Anne Basting focuses her teaching and creative research on community-engaged performance. With a PhD in Theatre Studies from University of Minnesota, Basting is both a creative artist and scholar. She is the author of three 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. Her most recent book, The Penelope Project (co-edited with Maureen Towey and Ellie Nocun), is due out in May from University of Iowa Press. Basting is the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Brookdale National Fellowship and numerous major grants for her scholarly and creative endeavors. She speaks internationally on the integration of the arts into aging services and long-term care. Her creative work includes TimeSlips Creative Storytelling, The Penelope Project, the Islands of Milwaukee, The Crossings, and Slightly Bigger Women, which she co-wrote and directed in 2015. Basting founded and continues to facilitate the Creative Trust, an alliance to foster life-long learning through the arts. She is currently coordinating the Creative Trust's Student Artist in Residence Program, which brings 8 Peck School of the Arts students into care communities and aging services programs across Milwaukee. The SAIR program is funded by a generous grant from the Helen Daniels Bader Fund.
Classes taught: Performing Community (learn to design, fund and produce your own community-engaged arts project); Storytelling: for Health (learn to facilitate and tell stories that contribute to well-being); and Play Analysis (learn to get excited by tackling the question - what does this play mean?).