Marlboro theater professor Brenda Foley has already made a name for herself with her scholarship on performance, gender, and disability, most recently as the Carol L. Zicklin Endowed Chair at Brooklyn College from 2016 to 2018. But she is about to take her work on the international stage as the editor of the new Routledge Series in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Theatre and Performance.
“I’m honored that Routledge has asked me to be editor of this exciting new series, and look forward to encouraging and supporting the work of scholars and artists who have historically been underrepresented in theater and performance publishing,” said Brenda, who has been on the Marlboro faculty since 2007. Brenda’s current book project, A Legacy of Violence: Women, Mental Illness, and Performance (under contract with Routledge) explores the violence inherited from our asylum history in contemporary cultural representation of women and mental illness.
Routledge is a leading academic publisher in the humanities and social sciences, publishing thousands of books and journals each year for scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Their equity, diversity, and inclusion in performance book series is an interdisciplinary forum for exploring diverse identities, concepts, practices, and performers in response to an overwhelming call to action by participants in the field. Under Brenda’s erudite leadership, the series will address both past practice and current inequities, highlighting the ways in which the field of performance intersects with contemporary issues such as those reflected in #TimesUp, #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, and #CripTheVote.