Laura Baggs is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Performance as Public Practice Program and the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre History and Criticism Fellow. She is an artist scholar who investigates gender and issues of in/equality through performance. Her research focuses on representations of violence on stage ranging from contemporary depictions of inequality to early modern stagings of violence against women. Baggs also investigates political and activist performance in the current wave of feminism. In April 2015 she presented a paper titled, “Hashtag Feminism and the Fight to End Violence” at the International Society for Intermedial Studies’ Play / Perform / Participate Conference at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Baggs comes to the Performance as Public Practice Ph.D. Program with a M.F.A. in theatre practice: staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter and a M.A. in performance research from the University of Bristol. During graduate school in the United Kingdom, she created performances which scrutinized concepts of gender and the position of women in early modern play texts. Laura has a B.A. in English and a B.A. in theatre from The Ohio State University where she developed her skills as a dramaturg.