Associate Prof., Playwriting
Director, Center on Age and Community
PhD (Theatre Arts) University of Minnesota
Anne Basting coordinates the Playwriting and Applied Theatre efforts in the department. With a PhD in Theatre Studies from University of Minnesota, Basting is both a creative artist (writing and producing applied theatre projects) and scholar. Her creative and scholarly work focus on bringing the transformative potential of theatre to health care settings, particularly to frail elders living in long term care. 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 Penelope Project, a collaboration with Sojourn Theatre, Luther Manor Health Center, and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. Basting is also the Director of UWM's Center on Age & Community, in which she links students and scholars with those in the community to improve the lives of older adults.