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Heidi Rose Performance Artist in Mirror Image and Twin
Mirror Image: Two cousins are born five months apart to identical twin mothers. Shaped by their mothers’ careers as 1950s pop singers, these women both complement and contradict one another as their lives unfold. Mirror Image reveals a life and relationship that now exist only in dreams, memories… and on stage.
Twin: Identical twin girls each have a personality that is in some ways too big for their bodies. Too big to control. Too big to contain. They have lived their whole lives off-balance. Would they have been better proportioned had the egg not split? This performance is presented as a work in progress.
There will also be a post-show discussion following the performance.
Co-sponsored by: the Monmouth University Communication and Gender Studies Department, CommWorks: Students Committed to Performance, the MU Master’s Program in Corporate and Public Communication, and The Center for the Arts
Dr. Heidi Rose holds a B.S. in Speech/Theatre from Northwestern University, an M.A. in Communication from Emerson College, and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Communication and Performance Studies from Arizona State University. She is currently associate professor in Communication, with an emphasis on performance studies, and director of the graduate program in Communication at Villanova University. Dr. Rose’s teaching and research focus primarily on performance, culture, and identity.
Dr. Rose’s research has been supported by grants from Villanova University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society. Her current projects examine Jamaican theatre and post-colonial identity, and the phenomenology of auto/biographical solo performance. Her two solo performances, Mirror Image and Good Enough, explore individual identities across generation and time periods. A third piece, Twin, is currently being workshopped and will complete the family trilogy.
Dr. Rose was Editor-in-Chief for Text and Performance Quarterly, the flagship journal of performance studies for the National Communication Association 2010-2012. She is president of the board of directors for PlayPenn, an organization dedicated to the development of new plays and is a member of the National Communication Association, PSi: Performance Studies International, and the Eastern Communication Association.