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Mimi Kammer

Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts | Associate Professor of Theatre | Women’s and Gender Studies Faculty

Biography

Mimi Kammer arrived at Simpson College in the fall of 2013. She teaches literature, history, and directing classes, and directs one production each year. Plays directed for Simpson College include The Women of Lockerbie, Marisol, Pericles, Playhouse Creatures, and The Bald Soprano. She also teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies program and frequently assist students with their writing and research projects for the annual Research and Creativity Symposium, which she co-chairs. Actively involved in theatre and dance since the age of three, Mimi has taught and performed in America and abroad in Italy, Germany, and St.Kitts/Nevis. She has also presented research in national and international conferences in the U.S., Denmark, South Africa and Canada. A former actor, her favorite roles include Agnes in Agnes of God, Phebe in As You Like It, Cordelia in King Lear, and Portia in Merchant of Venice. She is originally from eastern Pennsylvania and currently resides in West Des Moines.

Expertise

  • Theatre History and Dramatic Literature
  • Critical and Cultural Theory
  • Ecodrama and Environmental Arts
  • Directing

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow – The Lincoln Center Theatre: Directors Lab North 2018
  • Fellow - National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH):
  • “Extending the Land Ethic” 2016
  • Fellow - National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH):
  • “Roman Comedy in Performance” 2012   

Credentials

  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 2011
  • M.A., Humboldt State University, 2005
  • B.A., King’s College, 2000

Publications

  • “Breaking the Bounds of Domesticity:  Women in Nature-Space in Love’s Labor’s Lost Forthcoming in Shakespeare Bulletin, 36.3 (2018)
  • “Shakespeare as Ecodrama:  Ecofeminism and Nonduality in Pericles, Prince of Tyre The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, 32.1 (2017) 29-48.
  • “La ‘Jarana’ de Coca-Cola in the Mexican Yucatan” Theatre Annual:  A Journal of Theatre and Performance of the Americas, 69 (2016) 47-62.
  • "Reflections on the 2012 Institute on Roman Comedy and Performance:  Revising the Procedures of the National Endowment for the Humanities through Theatre Production as Research and Pedagogy" Theatre/Practice, 4 (2015).
  • “Romanization, Rebellion and the Theatre of Ancient Palestine” Ecumenica, 3.1 (2010) 7-23.
  • “Eco-Epic Theatre:  Materiality, Ecology, and the Mainstream” Journal of American Drama and Theatre, 21.1 (2009) 49-64.

Book Reviews

  • Salmon is Everything: Community-Based Theatre in the Klamath Watershed by Theresa May”                            Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, 30.1 (2016) 111-112.
  • Stages of Evil:  Occultism in Western Theater and Drama by Robert Lima” Theatre Journal, 60.1 (2008) 170-171.