Teaching Interests: Creative Non-Fiction; Travel Writing; Performance Theory and Practice; Ethnographic Methods; Testimony and Magical Realism
Mady Schutzman (Ph.D. Performance Studies, NYU) is a writer, scholar and theatre artist. She has published essays and performance texts in several journals including The Drama Review, Women and Performance, Theatre Topics, The Journal of Medical Humanities, American Communication Journal, Black Clock and Cargo, as well as in several critical anthologies. Her book The Real Thing: Performance, Hysteria, and Advertising (Wesleyan, 1999) is a feminist critique of the iconography of the female body in popular advertising. A renowned practitioner and scholar of the techniques of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed (TO), Schutzman is co-editor of Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism (Routledge, 1994) and A Boal Companion: Dialogues on Theatre and Cultural Politics (Routledge, 2006), and teaches the TO work at USC and Pacifica Graduate Institute, as well as at CalArts. She will be bringing her CalArts TO students to work with underprivileged youth in Santarém, Brazil, during the summer of 2012.
Schutzman has been a faculty advisor for MFA writers in CalArts’ Community Arts Partnership (CAP) since 1996. In collaboration with CAP, her play Upset! (written with the youth participants of Plaza de la Raza) received a Los Angeles Ovation Award in 2006 following its production at Plaza and REDCAT.
She recently completed (2013) a feature-length documentary essay film, Dear Comrade, inspired by one of California's most successful secular cooperative colonies, Llano del Rio. The film employs documentary conventions to tell the story of Llano, but also borrows heavily from Schutzman’s performance background: documentary subjects not only perform as themselves, but explicitly play and re-imagine themselves through improvisation and scripted scenes. Schutzman received a Dean’s Discretionary Fund Grant for Dear Comrade, which has screened in NYC and Los Angeles, and forthcoming in San Francisco.