Anne Basting coordinates Applied Theatre efforts in the department. With a PhD in Theatre Studies from University of Minnesota, Basting is both a creative artist and scholar. Her creative and scholarly work focus on bringing the transformative potential of theatre to health care settings, particularly through intergenerational efforts. She is the author of two books, including Forget Memory: Creating better lives for people with dementia (2009, Johns Hopkins UP), and dozens of articles and essays in a wide range of journals. Basting is the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Brookdale National Fellowship and numerous major grants for her scholarly and creative endeavors. She is currently at work on the Islands of Milwaukee, a collaboration with Sojourn Theatre that aims to bring creative engagement to older adults living alone, and to catalyze public conversations about creating a more connected community. Basting founded and continues to facilitate the Creative Trust, an alliance to foster life-long learning through the arts.