Drama. Native American Studies. Edited by Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, Kelli Lyon Johnson, and William A. Wortman. Based on the rich results of a 2007 conference at MiamiUniversity, this volume brings together some of the mostprominent voices in Native North American theater. Subdividedinto four thematic sections, it skillfully combines plays, interviews,surveys, critical analyses, poetic responses and essays into atruly communal approach to contemporary indigenousperformance. Artists such as Spiderwoman Theater, MoniqueMojica, and JudyLee Oliva enter into dialogues with some of themost prominent critics of Native theater, including Ric Knowles,Ann Haugo and Christy Stanlake. In line with the Native AmericanWomen Playwrights Archive's mission "to collect, preserve, andmake more widely known the work of living Native Americanwomen playwrights, with `American' including Canada, Mexico,Central and Caribbean, and Pacific Islands," the works collectedhere clearly reflect the diversity of the Americas' oldest and mostinnovatively changing form of artistic expression: From the poetic-narrative style of Diane Glancy's approach to the Trail of Tears toMurielle Borst's lecture on Spiderwoman Theater's legacy, thisvolume presents both the originality and the interconnectednessof contemporary Native Women's theater."PERFORMING WORLDS INTO BEING is a rich, diverse, and indispensable contribution to the fields of Native Studies and American theater. It brings together some of the most prominent voices in Native North American theater through plays, interviews, surveys, critical analyses, poetic responses and essays. It is a truly communal celebration of contemporary indigenous performance"--Dr. Birgit Daewes.
Megan Burnett @ Native American Book Reviews
Ann Elizabeth Armstrong is Associate Professor of Theatre at Miami University. Besides having directed Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl's "Conversion of Ka'ahumanu," Ms. Armstrong co-directs "Finding Freedom Summer Project" about Freedom Summer 1964, has co- edited RADICAL ACTS: THEATRE AND FEMINIST PEDAGOGIES OF CHANGE (Aunt Lute 2007), and has published on community theater, performance studies, and feminist theater. Kelli Lyon Johnson is Associate Professor of English at Miami University. She is the author of Julia Alvarez: Writing a New Place on the Map (University of New Mexico Press 2005), and has also published on Native and Latina women writers. William A. Wortman is Humanities Librarian Emeritus and director of the Native American Women Playwrights Archive at Miami University. He has published on bibliography, librarianship, research methods, Walt Whitman, and Henry James.Author City: OXFORD, OH USA