Jennifer Popple  |  Breakout Session

For this session, entitled "Mentoring Students in a Male Dominated Environment", Jennifer Popple and her accompanying students (Emma Brutman, Lauren Davis, Audrey Johnson and  Keila Saucedo) will be discussing how to create a strong mentorship program dedicated to gender in a male-dominated department. The presenters will discuss a variety of projects they have undertaken together, intended to empower and increase participation from female-identifying students like developing a sexual assault program, developing a departmental inclusivity statement, and keeping the Theatre department accountable for any gender or gender-identity based biases. They will also discuss their efforts to keep the theatre season diverse in terms of issues and playwrights. Popple and her students aim to also speak broadly to a number of possible scenarios and give a number of examples of how students and professors can create a welcoming and diverse environment for cis and trans women. 

About Jennifer

Jennifer Popple is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and the co-director of the Women's and Gender Studies program at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. She received her PhD in Theatre History and Criticism from the University of Colorado in 2010 along with a certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. Her book, The Restoration Actress in Her Seventeenth-Century Social, Political, and Artistic Context, was published in 2015. She has also published on feminism in Muggle Quidditch in Playing Harry Potter, edited by Lisa Brenner (McFarland 2015) and has an article forthcoming in The Players' Journal about directing Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive

Jennifer teaches Theatre History, Dramaturgy, Feminist Theories, and Gender in Popular Culture at Augustana College. Directing credits include Sophie Treadwell's Machinal, Shakespeare's As You Like It, Beaumarchais' The Marriage of Figaro, Eric Bogosian's SubUrbia, and Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive. Jennifer is passionate about creating a strong environment for female-identifying students as well as other historically marginalized students and is active on campus in GLBTQ and gender work. She lives in Moline, Illinois with her partner and two daughters.