Angela (Angie) M Sweigart-Gallagher
Current Research and Creative Interests
While my research and creative endeavors may appear on their surface to be quite different, an underlying theme in both is the intersection of theatre and politics.
Current Research Projects:
I am currently revising a conference paper that examines the representation of motherhood in two plays published during the 1920s in Margaret Sanger's The Birth Control Review. Motherhood, both actual and symbolic, was central to Margaret Sanger's appeal to readers of the Birth Control Review (BCR) when she edited the magazine from 1917-1929, and it remained a central trope within its pages until the magazine stopped publishing in 1940. My article examines Mary Burrill's They Sat in Darkness and Children by Coralie Haman, exploring the way each playwright deploys and responds to the "performance" of motherhood presented in the pages of TBCR. I am particularly interested in the way in which each text is situated within the broader frame of the birth control debate and in the particularities of the issue in which it was featured.
I recently completed an article about the function of rule-breaking and theatre for youth, focused on a production of Anne Negri's play With Two Wings that I worked on in at my last institution. This paper titled "Don't Go in the Worknest!: Responding to Rules and Rule Breaking in Two Wings" uses my daughter's response to seeing the production as a lens through which to discuss concerns about the depiction of rule-breaking in contemporary Theatre for Youth. Situating the play and our production within the context of contemporary parenting approaches, I suggest that rule-breaking in Theatre for Youth offers critical opportunities for dialogue between caregivers and youth.
Current Performance Projects:
My collaborative performance projects created as part of The Wandering Uterus Project draw on pop culture, political statements, ancient texts and theories, as well as my own body and lived experience to create performances and installations that seek to redress anti-women rhetoric. I began this work with my collaborator Victoria P. Lantz in 2012 in response to the anti-women rhetoric circulating in the presidential campaign.
Taking its name from the writing on an historic brothel coin, our project All Night Check: Beautiful Young Ladies Perform for You is an evolving performance project that addresses the way in which male desires and fears have manipulated both the perception of women and their lived experiences of sexual contact and desire. Previous incarnations of this project have taken the form of an interactive video installation featuring short films of sexual disappointments designed for a single live performer. We recently shared this work at the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire (October 2018). We also presented versions of this performance at the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival and at Toronto's Festival of Original Theatre in February 2016.
PhD Theatre Research, Minor: Curriculum and Instruction
MA Theatre Research
BA English and Theatre
- cum laude
Examples of my work as a visiting scholar or guest at another institution:
- Intersection of politics and performance, Representations of American national identity in theatre and performance, Performances that address women’s reproductive rights, Federal Theatre Project, Theatre for Young Audiences
Presentations, Exhibitions, Performances and Published Work:
- Nationalism and Youth in Theatre and Performance, Co-Editor and Contributor, New York: Routledge, 2014
- PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES
- 2019 Sweigart-Gallagher, Angela and Melissa C. Thompson. "Satire as Strategy for Resistance and Persistence in A Series of Modest Pronouncements," Theory in Action, vol. 12, no. 4, April 2019, pp. 75-98.
- 2017 Sweigart-Gallagher, Angela. "Poor Piper: Academic Performances and Maternal Interruptions Made Public. "On the Maternal" a special issue of Performance Research, vol. 22, no.4 October 2017, pp. 102-104.
- 2015 Sweigart-Gallagher, Angela and Aaron C. Thomas. “The Location’s the Thing: Endstation Theatre Company and Dramaturgies of Place,” Theatre Topics, vol. 25, no. 1, March 2015, pp. 25-35.
- 2014 Sweigart-Gallagher, Angela. “Playing Patriots: The Role(s) of Child Protestors in the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party Movements,” Youth Theatre Journal, vol. 28, no.1, 2014, pp. 74-86.
- 2012 Sweigart-Gallagher, Angela. “John Hunter Booth’s Created Equal: A Federal Theatre Model for Patriotism.” The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, vol. 24, no.2, Spring 2012, pp. 67-88.
- 2009 Sweigart-Gallagher, Angela. “The Promise of Democracy: Imagining National Community in Paul Green’s The Lost Colony." Theatre Symposium, vol. 17, 2009, pp. 97-112.
