Anne Basting



MA Theatre, UW-Madison
PhD Theatre, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Areas of Research and Teaching 

Narrative and Social Change
Aging Studies
Disability Studies
Community Engagement

Awards and Grants

MacArthur Fellowship
Ashoka Fellowship
UWM Kellner Entrepreneurship Fellow
Brookdale National Fellowship in Gerontology and Geriatrics
Rockefeller Fellowship

Grants include NEA ArtWorks; Bader Philanthropies; Greater Milwaukee Foundation; Elder Justice Fund; Retirement Research Foundation; Wisconsin Dept of Health and Human Services; Kentucky Office of Inspector General and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services;

Other Relevant Activities

Founder, UWM's Student Artist in Residence Program - year-long, immersive community engagement projects

Founder, President of TimeSlips, a non-profit committed to bringing meaning and joy to late life.


Creative Care: A revolutionary approach to elder and dementia care
The Penelope Project: An arts-based odyssey to change elder care
Forget Memory: Creating better lives for people with dementia
The Stages of Age: Performing Age in Contemporary American Culture


Basting is a Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and founder and President of TimeSlips. Basting's innovative work as an artist and scholar is committed to the power of storytelling for social change. Her work has been recognized by a MacArthur Fellowship, an Ashoka Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and multiple major grants. She is author/editor of multiple articles and four books, including her latest, Creative Care (HarperOne); as well as The Penelope Project (U of Iowa), and Forget Memory (Johns Hopkins). TimeSlips fosters an alliance of artists and caregivers bringing meaning and joy to late-life through creativity and has over 900 certified facilitators in 48 states and 20 countries.