La Donna L. Forsgren

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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 Mid-America 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 TopicsTheatre History StudiesFrontiers: A Journal of Women StudiesCallaloo: 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, is forthcoming with Northwestern University Press (April 2018). She is currently working on her second book manuscript, Sistuhs in the Struggle: An Oral History of the Black Arts Movement.


Areas of specialization:  African American theatre and performance, dramaturgy, black feminist theories, Black nationalism


Select courses: Introduction to Theatre; Theatre, History, and Society II


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