Ph.D. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
M.A. University of Toronto
B. A. University of Rochester
My primary research interests include: community-based performance; politically engaged theatrical practices; feminist performance criticism; contemporary American female playwrights; documentary performance. My teaching interests also include: theatre history, acting, community-based theatre for social change, contemporary performance theory and practice, feminism and performance, 20th century political theatre, and Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed techniques.
At Davidson, I have directed: Waiting for Lefty, Goodnight Desdemona (Good morning Juliet), Diary of Anne Frank, Love of the Nightingale, The Jewish Wife, 9 Parts of Desire, and Sonia Flew. Most recently, I directed a production of IRL, by R.N. Sandberg, a play about cyberbullying, which toured to area middle and high schools. My practice-based research remains committed to exploring ways in which theatre and performance can participate in bullying prevention efforts at the middle and high school level.
My work has been published in Theatre, Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, Journal of Women's History, Arts in the Public Interest, Small Axe: A Journal of Criticism, American Theatre, Modern Drama, and Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. I have participated, as an actor, director and facilitator, in numerous community-based and forum theatre performances. I am also a founding member of the feminist theatre collective, Something Permanent, which produced original works performed in Toronto, London, and Edinburgh. I served as the conference planner for the Theatre and Social Change (TASC) focus group within the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) from 2000-2003, and continue to be a member of ATHE.