Rebecca Struch

Graduate Student

B.A. in Theatre Arts, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota; M.A. in Applied Theatre Arts, University of Southern California

Rebecca is a theatre artist, educator, and organizer with a commitment to community engagement through participatory practice. Her research focuses on the entanglements of settler colonialism, processes of racialization, and global capitalism within contemporary practices of socially engaged theatre and performance. Rebecca’s current project brings new southern studies and performance studies into productive dialogue in order to consider how performance contributes to the construction of a so-called New South, both on stage and in everyday life. Ongoing research interests include: Theatre of the Oppressed and popular performance, Black geographies and Black aesthetics, decoloniality, critical pedagogy, liberation psychology, and leftist social movements. In addition to her academic work, she developed a community based theatre program at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, trained M.F.A. acting students in citizen artistry, and serves on the board of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed. She has presented work at the American Society for Theatre Research, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, the annual conference of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, and the Earth Matters Onstage (EMOS) Symposium.