theatre artist, scholar, educator
Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it - Augusto Boal
Jodi Kanter is a theatre artist, scholar, and educator living and working in the Washington D.C. area.
As a theatre artist, her current focus is on directing and writing (though she studied acting for many years, teaches acting and has acted professionally). Her directing projects range from original “devised” theatre events aimed at fostering change in communities to traditional play productions. As a writer, she has adapted non-fiction, fiction, and poetry to the stage, as well as developing original scripts for cultural events including audio tours and national celebrations.
Her research explores the use of theatrical, literary, and everyday life performances as models for strengthening both local and national communities. In her book and in two articles published in refereed journals, Theatre Annual and Women and Language, she has suggested ways of looking to theatrical, literary, and everyday life performances for models of how to respond to death and dying. An article in a third journal, Cultural Studies < -- > Critical Methodologies describes and analyzes her work using performance as part of a rehabilitation program for inmates at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners. Her most recent article, published in Text and Performance Quarterly, explores the ethical implications of performing both texts and living histories.
As an educator, Kanter is committed to deepening her students’ engagement with both their classroom work and the community in which they live. She served on the faculty of Missouri State University for five years, during which time she won awards for teaching as well as research and service. At MSU, she taught Introduction to Performance Studies, Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Adaptation and Performance of Literature and Solo Performance. She also engaged students in a variety of projects based on theatre for social change. Currently, as Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance at George Washington University, she teaches Acting and Directing.