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Dani Snyder-Young

Faculty Affiliate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Assistant Professor of Theatre

College of Arts, Media + Design

Dani Snyder-Young is a scholar/artist whose work focuses on theatre and social change, applied theatre, and contemporary US activist performance. Dani is the author of Theatre Of Good Intentions: Challenges and Hopes for Theatre and Social Change (2013, Palgrave Macmillan), which examines the limits of theatre in making social change. She has published in Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre Research, Theatre Survey, Theatre Research International, Qualitative Inquiry, Youth Theatre Journal, Texas Theatre Journal, and the International Journal of Learning, and from 2013-2015 she regularly wrote popular press theatre criticism for HowlRound.

Her artistic work as a director and dramaturg focuses on political theatre, community based performance, new play development, and adaptations of classical texts for diverse audiences. Dani is an ensemble member of Halcyon Theatre in Chicago and a member of Actor’s Equity Association. Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty in 2017, Dani previously taught at Illinois Wesleyan University, New York University, and Pace University.