Lindsay Goss is a theater historian, performance theorist, and theater artist. Her work explores how popular discourses of authenticity and identity rely upon historical anxieties about the actor in proximity to politics, and how these anxieties shape the fields of theater history, activism, and contemporary performance. Her current manuscript focuses on the theatrical tactics civilians and soldiers deployed in building a GI movement against the Vietnam War (including the FTA, an anti-war variety show led by Jane Fonda) and argues for a reassessment of the role of performance and spectatorship in theorizing contemporary activist movements. Her scholarly work has appeared in TDR, Contemporary Theatre Review, Performance Research and Afterimage. As a director, actor and teaching artist, she has worked with companies in Minneapolis and St. Paul; New York; and Providence, Rhode Island. More recently, her devised work has appeared in Abu Dhabi and London. She directed the world premiere of Marisela Treviño Orta’s play Somewhere at Temple in the spring of 2020.
Lindsay earned her PhD in Theater and Performance Studies from Brown University and her BA in English Literature from Macalester College. lindsaygoss.com