Carolyn Anderson

M.A., University of Illinois

Courses taught:
Introduction to Theater
Special Studies in Theater History & Theory: Women in the American Theater
History of American Theater
Production Seminar
Directing for the Theater
Advanced Directing
LS 2 American Political and Radical Theater

Carolyn Anderson is a director and a playwright specializing in the Living Newspaper form of theater with her collaborator, Wilma Hall. Their plays have been performed at Actor’s Alley Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles, Arizona Theater’s Cabaret Theater, Theater of the First Amendment in Virginia, Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, Spa Little Theater at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, and other venues. Anderson and Hall’s noted play, FACES: A LIVING NEWSPAPER ON AIDS, has been produced by a variety of theaters and organizations around the country and was the subject of a documentary produced by PBS WMHT-TV and aired nationally. FOR BREAD AND FREEDOM, a Living Newspaper about work and labor in the United States, was staged for George Mason University’s Labor and Culture Conference by the Theater of the First Amendment and directed by Alma Becker.

At the Labor Heritage Foundation’s Great Labor Arts Exchange in 1996, Anderson was invited to lead a workshop and create a play using the Bread and Puppet Theater puppets. The result, THE SKY IS FALLING, is a piece about the plight of workers in a North Carolina poultry processing plant and was actually performed by workers at the strike site. Anderson has created three short plays on western landscape. TITANS IN THE EARTH is a one-act play concerning the Titan missiles that surrounded Tucson during the cold war, and GROUND ZERO, about the Mercury Test Site in Nevada and its impact on land and people, and THE LAST RIVER is a site-specific environmental theater piece written for the Southwest Center for Biological Diversity. Recently, Anderson and Hall participated in creating a film script for the National Park Service about the Saratoga Battlefield.

In addition to the variety of plays that Anderson has directed for Skidmore (including THREE SISTERS, THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE, EXECUTION OF JUSTICE, JACQAQUES BREL IS ALONE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS, OUR TOWN, ENDGAME, KRAPP’S LAST TAPE, SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY, THE MOUND BUILDERS, and most recently, THE LIFE OF GALILEO. She and Hall have completed two other full-length plays. PARTING KIND, about pioneer women making the overland crossing in the mid-1800s, has received staged readings by three professional play development groups (Merely Players, The Women’s Project and Productions, and Calliope Theater of Williamstown, MA) and PROVING GROUND, a full-length play about burial of nuclear waste on sacred land.

Anderson has been a consultant to the New York State Council on the Arts, the Alliance of New York State Arts Councils, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is an active member of Capital Repertory Theatre board of trustees, and a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Arizona Theatre Alliance.