E. J. Westlake
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Associate Professor, University of Michigan
July 5, 1965 |
|Genre||Literary criticism, postmodernism|
E.J. Westlake was born Jane Elizabeth Westlake in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of Curtis Edison Westlake, a factory worker at Delco Products, and Joy Louise Hauser, a political activist and printer. After graduating from Colonel White Performing Arts School in Dayton, Ohio in 1982, Westlake attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where she majored in Theatre Arts and Business (Bachelor of Individualized Studies, 1985).
Westlake moved to Portland, Oregon and began working at the New Rose Theatre first as the Box Office Manager, then as the Marketing Director. There she met Rod Harrel. She, Harrel, and Robin Suttles founded Stark Raving Theatre in 1988 and began developing and staging new plays. Several of Westlake's own plays were staged there, including The Foofy, Open-Toed Shoe: a Not Necessarily Politically Correct, Lesbian, Feminist, Mystery Farce, From Here to Absurdity, Mothers of Heroes, about Westlake's experience with the Benjamin Linder Construction Brigade in Nicaragua, and A.E.: the Disappearance and Death of Amelia Earhart. Westlake also directed several of the plays at the theatre, including Cold Hands, and Split Britches' Little Women: the Tragedy.
She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Drama in the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She also holds an appointment as an Associate Professor of English Language and Literatures. 
- University of Michigan biography
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