Click on this link to visit the page for Ben’s interview with Angela Ahlgren, Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University. Angie is both a taiko performer and a taiko scholar, and over the course of our conversation we talk about how both realms have intersected with each other.
Angela K. Ahlgren is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University. Her research and teaching interests include Theater History and Performance Studies; Asian American Theater and Performance; Gender, Sexuality, and Race in Performance; and Critical Dance Studies. Her writing appears in Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance, edited by Yutian Wong (University of Wisconsin Press, 2016) and the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (March 2011), and is forthcoming in Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, and Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance, edited by Clare Croft (Oxford University Press). Her manuscript, Drumming Asian America: Taiko, Performance, and Cultural Politics, is under review at Oxford University Press.
Before joining the BGSU faculty, Angela held faculty positions at Texas A&M University and Ohio University. She earned her PhD in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin.
In this interview, we talk about Angie’s history as both taiko performer and taiko scholar, how each has informed the other, and her current work.
Angie’s latest essay, entitled “Butch Bodies, Big Drums: Queering North American Taiko,” was just published in the latest issue of Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture. It is available for reading on Project Muse.