Transform or Else: Manifesting Theories of Change in Performance of the Americas

Conveners: Tamara Underiner and Stephani Etheridge Woodson

Most scholarly, artistic and activist practice around performance in the hemisphere takes some notion of change—social, political, artistic—as its prerogative, if not imperative. And yet, unless working specifically within a Boalian framework, the underlying theory of change operative in the work is often not explicit. This working group is designed to bring scholars, artists, and activists together to make manifest the notion of change itself in our respective arenas.


Tamara Underiner is Associate Dean for Research at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU, and director of the Ph.D. program in Theatre and Performance of the Americas. She authored Contemporary Theatre in Mayan Mexico: Death-Defying Acts (UT Press, 2004), and has published on indigenous and Latina/o theatre and critical pedagogy.

Stephani Etheridge Woodson, Ph.D., is associate professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University, and directs the Theatre for Youth M.F.A. and Ph.D. Programs. Her research/creative interests focus on the social construction of childhood, representational ethics, children's media, and community cultural development.


Enza Giannone
Heather Davis
Julia Ruiz Di Giovanni
Lisa Jackson-Schebetta
Margaret Lebron
Natalie Goodnow
Salma Meddeb