Angela Ahlgren

Courses Taught :

  • THFM 7670 Staging Race in the 19th-21st Centuries
  • THFM 6590: Research Methods in Theater and Performance Studies
  • THFM 7660: Marlowe in Performance
  • THFM 6630: Introduction to Performance Studies
  • THFM 3470: Theater History, Origins-1700
  • THFM 3480: Theater History, 1700-Present
  • THFM 6680: Queer Performance and Theory
  • THFM 6700: Women and Performance in the Americas
  • THFM 6630: Mourning and Performance
  • THFM 6600: Theater and Performance in Cultural Contexts, Origins-1700
  • THFM 6610: Theater and Performance in Cultural Contexts, 1700-Present
  • THFM 1410: The Theatre Experience
  • MUCT 3950: Workshop (Taiko Ensemble) in the College of Musical Arts (no longer offered)

She also teaches MUCT 3950: Workshop (Taiko Ensemble) in the College of Musical Arts.

Dr. Ahlgren teaches Theater History and Performance Studies in the undergraduate and graduate programs in Theatre and Film, and serves as Graduate Coordinator for the department, as well as Affiliated Faculty in American Culture Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her areas of interest include twentieth and twenty-first century Asian American Theater and Performance; Critical Dance Studies; Queer and Feminist Theater and Performance; and the politics of mourning.

She is the author of Drumming Asian America: Taiko, Performance and Cultural Politics (Oxford, 2018), which focuses on the racial, gender, and myriad other cultural politics woven into the practice and performance of taiko (Japanese ensemble drumming) in the US and Canada. Her essays appear in Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance, edited by Yutian Wong (University of Wisconsin Press, 2016); Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and CultureQueer Dance: Meanings and Makings, edited by Clare Croft (Oxford, 2017); and Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (March 2011). One current research project focuses on Asian aesthetics and racial politics in modern and postmodern American dance from the 1960s to the 2010s; another is an ethnographic study of stage management, gender, and invisible labor.

Dr. Ahlgren is Book Review Editor for the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (JDTC) and the VP of Awards for the Dance Studies Association (DSA).

Before joining the BGSU faculty, Angela held faculty positions at Texas A&M University and Ohio University. She earned her PhD in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin.


PhD, Performance as Public Practice, University of Texas at Austin, 2011.

MA, English Literature, University of Minnesota, 2005.

BA, Theater Arts and English, Augsburg College, 1998.


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