Ashley Lucas

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Ashley Lucas

Prison Creative Arts Project - Associate Professor of Theatre & Drama

Office Location(s): B807 East Quad
Phone: 734.763.1860
Razor Wire Women
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  • About

    Ashley Lucas is Associate Professor of Theatre & Drama and the Residential College as well as Director of the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) at the University of Michigan.  She holds a B.A. in Theater Studies and English from Yale University and a joint Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies and Theatre and Drama from UC San Diego.  She is a fellow of the Ford Foundation, the UNC Faculty Engaged Scholars Program, and UNC’s Institute for Arts and Humanities.  Her research and teaching interests include U.S. Latina/o theatre, prison-related theatre, theatre for social change, and related topics in acting, playwriting, and comparative ethnic studies.  Lucas is also the author of an ethnographic play about the families of prisoners entitled Doin’ Time: Through the Visiting Glass, which she has performed as a one-woman show throughout the U.S. and in Ireland and Canada. Lucas is currently working on the book manuscript for the Methuen Critical Companion on Prison Theatre, which analyzes performances from the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil.  Her scholarly publications include articles in the Journal of American Drama and Theatre, the Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Latin American Theater Review, American Music, and Revista de Literatura Contemporania de México.  Together with sociologist Jodie Lawston, Lucas guest edited a special issue of the National Women’s Studies Association Journal on the topic of “Women and Criminal Justice: Policing, Prosecution, and Incarceration” (Summer 2008).  Lucas and Lawston also collaborated on an edited volume entitled Razor Wire Women: Prisoners, Activists, Scholars, and Artists (SUNY Press 2011) and write a blog by the same title:  Lucas also runs the PCAP Brazil Exchange—an exchange program with the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro—taking students to Rio each summer to do theatre work inside prisons, hospitals, and favelas.

    Recent courses:

    Documentary Theatre
    Theatre & Incarceration
    The Atonement Project
    The PCAP Brazil Exchange