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Betty Bernhard – Professor of Theatre

Betty Bernhard - Professor of Theatre

Education: B.A., Western Michigan University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Oregon

Expertise: Acting ; Directing; Contemporary Women Playwrights; American Theatre; Bhavai Folk Theatre of Gujarat, India; Women Theatre Activists of India; Devised Theatre; theatre for social change.

With Pomona Since: 1984

Office: Seaver Theatre 213

Campus Phone: (909) 607-4378


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Research Interests:
Focusing on India, I am interested in how theatre shapes and is shaped by society, particularly the marginalized groups and people in transitional situations such as immigration. Most recently, I completed a feature documentary on ways that Women Theatre Activists of India use theatre as a means to bring about social and cultural change. Many of the older women worked in the Ghandi “Quit India” movement against the British, using theatre as their means. I directed three plays in India and two classical Indian plays at Pomona College. I have also studied with Augusto Boal and the Theatre of the Oppressed: Theatre for Social Change. I have produced four documentaries and a CD-ROM on Indian folk, classic and political theatre.