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Deanna B. Shoemaker, Ph.D.

Program Director, Master of Arts in Communication

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

BFA, Webster University, St. Louis, MO

Plangere Center 229
Research Interests

Activist performance practices
Performances/Adaptations of literature
Performance Ethnography
Solo Performance art
Cultural and Aesthetic performances of gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, class

Scholarly Articles

Shoemaker, D. (2014). Kind of Blue (Music for the Muse): Re/playing Autoethnographic Stories Through Music. Text and Performance Quarterly,34:3.

Shoemaker, D. (2014). Kind of Blue: Re/playing Memories and Stories Through Music. Communication Currents, 9:4.

Shoemaker, D. (2013). Autoethnographic journeys: Performing possibilities/utopias/futures. Handbook of Autoethngraphy. Adams, T.; Ellis, C.; Holman Jones, S., Eds. Left Coast Press.
* received the National Communication Association Ethnography Division 2013 award for Best Edited Collection

Shoemaker, D. (2011). Citlali, La Chicana Super Hero as community activist. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 7:1, 1-19.

Shoemaker, D. (2011). Mamafesto! (Why Superheroes Wear Capes). Text and Performance Quarterly, 31:2, 190-202

Shoemaker, D. (2010).  Queer punk macha femme: Leslie Mah’s musical performance in Tribe 8. Cultural StudiesóCritical Methodologies Special Issue on Music and Performance. 10:4, 295-306.

Shoemaker, D. (2007). Pink tornados and volcanic desire: Lois Weaver’s resistant “femme(nini)tease” in ‘Faith and Dancing: Mapping Femininity and Other Natural Disasters.’ Text and Performance Quarterly, 27:4, 317-333.

Shoemaker, D. (2010). Book Review of Carver, H. & E. Lawless. Troubling Violence: A Performance Project. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 6:2.

In Progress:

Carr, T. and D. Shoemaker. Hauntings: Marking Flesh, Time, Memory. This original performance explores themes of loss, decay, desire, and transformative discovery through the aging female body. This work has been presented at the National Communication Association Conference (2011) in New Orleans, at SIU Carbondale for the Patti Pace Performance Festival (2012), at Monmouth University (2012); and at Cal State University Northridge (2013).

Professional Associations

National Communication Association
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Eastern Communication Association
Alternatives to Violence Project

Additional Information

Faculty Advisor, CommWorks: Students Committed to Performance​