BiographyShannon Walsh is an Associate Professor of Theatre History at LSU where she also serves as Co-Head of the Ph.D. in Theatre. She received her M.A. from Florida State, and her PhD from the University of Minnesota. As a theatre practitioner she has worked as a dramaturg and a development manager. At LSU she teaches a broad range of classes from a 600 student Intro to Theatre for Non-Majors course, to the three career seminar classes theatre majors take throughout their trajectory through the school, to graduate student seminars in history and theory. She has published in Theatre Annual and Theatre Journal and is currently writing a book called Watch Whiteness Workout: Fitness, Gender, and Performance in the Progressive Era which examines how Reform Era efforts in the U.S. promoted repeated physical exercise as a way to shape women’s bodies and minds to be more maternally fit. She serves in an advisory capacity for student performance projects both for undergraduates and M.F.A. students. This past fall she helped initiate the work of the Baton Rouge Theatre Coalition, a small group of theatre arts leaders and teachers in town invested in thinking strategically about how to ensure the continued growth of theatre for social change in all our communities. The Coalition helped launch the local Ghostlight Project and is now fostering and promoting work by many artists in town, while also seeking out ways to strengthen the existing theatre ecosystem in Baton Rouge.