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John D. Anderson        

Presenter of interactive solo performances as American authors

Dr. Anderson, a performance studies scholar, earned his BA and MA from Baylor University and his PhD from University of Texas in Austin. He focuses his research in the area of narrative theory and performance. He is the author of The Student Companion to William Faulkner (Greenwood, 2007). In addition to publishing articles in Text and Performance Quarterly, he has served as book review co-editor for the journal. He performs nationally in his one-person shows as authors Henry James, William Faulkner, Washington Irving, Lynn Riggs, and Robert Frost. An audio podcast of his performance as Frost at the Seattle Public Library is accessible at He has received Chautauqua grants to present humanities programs on early America, the Civil War, the 1930s, and the Centennial of Oklahoma statehood. Dr. Anderson is a former Chair of the Performance Studies Division of the National Communication Association and served as Director of the Honors Program at Emerson for ten years.


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Lectures in character with Q&A as Henry James, William Faulkner, Robert Frost, Washington Irving, Louis Bromfield, and Lynn Riggs

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