Biography

Barbara Means FraserThis is Barbara Means Fraser’s fifteenth year as an Associate Professor at Santa Clara University. She served as Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department from 2003-2006. Fraser has written nine plays.

Her musical, Family, in collaboration with alumnus, Tony Asaro, premiered at SCU in May of 1999, and then went on to be produced by the Ryan Repertory Company in New York in 2000. Breast Entanglements premiered at City Lights Theatre of San Jose in May 2005 after workshops and staged readings at Santa Clara University and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and was produced in Austin, Texas by Serendipity Productions in October-November 2006. Her play, Illusion of Success, received a play reading at the Black Swan Theatre of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 1995 and at the Sacramento Theatre Company in 1994, both under the direction of Aldo Billingslea. Carl Upchurch: An American Shaman received a staged reading in July 2006 at San Jose repertory Theatre, and her newest play, The Harassment Dance received its first reading at the Fess Parker Studio Theatre at Santa Clara University on September 14, 2007. She is currently working on a new play called Dog Park Philosophy.

Fraser’s philosophy of directing is driven by her dedication to social justice. Her direction repertoire includes: The Laramie Project, Twilight of the Golds, Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show, and Paul Robeson. Her latest endeavor in theatrical activism was as Artistic Director of SCU’s Dead Man Walking in collaboration with the SCU Law School and the Bannan Institute for Jesuit Education in which Sister Helen Prejean (writer) was a guest panelist.

 

Commentary

Sondheim's Societal Struggle. A critcal analysis.

Publication

A structural analysis of the American musical theatre between 1955 and 1965 :--a cultural perspective /--by Barbara Means Fraser. (1982) View

The Dream Shattered: America's Seventies Musicals. The Journal of American Culture