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Ann Haugo

Director, School of Theatre and Dance
School of Theatre and Dance
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Professor Haugo serves as the Director for the School of Theatre and Dance and Producer of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Her teaching and research focus on American Indian and First Nations theatre and performance and gender in U.S. theatre and performance. She is a core faculty member for the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program and affiliated faculty with Native American Studies and Ethnic Studies.

Current Courses

287.003Independent Study

400.001Independent Study

Teaching Interests & Areas

U.S. theatre and performance; Indigenous theatre in the Americas; theatre history; gender studies.

Research Interests & Areas

Indigenous theatre in U.S. and Canada; Indigenous representation in theatre, film, and popular culture in the U.S.; decolonial theory and practice; feminist theatre; oral history.

PhD Theatre History

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MA Theatre History

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BA English/Theatre

Bemidji State University


Mid-America Theatre Conference

Book, Chapter

Haugo, A. Native American Drama: A Historical Survey. Birgit Daewes (EDs), Indigenous American Drama: A Multivocal History. SUNY Press (2013)
Haugo, A. Persistent Memories: An Interview with Spiderwoman Theatre. Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, Kelli Lyon Johnson, and William A. Wortman (EDs), Performing Worlds into Being: Native American Women's Theatre. Miami University Press (2009)
Haugo, A. American Indian Theatre. Kenneth Roemer and Joy Porter (EDs), The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature. Cambridge University Press (2005)
Haugo, A. Native American Drama. A Blackwell Companion to Twentieth-Century American Drama. Blackwell Publishing (2004)
Haugo, A. Weaving a Legacy: An Interview with Muriel Miguel of Spiderwoman Theater. Roberta Uno with Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns (EDs), The Color of Theatre: Race, Culture, and Contemporary Performance. Continuum (2002)

Book, Edited

Haugo, A., & Magelssen, S. Querying Difference in Theatre History. Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2007)

Journal Article

Haugo, A. Decolonizing Motherhood: Images of Mothering in First Nations Theatre. Theatre History Studies 35.2016 (2016): 269-284.
Haugo, A. Colonial Audiences and Native Women's Theatre: Viewing Spiderwoman Theatre's Winnetou's Snake Oil Show from Wigwam City. Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (1999)
Haugo, A. Negotiating Hybridity: Native Women's Performance as Cultural Persistence. Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 7:2-8:1.1995 (1995): 125-141.

Magazine/Trade Publication

Haugo, A. Storytime on the Stage: Native Playwrights and Troupes. Native Peoples Magazine (2008)


The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Enhancing the Theatre Experience. National Association of Schools of Theatre Annual Meeting. National Association of Schools of Theatre. (2023)
Envisioning Revolution and Restoration: A Roundtable on Land Acknowledgment. Mid-America Theatre Conference. (2022)
Administrators Reading "Indigenizing the Academy:" Decolonial Action or Romance?. Decolonizing Institution Norms: Syllabi and.... Association for Theatre in Higher Education. (2019)
Decolonizing the Theatre History Sequence: Student Agency and Indigenous Knowledges in the Settler Colonial Academy. Mid-America Theatre Conference. (2019)
Oral History, the Archive, and Local Theatre Practice: Documenting the History of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Re-thinking and Re-invigorating Local Histories. Mid-America Theatre Conference. (2019)