Ann Elizabeth Armstrong
Ann Elizabeth Armstrong holds an M.F.A. in Directing and a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Miami University in Oxford, OH, where she co-directs the “Finding Freedom Summer” project. She has trained and collaborated with theatre companies such as Split Britches, Fringe Benefits, Los Angeles Poverty Department, and Community Performance, Inc., and she has published articles such as “Building Coalitional Spaces in Lois Weaver’s Performance Pedagogy” and “Paradoxes in Community Based Pedagogy,” both in Theatre Topics. Her article “Negotiating Feminist Identities and Theatre of the Oppressed” appears in A Boal Companion (Routledge, 2006). Armstrong is currently developing a play about Freedom Summer 1964 with playwright Carlyle Brown.
Edited by Ann Elizabeth Armstrong and Kathleen Juhl
Radical Acts is an innovative compilation of essays and interviews about how feminist approaches to teaching theatre challenge and engage students, teachers, and audiences alike. Contributors include theatre practitioners working in a wide variety of settings and with diverse social groups, offering inspiring accounts of how to create a more inclusive, reflexive, and liberating theatre education.
PRAISE FOR RADICAL ACTS
Challenging feminists and theater practitioners, in and out of the academy, this impressive collection engages a fundamental component of all social justice movements: the body and its unconscious habits. The wide range of voices awaken the possibilities for radical democracy that emerge when feminism, critical pedagogy, and theater come together. It offers new and fresh alternatives to anyone engaged with reframing body politics.
— Shannon Winnubst, author of Queering Freedom
Radical Acts is a collection of essays on how teaching theatre can help our students make a dynamic connection between art and activism. It is a book for this century, creating a bridge between feminist theory of the late twentieth century, and the issues of gender injustice, racial inequality and global crisis that still haunt us today.
— Ellen Donkin, author of Upstaging Big Daddy: Directing As if Race and Gender Matter