La Donna L. Forsgren

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Ph.D., Northwestern University
M.A., Brigham Young University
B.A., Western Oregon University

Phone: 574-631-7171

Areas of specialization:  African American theatre and performance, feminist theories, dramaturgy, Black liberation struggle

Classes: Collaboration; World Stages II; Performing Blackness: from Othello to Jay-Z; African American Musicals in Theatre, Film, and Television

La Donna L. Forsgren is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre; concurrent faculty in the Gender Studies Program; and affiliate faculty in the Department of Africana Studies. She currently serves as Vice President/Conference Planner for the Mid-America Theatre Conference. Her first book, In Search of Our Warrior Mothers: Women Dramatists of the Black Arts Movement, investigates the works and careers of Martie Evans-Charles, J.e. Franklin, Sonia Sanchez, and Barbara Ann Teer (Northwestern University Press 2018). Her second book, Sistuhs in the Struggle: An Oral History of the Black Arts Movement Theatre and Performance (Northwestern University Press 2020) explores the art and activism of pioneering black women intellectuals of the 1960-1970s. She has contributed articles in journals such as Theatre Survey, Theatre Topics, Continuum, and Callaloo, as well as book chapters in The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance (Routledge, 2019), Teaching Critical Performance Theory in Today’s Theatre Classroom, Studio, and Communities (Routledge, 2020), The Great North American Stage Directors (Bloomsbury Methuen, forthcoming), and Women’s Theatre Theory and Dramatic Criticism (Routledge, forthcoming). Her current book project explores queer black feminist spectatorship in contemporary musical theatre. 

Fun Facts: La Donna can (mostly) recite the rap from the pop song "Slam Dunk (Da Funk)," is a certified crafting diva, and a crime show enthusiast.

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