Tamara Underiner

March 5, 2016, 10:30 – 11:45 am, Issues and Insights 1: Gaps and Inequality in Expressive Life (Concurrent Session)

Tamara Underiner is Associate Dean for Research at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.  She directs the Ph.D. concentration in Theatre and Performance of the Americas; and teaches in the areas of theatre history and culture studies; and loves to attend the great events produced by the Performance in the Borderlands series of theatre performances, lectures and workshops. Her current research interests focus on the intersection of arts and cultural wellbeing, broadly defined.  She is a founding member of CENAS (Cultural Engagements in Nutrition, Arts and Science), a transdisciplinary working group of scholars and artists who is developing, implementing and evaluating innovative approaches to community and individual wellness, with arts practices at its center. She is the author of Contemporary Theatre in Mayan Mexico: Death-Defying Acts (University of Texas Press, 2004), and has published on indigenous and Latina/o theatre and critical pedagogy in Theatre Journal, Signs, Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance, TDR, and critical anthologies from the University of Arizona, Routledge, SUNY and McFarland Presses.