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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

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Barbara Wallace Grossman

b. May 29, 1948

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Barbara Wallace Grossman until we are able to commission a full entry.

Historian, director, and author Barbara Grossman

A theater historian, voice specialist, director, and author, Barbara Wallace Grossman has made significant contributions to academia, theater, and the Jewish and cultural communities. An honors graduate of Smith College, Grossman earned master’s degrees from Brandeis and Boston University before receiving her PhD in Drama from Tufts University in 1984. After teaching at BU’s College of Fine Arts for several years, she joined the Department of Drama and Dance at Tufts where she became the first woman to gain tenure, become a full professor, and serve as department chair (2001-2010). Her publications include Funny Woman: The Life and Times of Fanny Brice and A Spectacle of Suffering: Clara Morris on the American Stage. Grossman was a presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts (1994-1999) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (2000-2005), and has been vice chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council since 2007. A founding board member of the Jewish Women’s Archive, she is also a member of the board of advisors of the American Repertory Theater and serves on the Anti-Defamation League’s New England regional board as well as on the artistic advisory board of JArts (the Jewish Arts Collaborative). One of the founders of IMAGe (Initiative on Mass Atrocities and Genocide) at Tufts, she won the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Service Award in 2015 and was inducted into the Delta chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Tufts in 2010. Along with her husband, Steve, Grossman received the Thomas M. Menino Memorial Award for Inspired Support of the Arts in Boston in 2016, and the Hubert H. Humphrey Humanitarian Award from the National Jewish Democratic Council in 1999.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Barbara Wallace Grossman." (Viewed on April 1, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/wallace-grossman-barbara>.


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