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 am also working on 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 2014. This paper titled "Don't Go in the Worknest!: Responding to Rules and Rule Breaking in Two Wings" uses with 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 parenting approaches such as "Love and Logic," 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. We continue to create work that explores different aspects of
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 presented our most recent incarnation of this piece at the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival. We also presented a version of this piece at Toronto's Festival of Original Theatre in February 2016. I am working with my collaborator to write about the experience of creating a piece that hinges on audience "disappointment" for the 2016 ASTR conference, also in Minneapolis, MN.
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:
Presentations, Exhibitions, Performances and Published Work:
- Nationalism and Youth in Theatre and Performance, Co-Editor and Contributor, New York: Routledge, 2014
- 'Poor Piper': Academic Performances and Maternal Interruptions Made Public," Performance Research, vol. 22, no. 5, 2017, pp. 102-104.
- “ The Location’s the Thing: Endstation Theatre Company and Dramaturgies of Place,” Theatre Topics 25.1 (2015): 25-35.
- “ Playing Patriots: The Role(s) of Child Protestors in the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party Movements,” Youth Theatre Journal 28.1 (2014): 74-86.
- “ John Hunter Booth’s Created Equal: A Federal Theatre Model for Patriotism.” The Journal of American Drama and Theatre 24.2 (Spring 2012): 67-88.
- “ The Promise of Democracy: Imagining National Community in Paul Green’s The Lost Colony." Theatre Symposium 17 (2009): 97-112.
- All Night Check, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Minneapolis, MN, August 2016
- All Night Check, Festival of Original Theatre, Toronto, Canada, February 2016
- WUP Concierge Desk, PerformASTR’13, American Society for Theatre Research, Dallas, TX, 2013
- 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, Director and Playwright, The Wandering Uterus Project, 2012-2013
Regularly Taught Courses:
- PCA 107 Beginning Acting
- PCA 307 Characterization
- PCA 4031 Drama for Teaching and Learning
- PCA 4068 Political Theatre and Performance
- Intersection of politics and performance, Representations of American national identity in theatre and performance, Performances that address women’s reproductive rights, Federal Theatre Project