camden.
2013                Guest lecture on childhood and Christmas music for Children and Christmas course taught by Patrick Cox in the Childhood Studies Department at Rutgers University-Camden, August 12.

PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP and COMMUNITY OUTREACH

2017                Book review of Walter Frisch, Arlen and Harburg’s Over the Rainbow for the Baum Bugle.
2016                Convention chair, International Wizard of Oz Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2015                “The Soul of The Wiz,” presentation at OzCon International, San Diego, California.
2014-2015       Lecture series at John C. Anderson Apartments, an LGBT-Friendly Community, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2014                “Oz and the Musical,” presentation at OzCon International, San Diego, California.
2013-2014       Privately organized “Rogue Lectures” with field trips to theatrical performances and cinematic openings.
2010                Pre-show lecture for Bye Bye Birdie, Players Club of Swarthmore, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
2007                Reviewer, Stage Magazine Online.
2006-2007       Education Writer, Sounds of Learning study guides, Opera Company of Philadelphia.

SERVICE

2018-               Area Chair of Children and Childhood Studies, Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association
2017-2018       Treasurer, Graduate Student Association, Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University-Camden
2015-17           Peer reviews of journal articles and book proposals
2014                Selection Committee, AMS Mid-Atlantic Chapter
2014                Talent competition judge for Korean Student Association, Rutgers-Camden
2012-2015       Committee to revise Course Learning Outcomes mandated by Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Community College of Philadelphia
2011                Co-author, music history placement exam, Community College of Philadelphia
2010                Vocal coach and music director, Holy Family University Drama Club
2001                Musicology representative to Music Student Advisory Committee, University of Maryland, College Park


OTHER EXPERIENCE

2017-2020                   Vice President, International Wizard of Oz Club
2014-2017                   Board of Directors, International Wizard of Oz Club
2005-2016                   Private Singing Instructor, Ryan Bunch Voice Studio
2006-2010                   Vocal Studio Instructor, Mainstage Center for the Arts
2002-2010                   Freelance music director for school and community theater musicals
1999-2008                   Puppeteer, Beale Street Puppets
2006-2007                   Subscriber Services Assistant, Opera Company of Philadelphia
2002-2005                   Script writer, composer, songwriter, puppeteer, music director, design and build assistant,  and educational workshop instructor, Renaissance Artist Puppet Company,
2002-2003                   Teaching Artist, Education Through Music
2001-2002                   Piano Instructor, Mobile Musical Instruction
1999-2001                   Circulation Desk, Performing Arts Library, University of Maryland

AFFILIATIONS



American Musicological Society
Association for Research in Cultures of Young People
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Children’s Literature Association
International Association for the Study of Popular Music
International Research Society for Children’s Literature
International Wizard of Oz Club
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
Society for American Music
Society for the History of Childhood and Youth
Society for Cinema and Media Studies