Performance provides a vital opportunity for us to create new communities, reconsider our assumptions, and celebrate that which makes us human: our drive to know ourselves and create a more just world.

Lindsey Mantoan joined the Linfield faculty in 2017 after having been a lecturer at Stanford University for three years. Her primary research addresses US character, both national and individual. She is the author of War as Performance: Conflict in Iraq and Political Theatricality (Palgrave 2018) and co-editor of four books: Troubling Traditions: Canonicity, Theatre, and Performance in the US (Routledge 2022), The Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays (Bloomsbury 2021), Vying for the Iron Throne: Essays on Power, Gender, Death, and Performance in HBO’s Game of Thrones (McFarland 2018), and Performance in a Militarized Culture (Routledge 2017). In 2019, she won Linfield’s Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar Award, and in 2020, she won the the Mid-America Theatre Conference’s Robert A. Shanke Award for Theatre Research for her work on high school musicals on Broadway in the 2010s. She is an occasional contributor to She teaches courses in theater history and theory, queer theory, contemporary American drama, musical theater, political and protest performance, and fairy tales.