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Department of Theater
Dartmouth College
6204 Hopkins Center
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: 603-646-3104
Fax: 603-646-1757
Email: Department.of.Theater@Dartmouth.EDU
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Laura Edmondson

Associate Professor of Theater
Office: 106 Hopkins Center
Office Phone: (603) 646-3218


  • Theater 10: Special Topics: Human Rights and Performance
  • Theater 10: Special Topics: Performing Migrations
  • Theater 15: Theater and Society I: Classical and Medieval Theater
  • Theater 16: Theater and Society II: Early Modern Theater
  • Theater 23: Topics in African Theater and Performance

Laura Edmondson is a scholar and playwright whose work focuses on East Africa. Her articles on Tanzanian, Ugandan, and Rwandan theater have appeared in Theatre Journal, Theatre Research International, TDR, and the anthologies African Performance Arts (Routledge 2002), Violence Performed (Palgrave Macmillan 2009), and Vectors of the Radical (Palgrave Macmillan 2011). Her book, Performance and Politics in Tanzania: The Nation on Stage, was published by Indiana University Press in 2007. Her fieldwork has been supported by grants from the Fulbright Scholar Program, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the American Association of University Women. She has also collaborated on a performance piece, Forged in Fire, with Ugandan performer Okello Kelo Sam and Tanzanian musician Robert O. Ajwang'. The piece, which was a finalist for the Sundance Theatre Lab, integrates music, dance, and text to explore Okello's personal experiences of the civil war in northern Uganda; excerpts are published in the anthology Refugee Performance: Practical Encounters (Intellect Press and distributed by the University of Chicago Press, 2012). Her other plays have been produced or developed at HRC Showcase, Abingdon Theatre Company, Penn State, Tulane University, Panndora's Box, and the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, she held positions at the University of Georgia and Florida State University; she also taught at the Bagamoyo College of Arts in Tanzania. For the 2012-2013 academic year, she taught dramatic literature at Makerere University in Uganda as a Fulbright Fellow, where she also conducted research for her book on the performance of trauma in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Last Updated: 1/24/14