As a scholar, she has been trained to apply the theoretical lens of performance to everyday practices and so, while her methodology is consistent, the subjects of her work vary wildly—from, for example, end of life health care to contemporary dramatic literature to the American Presidency.
As an artist, her focus is on strengthening communities through theatrical improvisation, oral history collection, writing and performance. To this end, over the last twenty-five years, she has created dozens of workshops and performances in a wide variety of settings, including prisons, hospices, libraries and community centers. She is a trained facilitator of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed.
She is currently beginning a new project on American theater artists on the front lines of the Cold War.
Books (from Theatre in the Americas Series):
- Presidential Libraries as Performance, Southern Illinois University Press, 2016
- Performing Loss: Building Communities Through Theater and Writing, Southern Illinois University Press, 2007
- Text and Presentation: “What are you doing in my hallucination?”: Immigration, Hospitality and Transformation in Angels in America, McFarland & Co., 2016.
- “Asking Good Discussion Questions”, The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, Routledge, 2014, Magda Romanska, ed.
- “Character-in- Chief: Performing the American Citizen at Two Presidential Libraries.”, Text and Performance Quarterly, Vol. 32 No. 4, October, 2012
Selected Dramaturgy (Theatre Research for Live Performance):
- Voices from a Changing Middle East Festival, Mosaic Theatre, April 2017
- Rapture, Blister, Burn, Roundhouse Theatre, 2015
- Awake and Sing!, Olney Theatre, 2014
- Hammock, The Dance Exchange, 2011
BA in English Literature, Harvard University
MA in Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
PhD in Performance Studies, Northwestern University
- Association for Theatre in Higher Education
- National Communications Association