Kathleen Juhl received her M.F.A. in Acting and Directing from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is Associate Professor of Theatre and former Chair of Feminist Studies at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Juhl was the Brown Distinguished Teaching Professor at Southwestern University, 2001-2004. She is the author of “Everyday Life Performance, ‘the Method,’ and the Acting Classroom” (Text and Performance Quarterly) and “Arts in London: The Intersection of Performance Studies and Intercultural Learning” (Theatre Topics). She is an actor, director, voice and movement specialist, and Alexander Technique teacher. She edited the Women and Theatre Program Newsletter from 1997-2003. She has recently directed and is touring to high schools As Seen on TV, a play about racism which she developed in collaboration with Norma Bowles and the Fringe Benefits Theatre Company.
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
PRAISE FOR RADICAL ACTS
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.