Manon joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin in 1998 and teaches courses in theatre for youth, theatre research, and directs and supervises the theatre for young audience’s productions. For 2012-13 she serves as the Department of Theatre and Drama’s Director of Theatre Production (DoTP).
Her research interests have a strong international focus, and include the interdependence of meaning and material conditions in theatre for adults and youth, Russian theatre, international theatre for youth, and theatre and drama in volatile regions. She has published widely on theatre, drama education, and theatre for young audiences in national and international journals such as Research in Drama Education, Essays in Theatre/Etudes Théâtrale, Modern Drama, Youth Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Stage of the Art, Korrespondenzen, and Prospekt. She is a contributor to the Cambridge Companion to American Theatre; The Supplement to The Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet, and Eurasian History; Gender and Education: An Encyclopedia; and has written book chapters for, among others, “We Will Be Citizens:” Essays on Gay and Lesbian Theatre (McFarland 2008), Key Concepts in Drama/Theatre Education (Sense 2011), and Playing With Theory (Palgrave, 2011). She is the author of Moscow Theatres for Young People: A Cultural History of Ideological Coercion and Artistic Innovation, 1917-2000 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006); Dutch Theatre for Children (New Plays Inc., 2008/ Dramatic Publishers, 2009), and Theatre, Youth, and Culture: A Critical and Historical Exploration, which builds on her ongoing research on the place and function of theatre for youth in society (Palgrave McMillan, 2012, forthcoming). In addition, she has edited several issues of Youth Theatre Journal, the professional journal of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), and is the editor of Context and Ambiguity (Assitej, 2011), and TYA, Culture, Society: International Essays in Theatre for Young Audiences (Peter Lang, 2012), publication of ITYARN and ASSITEJ, which will be forthcoming in Spanish in fall 2012 (Mexico: Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and Ediciones El Milagro). Professor van de Water is the liaison of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) with AATE and ITYARN, and chair of ITYARN, the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network of ASSITEJ. Aside from research activities, Professor van de Water has also given numerous national and international workshops on theatre/drama education, and has been invited as a jury member to international TYA festivals. In her spare time she translates plays with her daughter.
Manon holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from Arizona State University and Doctorandus in Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Leiden, The Netherlands.