- 2018 All Night Check, Performance Installation for two performers, Performer and Co-creator, The Wandering Uterus Project, University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
- 2017 A Series of Modest Pronouncements: Dress Like a Woman and Flag Day, Performer and Co-Creator, The Wandering Uterus Project, Bad and Nasty Flag Day Performances, Web Series, June 14
- 2017 A Modest Pronouncement, Performer and Co-Creator, The Wandering Uterus Project, We The People: A Bad and Nasty Production, Canton, NY, February 20
- 2016 All Night Check: Election Edition, Performer and Co-creator, The Wandering Uterus Project, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Minneapolis, MN, August 9, 10, 12, 13
- 2016 All Night Check: Beautiful Young Ladies to (Theoretically) Perform for You, The Wandering Uterus Project, Festival of Original Theatre (FOOT), Toronto, Canada, February 6
- 2014 All Night Check, Performance Installation Designed for Solo Performer, Performer and Co-creator, The Wandering Uterus Project
- 2012 Dr. Womb and Dr. Tomb's Wondrous Wandering Ward of Cures, Clarifications, Calumnies, Correctives and Creams for that Ails and Avails the Utilitarian and Utterly Unreliable Uterus, Performer and Playwright, The Wandering Uterus Project
- BOOK CHAPTERS
- 2018 Sweigart-Gallagher, Angela and Kristin Hunt. "An Ethical Balancing Act: Student Labor and Project-Based Learning," The Performing Arts as High-Impact Practice, edited by Susan Kattwinkel and Michelle Hayford, Palgrave Publishing, 2018, pp. 136-146.
- BOOK AND PLAY REVIEWS
- 2019 Sweigart-Gallagher, Angela. “Vermont Stage 2018-2019 Season,” New England Theatre Journal, in press.
- 2017 Sweigart-Gallagher, Angela. “A Review of Roe by Arena Stage, a co-production with Oregon Shakespeare,” PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research, vol. 1, no. 2, June 2017, Article 11. Submission was peer reviewed.
- 2013 Sweigart-Gallagher, Angela. “Brewed: A Performance Review.” Theatre Journal, vol. 65, no. 3, October 2013, pp. 418-420.
- 2013 Sweigart-Gallagher, Angela. “Staging the People: Community and Identity in the Federal Theatre Project” (Book Review). By Elizabeth A. Osborne. Theatre Journal, October 2013, vol. 65, no. 3, pp. 448-449.
- 2010 Sweigart-Gallagher, Angela. “Bluest Water: A Performance Review.” Theatre Journal vol. 62, no. 2, May 2010, pp. 298-301.
- OTHER COMPETITIVELY REVIEWED WRITING
- 2020 Sweigart-Gallagher, Angela and Kristin Hunt. "Sarah Kane's Blasted." How to Teach a Play: Essential Exercises for Popular Plays, edited by Miriam Chirico and Kelly Younger, Bloomsbury Methuen Publishers, forthcoming.
- 2019 Sweigart-Gallagher, Angela and Melissa C. Thompson. "Performance Materials: All Night Check," "21st-Century Shifts in Spectatorship and Audience Research," Performance Matters, vol. 5, no. 2, in press.
- GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
- 2019 Curriculum Development Grant, Sustainability Day, Associated Colleges, $300
- 2018 William B. Bradbury, Jr. Faculty Award, St. Lawrence University, $2000
- 2017 Faculty Research Fellowship Award, St. Lawrence University, $2000
- 2017 Crossing Boundaries Digital Initiatives Faculty Fellowship, Led by Dr. Judith DeGroat and Mr. Eric Williams-Bergen, St. Lawrence University, $1250
Regularly Taught Courses:
- PCA 107 Beginning Acting
- PCA 307 Characterization
- PCA 4031 Drama for Teaching and Learning
- PCA 4068 Political Theatre and Performance
- PCA 375 Theatre, Sustainability, and the Natural World
Sample Student Projects Supervised:
- 2019 Ursula Martin, Shedding Light on Shakespeare: An Environmental Analysis and Theatrical Design, SLU Fellowship
- 2018 Gabriella Gurney, “Eco-directing Dark Water,” Independent Study
- 2019 Sarah Dobrin, "Queer Theatre and Performance," Independent Study
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