John Dennis Anderson, associate professor and interim chair of the Communication Studies Department, has been named a winner of the 2013 Leslie Coger Award for Distinguished Performance by the National Communication Association’s Performance Studies Division.
A performance study scholar, Anderson regularly performs one-person shows nationally as authors Henry James, William Faulkner, Washington Irving, Lynn Riggs, and Robert Frost.
The NCA award coincides with Anderson preparing for performances September 20 and 21 at 7:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room of Emerson’s Max Mutchnick Campus Center, where he will adapt scenes from The Mutual Friend, a biographical novel about Charles Dickens. The same performance will take place at Kennesaw State University in Georgia September 26–28.
Anderson won the Coger Award with D. Soyini Madison, a performance studies professor at Northwestern University.
The NCA said in a letter to Anderson that he and Madison were each recognized for “extraordinary contributions as a teacher, performer, and scholar. Together, they represent the strength of our future through their enactments of historical texts, voices that would otherwise be lost, and creative achievements based on discipline and a deep understanding of aesthetic form.”