Native Studies Research Colloquium: Theresa May, “Native Theater/Drama and Environmental Justice”

November 10, 2014
12:00 pmto1:30 pm
Theresa May

Theresa May

Many Nations Longhouse
1630 Columbia St.
UO campus
Free & open to the public
(Bring Your Own Lunch)

“Native Theater/Drama and Environmental Justice”

a talk by Dr. Theresa May, associate professor, UO Department of Theatre Arts

Professor Theresa May’s research and creative work draws connections between theatre and performance, community and environmental justice. Her recent book, Salmon is Everything: Community-based Theatre from the Klamath Watershed, is part of the First Peoples Series of Oregon State University Press (2014), and includes essays by Klamath, Yurok and Karuk collaborators about the process of developing a play documenting the salmon crisis on the Klamath River. The play was produced at UO in 2011.

SalmonIsEverything-COVER_WEBMay also directed the first US production of Burning Vision by First Nations playwright Marie Clements, which traces the mining of uranium on Dene land. In 2014-15 she will direct Sila, by Chantal Bilodeou, which focuses on the impact of climate change on Inuit communities.

Other publications include: Readings in Performance and Ecology (Palgrave 2012), “Beyond Bambi: Towards a Dangerous Ecocriticism in Theatre Studies” (Theatre Topics), and articles in Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre Topics, On Stage Studies, American Drama, and Canadian Theatre Review.  She teaches acting, Native drama, Latino/a drama, and courses in theatre and social change.

Theresa May is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Women in Society.