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 her first 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.
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 and Text & Performance and currently has articles under review in 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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