Lindsay Goss is a theater historian, performance theorist, and theater artist whose research interests include theories of theatricality and violence, activism and affect, and the place of cultural production in political movements. With a focus on the political and performance practices from the 1960s to the present primarily in the US, Europe, and Iran, her work explores how popular and state-driven discourses of authenticity, legitimacy, and identity rely upon historical anxieties about the actor and theatricality. Her current manuscript, titled Tactical Acting, examines the history, impact, and erasure of the FTA, an antiwar variety show organized by Jane Fonda that toured to tens of thousands of active-duty soldiers, sailors, and airmen in 1971. Her work has appeared in Contemporary Theatre Review, Performance Research, and Afterimage, and a report on L’Amicale de Production’s Germinal is forthcoming in TDR.
Lindsay earned her PhD in Theater and Performance Studies from Brown University and her BA in English Literature from Macalester College. As a director, actor, and teaching artist, she has worked with companies in Minneapolis and St. Paul, New York, and Providence, Rhode Island. Since 2013 she has been collaborating with Nick Ridout (Queen Mary University of London) in the development of new work for the stage. She has previously taught at the City College of New York and New York University Abu Dhabi.