La Donna L. Forsgren
La Donna L. Forsgren is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre. Prior to joining the faculty at Notre Dame, she taught theatre history, playwriting, and dramaturgy at the University of Oregon and Miami University. She has received numerous awards and competitive grants for her research on the Black Arts Movement, including the MidAmerica Theatre Conference’s Robert A. Schanke Theatre Research Award (2016), University of Oregon Humanities and Creative Arts Grant (2014), and Consortium for Faculty Diversity at Liberal Arts Colleges Dissertation Fellowship (2011). Her research has appeared in Theatre Topics, Theatre History Studies, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, and New England Theatre Journal. Her first book, In Search of Our Warrior Mothers: Women Dramatists of the Black Arts Movement (2018), examines the careers and dramas of J.e. Franklin, Martie Evans-Charles, Sonia Sanchez, and Barbara Ann Teer. She is currently working on her second book manuscript, Sistuhs in the Struggle: An Oral History of the Black Arts Movement Theatre and Performance.
Areas of specialization: African American theatre and performance, dramaturgy, black feminist theories, Black nationalism
Select courses: Performing Blackness; Theatre, History, and Society II; African American Musicals in Theatre, Film, and Television