"Crosstalk" Faculty Book Reading
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
At the Fine Arts Library ,
The Fine Arts Library is hosting a twist on the familiar faculty book reading with six recently published faculty authors from the College of Fine Arts.
Highlighting the prolific faculty of the Department of Theatre & Dance, “Crosstalk” features six authors at various points in their careers, reading from one another’s recent books to place them in context of the field of theatre/dance/performance studies. The format is expected to open some interesting dialogue between professional colleagues who have intersecting interests, knowledge and experiences.
The discussion will be facilitated by Laura Gutierrez of the Department of Theatre & Dance, and features faculty members Megan Alrutz, Paul Bonin Rodriguez, Charlotte Canning, Katie Dawson, Omi Jones and Rebecca Rossen. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A period from attendees, and a reception will close the event.
Laura Gutíerrez, Moderator. Laura G. Gutiérrez (PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a performance and visual culture studies scholar. Her primary research and teaching areas of interest are Latin American, Mexican and Latina/o embodied practices, gender and sexuality, and questions of nation, modernity and the transnational. She holds affiliate appointments in the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. Gutiérrez is the author of Performing Mexicanidad: Vendidas y Cabareteras on the Transnational Stage (U Texas P, 2010), which won The Ninth Annual MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies.
Megan Alrutz, “Digital Storytelling, Applied Theatre, & Youth: Performing Possibility” (Routledge, 2015). Dr. Megan Alrutz joined the University of Texas at Austin as an assistant professor of applied theatre and community cultural engagement in 2009. Dr. Alrutz earned a Ph.D. in Theatre (with an emphasis in Theatre for Youth) from Arizona State University, and a B.A. in Theatre from Rutgers University. Her creative and scholarly interests focus on applied theatre, digital storytelling, and theatre for young audiences. She works nationally as a facilitator of professional development in drama-based pedagogy and practice, as well as arts and technology integration. She is also a professional director and dramaturg.
Paul Bonin Rodriguez, “Performing Policy: How Contemporary Politics and Cultural Programs Redefined U.S. Artists for the Twenty-First Century” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Paul Bonin-Rodriguez is a writer-performer whose scholarship assesses the origins and effects of contemporary arts and culture policies and programs, with a special focus on queer performance and performances by people of color. Drawing on his own career as an artist and arts administrator, following closely cultural policy developments, and working between the academy and the field of artistic practice, Dr. Bonin-Rodriguez creates new ways of framing and teaching artistic practice and sustainability in all cultural sectors.
Charlotte Canning, “On the Performance Front: US Theatre and Internationalism” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Dr. Canning received her doctorate from the University of Washington. She teaches theatre/performance history and historiography, as well as feminist performance theory. Additionally, she heads the Performance as Public Practice MA/MFA/PhD Programs in the department and is the Head of the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism. She serves as the Associate Chair for the Performance Studies and Pedagogy division of the department and is an affiliate faculty member in the Departments of American Studies, African and African Diaspora Studies, and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.
Katie Dawson, “The Reflexive Teaching Artist: Collected Wisdom from the Drama/Theatre Field” (University of Chicago Press/Intellect, 2014). Katie Dawson is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin and serves as director of the Drama for Schools program. Her areas of research include arts integration, drama-based instruction, community-engaged outreach programs, museum theatre, and teaching artist pedagogy and practice. Katie is a former classroom teacher and coordinator of the Science Comes Alive interactive theatre program at the California Science Center. She spent over twenty-five years facilitating arts integration lessons in schools in Ohio, Chicago, Montana, California, Texas, Washington D.C., and the northern interior of Alaska.
Omi Jones, “Theatrical Jazz: Performance, Àṣẹ and the Power of the Present Moment” (The Ohio State University Press, 2015). Joni L. Jones/Omi Osun Olomo (Ph.D., New York University) specializes in performance scholarship that focuses on identity, ethnography, Yoruba-based performance aesthetics, Black Feminisms and Theatre for Social Change. She teaches undergraduate courses in African-American theatre history and the performance of race. At the graduate level she teaches performance ethnography, performing Black Feminisms, Yoruba performance, and performance and activism.
Rebecca Rossen, “Dancing Jewish: Jewish Identity in American Modern and Postmodern Dance” (Oxford University Press, 2014). Rebecca Rossen (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is a dance historian, performance scholar and choreographer whose research interests include modern and postmodern dance, staging of identity in physical performance, and the relationship between research and practice. She teaches courses in dance history as well as undergraduate and graduate seminars that focus on identity in dance and interdisciplinary performance. Professor Rossen is a faculty affiliate in the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, and the American Studies Department. She is also the director of the editorial board of the Society of Dance History Scholars.