Angela Farr Schiller
Angela M. Farr Schiller (Assistant Professor and Resident Dramaturge)
Ph.D. Theatre and Performance Studies, Stanford University
M. A. Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University B.A., Theatre, University of California, Santa Cruz
Areas of Emphasis: Critical Theory, Dramatic Literature, African American History and Performance, Performance Studies, Critical Race Studies, Sensorial Studies, Dramaturgy, Acting, Directing
Dr. Angela M. Farr Schiller received her B.A. in theatre from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she completed her final year of study at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She also studied at the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana and the University degli Studi di Siena, Italy. She received her Master's Degree from the department of Social and Cultural Analysis with an emphasis in Africana Studies from New York University, and completed her Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Schiller joined the faculty of KSU's Department of Theatre and Performance Studies as an assistant professor and resident dramaturge in fall 2015.
As an artist, Angela works professionally as a performer, director, and dramaturge. She co-wrote and directed an original work, The Knot, in collaboration with Dr. Lindsey Mantoan. She has appeared onstage with the Emmy Award-winning Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Programs, the National Dance Company of Ghana, the Tony Award winning Old Globe Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse, and toured with Stanford Repertory Theatre's production of The Wanderings of Odysseus in Athens, Greece. As a dramaturge, she has worked on productions of The Color Purple, Hairspray, and Cabaret and the development of new works including, Higher Ground, Elephant, and The Jasper Ridge Project. Most recently, Angela directed Lydia R. Diamond's adaptation of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, and Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger's Dreamgirls. Her production of Dreamgirls was nominated for eight (San Francisco) Theatre Bay Area Awards including Outstanding Direction of a Musical and Outstanding Production of a Musical.
As a scholar, Dr. Schiller has presented her research on the intersections of touch, race, and performance at various conferences, including Performance Studies International (PSi), and the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). She is a member of Performance Studies International (PSi), The American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), American Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Her dissertation The Choreography of Jim Crow: Race, Performance, and the Politics of Touch was awarded a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship. Her areas of research include Performance Studies, 20th century African American History and Performance, Critical Race Theory, Dramatic Literature, Sensorial Studies, and 20th and 21st Century American Drama.
As an artist-scholar, Dr. Schiller's work is about revealing the ways that performance can be utilized as a meaningful tool of social engagement and compassion about what it means to be human.