Santa Clara University

Theatre and Dance department

Courtney Elkin Mohler

CourtneyCourtney Elkin Mohler joined the faculty of the Theatre Department in Fall 2012 as an Assistant Professor, after serving as a postdoctoral fellow since 2010.  Mohler holds a Ph.D. in Critical Studies in Theater from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also earned her B.A. in Theater with an emphasis in Acting.

Due to her lifelong obsession for making theater, she has acted in, directed and served as a dramaturg for over forty productions throughout California. Some recent directing credits include Burning Vision (SCU), Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter (California State University, Dominguez Hills), The Last Judgment & Laundry and Lies (Alliance Repertory Company), and the original play Sunshine (UCLA Summer Acting and Performance Institute). Bridging her research and artistic interests, she has worked closely with the Project HOOP (Honoring our Origins and our Peoples through Native American Theater) and the professional Native American theatre company Native Voices at the Autry.

Specializing in Native American and Chicana/o Theater, Critical Race Theory and Historiography and Mohler has contributed a chapter to American Indian Performing Arts: Critical Directions and wrote the essay on American Indian Theatre and Performance in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Indian Issues Today.  She has also published articles and reviews in the peer-reviewed journals Theatre Topics, Platform, Theatre Research International, Latin American Theatre Review and Text and Presentation.  When she's not teaching, writing or in the theatre, she is spending time with her two daughters and husband George Mohler (SCU, Dept of Mathematics and Computer Science.)