MA Theatre, UW-Madison
PhD Theatre, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Areas of Research and Teaching
Storytelling; Narrative and Social Change; Aging Studies; Disability Studies; Narrative and Community Engagement
Awards and Grants
UWM Kellner Entrepreneurship Fellow
Brookdale National Fellowship in Gerontology and Geriatrics
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 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.