Victoria Lewis

Victoria LeiwsKate Welling Distinguished Scholar in Disability Studies - 2022


Ph.D. in Theater, University of California at Los Angeles, 2000
M.A. Literature and Language, Columbia University, Teachers College, NY, 1968
B.A. English, Dunbarton College, Washington, D.C., 1967

Curriculum Vitae

Victoria is the editor of Beyond Victims and Villains: Contemporary Plays by Disabled Playwrights, Theatre Communications Group, 2006, the first anthology of American plays by writers with disabilities. Her scholarship has focused on lost histories of disabled artists and citizens in essays such as "Radical Wallflowers: Disability and the People's Theater" for the Radical History Review, “Hands like starfish/ Feet like moons’: Disabled Women Theatre Collectives” in Women and Collective Creation, as well as training and casting of disabled theatre artists—"Disability and Access: A Manifesto for Actor Training" in The Politics of American Actor Training and “A Great and Complicated Thing: Reimagining Disability,” in Casting a Movement: The Welcome Table Initiative. Her most recent project is a verbatim play One Day On the Road to the ADA: a reenactment of the congressional hearing of September 27, 1988 with text provided by the congressional record and a format designed for a community ensemble and audience.