Assistant Professor - Theatre History, Theory, and Literature
Ph.D. Ohio University, Athens, OH
M.F.A. University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI
B.A. Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI
Jennifer Goodlander focuses on Asian performance as it intersects with gender studies, ethnography, performance studies, postcolonial theory, visual culture studies, and transnational circuits of performance. Her dissertation, with research funded by a Fulbright Fellowship to Indonesia, focused on women and performance in Bali, especially wayang kulit or shadow puppetry. She is currently revising the dissertation into a book manuscript tentatively called Women in the Shadows: Gender, Puppets, and the Power of Tradition in Bali. Drawing upon her own experience of the practical training and ritual initiation to become a dalang, or puppeteer, coupled with interviews of early women dalangs and leading artists, she argues that “tradition” in Bali must be understood as a system of power that is inextricably linked to gender hierarchy.
Jennifer is interested in unraveling and exploring connections between scholarship and theatrical practice. In New York City and regionally she worked extensively as a director and teacher with a special emphasis on new plays and physically based performance. She combined Asian theatre into innovative productions of The Ghost Sonata, The Bacchae, and others. She was a member of the 2005 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab that focused on new play development and working in collaboration. She often shares her research through performances and lectures at theatres, civic groups, and universities and has performed wayang kulit in NYC, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois, and Ohio. Jennifer is the Membership and Outreach Coordinator for the Association for Asian Performance (AAP) and Symposium Co-Chair for Practice and Production Symposium of the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC).
“National Education, Local Arts: Negotiating Identities in Bali through Dance” invited book chapter in Education in Indonesia: Perspectives, Politics and Practices, edited by Rommel A. Curaming and Frank Dhont, FIS Press: Yogyakarta, 2012: 213-225.
“Gender, Power, and Puppets: Two Early Women Dalangs in Bali.” Asian Theatre Journal. 29.1, 2012: 54-77.
“Rhythms of a National Body: Balinese Dance and the Ideology of the Pancasila” book chapter in Pancasila's Contemporary Appeal: Re-legitimizing Indonesia's Founding Ethos. published by Sanata Dharma University Press and the Yale Indonesia Forum International Conference Book Series, 2010. 285-300.
“Claiming Draupadi: Performing Gender and Power in Balinese Wayang Kulit” in Puppetry International Magazine. 26 (Fall and Winter 2009): http://www.unima-usa.org/publications/shadow/Goodlander.html