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Angela Ahlgren

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater History

013 Kantner Hall

Angela Ahlgren

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater History

Dr. Ahlgren teaches courses in Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, and Performance Studies, and her areas of interest include Asian American theatre, queer and feminist performance, and critical dance studies. She is at work on a book manuscript, Drumming Asian America: Taiko in Practice and Performance, which focuses on race, gender, and sexuality in U.S. and Canadian taiko drum performance. She is the author of "Christopher Marlowe's 'Unholy Fascination': Performing Queer Edward II in the 1990s," which appears in the Spring 2011 issue of the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Dr. Ahlgren earned a PhD in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas, and a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Minnesota. She performed with the Minneapolis-based taiko group, Mu Daiko, from 1999-2007. After receiving her B.A. in Theater Arts and English from Augsburg College, she worked as a stage manager, dramaturg, and administrative staff for Mu Performing Arts and other companies in Minneapolis.


Classes Being Taught:


Theater History I

Theater History II

Asian American Theatre (Fall 2011)

Theorizing World Performance (Winter 2012)

Queer Acts: Performance and Sexuality in Contemporary U.S. Culture (Spring 2012)

Christopher Marlowe in Early Modern and Contemporary Performance (Fall 2012)

Writing About Performance (forthcoming, Spring 2013)