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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, performance, & film 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. She is currently working on a book on stagings of the Afrikaner in theatrical and public life, a study of the manner in which Afrikaner whiteness, masculinity, and national identity are staged and enacted before and during the apartheid era and within contemporary, democratic South Africa. Dr. Lewis is also co-editing Magnet Theatre: Three Decades of Making Space, a collection of essays and interviews about Cape Town-based Magnet Theatre's 25 years of theatremaking in South Africa with Anton Krueger at Rhodes University. It is due out in early 2016 from Intellect Books and UNISA (Univ of South Africa). Her manuscript A Whitely Nation: Performing and Reforming the Afrikaner in South African Theatrical and Public Life is currently in peer review and will be published in 2016 by the University of Iowa Press.

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 change. Her teaching passions include African film, the politics of performance, non-Western performance traditions, performance of race (particularly whiteness), and genderplay.

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.

She taught theatre, media, and film courses at the University of Minnesota (2006-2011) before joining the faculty at UMass Amherst. Lewis balances her scholarly life with a professional career as a documentary filmmaker, videographer, producer, and director.

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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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