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Mady Schutzman



Phone: 661.255.1050 x2028

Fax: 661.255.0177

Room: E123A

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, theatre artist, and filmmaker.  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 at USC and Pacifica Graduate Institute, as well as at CalArts.

Schutzman was a faculty advisor for MFA writers in CalArts’ Community Arts Partnership (CAP) from 1996-2012.  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.  

In 2013, she completed 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.  Dear Comrade, has screened throughout the US, Canada, and most recently South Africa.  She is currently working on two collaborative projects: one, with Adele Horne on her documentary about housing and home, and another with residents of The Living Museum, a facility for adults with mental illness, on a performance entitled Between Misery and the Sun.

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