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Meet Your New Governing Council Members

Tuesday, August 5, 2014  
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ATHE is pleased to announce the election of two Members-at-Large and a member of the nominating committee. They were elected at the annual conference in Scottsdale in July.

Becky Prophet was elected as the Member-at-Large, Liason to the Focus Group Representatives. Prophet is a professor of theatre at Alfred University and firmly believes in the teaching of theatre as the foundation to create excellent theatre artists. She has participated in ATHE since its foundation, having served as Conference Planner for Directing, Directing Focus Group Chair, joined others to write the original guidelines for T and P for Directors, and served as Nominations Committee chair. Very active in the Directing Program, Theatre as a Liberal Art, and the Playwrights and Creative Teams Focus Groups, Becky is working with others on revising tenure and promotion guidelines for the organization.

Alicia Tafoya was elected as the Member-at-Large, Liaison to the Finance Committee. Tafoya did her undergraduate studies at Southern Utah University in acting/directing and dance performance. She received an MFA in performance and pedagogy of acting/directing from Texas Tech University. She is based out of San Antonio, Texas where she directs, performs, and teaches. As a freelance artist she has had the opportunity to meet and work with many amazing organizations and individuals including working at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, an observership with Peter Sellers at the Santa Fe Opera, an intensive workshop with Augosto Boal, and a workshop with Arthur Lessac. Her directing credits include work with universities, community theatres, youth and senior groups, and span a range of styles from full-length opera to one-man show and even theater for young audiences. She also does dramaturgy for new scripts and just finished working on the exciting new musical, Flipside: The Patti Page Story. Alicia travels as a guest director and teaches workshops in Theatre of the Oppressed and Mask and Movement. 

Jen-Scott Mobley was elected to serve on the Nominating Committee. Jen-Scott earned her Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She also holds an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Theatre Criticism from Brooklyn College. Her B.A. in Theatre is from the College of William and Mary. Recent publications include reviews in Theatre Journal, Ecumenica, and Shakespeare Bulletin as well as her article, “Tennessee Williams’s Ravenous Women: Fat Behavior Onstage” which appeared in the inaugural issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society. Forthcoming in the collection Fat: Culture and Materiality (Berg Press 2013) is her article, “Fatsploitation: Disgust and the Performance of Weight Loss.” Jen-Scott’s interdisciplinary research interests include American theatre, dramaturgy, feminist theatre, performance and cultural studies, fat studies, and women’s roles as playwrights, directors, and performers, especially with respect to the way meaning develops in and around women’s bodies in motion and across genres of performance. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores cultural constructions of fat and how they play out onstage and in various cultural texts. Jen-Scott is a member Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America (LMDA), the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) and of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).  

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