Assistant Professor of Theatre History & Wannabe Warrior, Louisiana State University
in Baton Rouge
Shannon Walsh is an Assistant Professor of Theatre History at LSU where she also serves as Co-Head of the PhD in Theatre. She received her MA from Florida State, and her PhD from the University of Minnesota. As a theatre practitioner she has worked as a dramaturg and a development manager. At LSU she teaches a broad range of classes from a 600 student Intro to Theatre for Non-Majors course, to career seminar classes for theatre majors, to graduate seminars in history and theory. She is currently writing a book called Watch Whiteness Workout: Fitness, Gender, and Performance in the Progressive Era which examines how Reform Era efforts in the U.S. promoted repeated physical exercise as a way to shape women’s bodies and minds to be more maternally fit. She serves in an advisory capacity for student performance projects both for undergraduates and MFA students. This past fall she helped initiate the work of the Baton Rouge Theatre Coalition, a small group of theatre arts leaders and teachers in town invested in thinking strategically about how to ensure the continued growth of theatre for social change in all our communities. The Coalition helped launch the local Ghostlight Project and is now fostering and promoting work by many artists in town, while also seeking out ways to strengthen the existing theatre ecosystem in Baton Rouge.
CrossFit and Feminist?: CrossFit as Performance
BY SHANNON WALSH
@ VOL 4
ON MAR 31, 2017
Shannon Walsh is a fitness-averse performance scholar and wannabe woman warrior. This year, on a whim, she took a 6-week “best self challenge” CrossFit course at a local gym. What she discovered changed the way she saw herself, her relationship to the world, and the way she sees theatre.