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Courtney Elkin Mohler is Assistant Professor of American Studies and the Founding Director of the Office of Intercultural Literacy, Capacity and Engagement. Mohler teaches courses in American Cultural Studies, Native American Studies, American Theater, Critical Race Theory and Performance Studies.
Due to her lifelong obsession for making theater, she has acted in and directed over forty productions. Some of her recent directing credits include “What Would Crazy Horse Do?” by Larissa FastHorse, Michael Redhill’s “Goodness,” and “Burning Vision” by Marie Clements (SCU Fess Parker Studio Theater.) Bridging her research and artistic interests, she has worked closely with Project HOOP (Honoring our Origins and our Peoples through Native American Theater) and the professional Native American theatre company Native Voices at the Autry.
Specializing in Native American Theater, Critical Race Theory, Performance Studies and Historiography, Mohler has contributed a chapter to American Indian Performing Arts: Critical Directions (2009) and The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Indian Issues Today (2013), and has published articles, performance and book reviews in Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Platform, Theatre Research International, Latin American Theatre Review and Text and Presentation.
Dr. Mohler holds a Ph.D. in Critical Studies in Theater from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was awarded the Cota Robles Diversity Fellowship from 2002-2006 and the Institute of American Cultures Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in American Indian Studies from 2006-2007. She arrives to Indy by way of California, where she served as an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance at Santa Clara University before deciding to trade in traffic and sunshine for corn and basketball.