Anne Davis Basting, PhD
Anne Basting (Ph.D.) is the Director of the Center on Age & Community and an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she teaches storytelling and playwriting. Basting has written extensively on issues of aging and representation, including two books, Forget Memory: Creating better lives for people with dementia (2009) and The Stages of Age: Performing Age in Contemporary American Culture. Her numerous articles and essays have been published across multiple disciplines including journals such as The Drama Review, American Theatre, and Journal of Aging Studies, and anthologies Figuring Age, Mental Wellness in Aging, the Handbook for the Humanities and Aging, and Aging and the Meaning of Time. Basting is the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Brookdale National Fellowship, and numerous major grants for her scholarly and creative endeavors. Her creative work includes nearly a dozen plays and public performances, including The Frida Kahlo Retrospective, All the Live Long Day, Persuasion (co-written with Ping Chong), the Last Dinosaur, and TimeSlips. Basting received her Ph.D. in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota. She continues to direct the TimeSlips Creative Storytelling Project, which she founded in 1998, and makes numerous presentations creativity and aging across the United States.
She is currently at work on The Penelope Project, discussion with family, residents, and nursing home staff based on the myth of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey. The discussions will inspire a new, professionally staged play inside the nursing home.
Brookdale Fellow Class of 1998