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Anne Basting

Professor, Theatre

Professor, Arts & Social Entrepreneurship


PhD, Theatre Arts, University of Minnesota


Anne Basting focuses her teaching and creative research on storytelling, community-engaged performance, and sustainable social change. With a PhD in Theatre Arts from University of Minnesota, Basting is both a creative artist and scholar. She is the author of three books, including Forget Memory: Creating better lives for people with dementia (2009, Johns Hopkins UP), and dozens of articles and essays in a wide range of books and journals. Her 2016 book, The Penelope Project (co-edited with Maureen Towey and Ellie Nocun), tells the story of a two-year odyssey to transform eldercare through art-making. Basting is the recipient of MacArthur Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Brookdale National Fellowship and numerous major grants for her scholarly and creative endeavors. She speaks internationally on the integration of the arts into health and social services. Her creative work includes TimeSlips Creative StorytellingThe Penelope Projectthe Islands of Milwaukee, The Crossings, and Slightly Bigger Women, which she co-wrote and directed in 2015. Basting founded and continues to facilitate the Creative Trust, an alliance to foster life-long learning through the arts. She is currently coordinating the Student Artist in Residence Program, which trains PSOA students to use their artistic skills to foster social change in a variety of settings.