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E.J. Westlake

Professor of Theatre (Theatre Studies)
Office: 2433 Walgreen

E.J. Westlake is the author of Our Land is Made of Courage and Glory: Nationalist Performance in Nicaragua and Guatemala (2005, SIU Press) and co-editor of Political Performances: Theory and Practice (2009, Rodopi). She is working on a book-length study and new translation of El Güegüence, the national dance drama of Nicaragua. Her research focuses on performance in the Americas, including: nationalist drama, public art, community-based theatre, pedagogy, and the interplay between public identity, political discourse, and performance narrative. Westlake's articles have appeared in Latin American Theatre Review, Theatre InSight. TDR, and Youth Theatre Journal. Chapters have appeared in Lengel and Warren's Casting Gender (2005, Peter Lang), Bial and Magelssen's Theatre Historiography: Critical Questions (2010, U of M Press), and Haedicke and Nellhaus' Performing Democracy (2001, U of M Press). She volunteers her services as peer reviewer for Modern Drama and serves on the editorial board of Youth Theatre Journal. She is also the book review editor for Theatre Annual.

Dr. Westlake has taught performance theory, theatre history, dramatic literature, playwriting, directing, acting, theatre pedagogy, and cultural anthropology. She serves as the advisor for the Bachelor of Theatre Arts program and has a courtesy appointment with the Department of English Languages and Literature. She is affiliated with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Center for World Performance Studies. Westlake is a Fulbright grantee for the 2011-12 year.

Westlake cofounded and managed Stark Raving Theatre in Portland, Oregon. She worked in Portland as a director and playwright and won the Oregon Book Award in 1992 for her play A.E.: The Disappearance and Death of Amelia Earhart. She continues to write and adapt plays, including plays for young performers.

She enjoys attending parades, festivals, memorials, baseball games, and other performative events.



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