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Megan Lewis
Assistant Professor, Theater History & Criticism
BA Kenyon College
MA Johns Hopkins University
PhD University of Minnesota


Dr. Megan Lewis is a South African-American theatre historian and performance scholar concerned with the staging of national identity, gender, and race in a variety of performance media---including monuments and public pageants, traditional staged texts, and documentary and narrative films. Dr. Lewis currently has two books in the works: Her monograph about the intersections of whiteness, masculinity, national identity, and performance in South Africa, Performing Whitely in the Postcolony, is due out in 2016 from the University of Iowa Press. Magnet Theatre: Three Decades of Making Space, a collection of essays and interviews about Cape Town-based Magnet Theatre, co-edited with Anton Krueger at Rhodes University, is due out in 2016 from Intellect Books and UNISA (University of South Africa). Lewis has published on South African performance in Theatre Journal, Performing Arts Journal, Text & Performance, Theatre Topics, and The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Lewis taught theatre, media, and film courses at the University of Minnesota (2006-2011) before joining the faculty at UMass Amherst in 2011.

Prof. Lewis is a multidisciplinary educator with a passion for inspiring intellectual curiosity and advocating for the performing arts as a powerful force for social activation and change. Her teaching passions include African theatre and film, the politics of performance, non-Western performance traditions, and the performance of gender (masculinity) and race (whiteness) in South Africa. In 2015, Dr. Lewis received a Distinguished Teacher Award for her passionate work and politics in the classroom. Every summer, Prof Lewis leads students on an intensive study abroad program, called Arts & Culture in South Africa, focused around the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. And she is currently the Graduate Program Director for the Department of Theater at UMass.

She balances her scholarly life with a professional career as a documentary filmmaker and editor, and voiceover talent.

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About Prof. Lewis' Grahamstown course

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Articles by Dr. Lewis

An article about Dr. Lewis' work for Research Next

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A video piece about Dr. Lewis' work for Research Next


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