Louisiana State University

LSU Science Café: Artists & Athletes 

Join us for hybrid LSU Science Café with a faculty researcher. 

About this Event  

The arts and athletics have more in common than you might think. Join LSU Associate Professor of Theatre History Shannon Walsh as she shares her research and scholarship on sports and theater including the staging of “The Wolves,” a play about a high school girls’ soccer team. 


About the Speaker  

Shannon Walsh is an associate professor of theatre history. She received her MA in Theatre Studies from Florida State, and her PhD in Theatre Historiography from the University of Minnesota. She is the head of the PhD Theatre program and faculty rector for the Visual and Performing Arts Residential College. Her edited volume, “Sporting Performance: Politics in Play,” examines the intersections between theatre and sport and physical culture across the world and in history. Her monograph, “Eugenics and Physical Culture Performance in the Progressive Era: Watch Whiteness Workout,” examines how Reform Era efforts in the U.S. promoted repeated physical exercise as a way to shape women’s bodies and minds to be more maternally fit. In addition, she serves as the editor for “Theatre Topics” Online and series co-editor for Palgrave’s “Studies in Theatre and Performance History.” As a theatre practitioner, she has worked as a director, actor, dramaturg, and development manager. At LSU, she teaches a broad range of classes from a 600-student Introduction to Theatre for Non-Majors course to graduate student seminars in history and theory. She serves in an advisory capacity for student performance projects both for undergraduates and MFA students. She is also an actor and director at LSU and in Baton Rouge. Recently, she directed two “live” Zoom productions at LSU and Theatre Baton Rouge and played Lady Bracknell in an audio version of “The Importance of Being Earnest” at Swine Palace. 


LSU Science Café is presented in partnership with WRKF.  

Image Credit: Roald Bradstock, Noren Curtain, The race against time <https://roaldbradstock.com/>

Registration & Attendance Information  

The event is open to the public and advance registration through Eventbrite is recommended. 

If you are attending in-person, please print your registration ticket or have it available on your electronic device upon arrival.  

If you are attending virtually, access to the broadcast will be available through Facebook Live. Your registration confirmation email will provide a button that links to the event page, followed by reminder emails prior to the event. Please check your "clutter" or "junk" box if you do not receive your email reminders. 

The webinar will be closed captioned, and a recording of the event will be made available on the LSU Research YouTube channel

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, General Public, Staff


Research, Diversity





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