Examines Cornerstone and community-based theater in the United States. Now in paperback, ""Staging America: Cornerstone and Community-Based Theater"" details how one theater company's performance-making process has contributed to an ongoing negotiation of American identity. Sonja Kuftinec investigates community-based theater to trace the historical affiliations of the form and critically examines how community-based theater both enables and challenges the very notion of ""community"" as a fixed entity. ""Staging America"" received an honorable mention for the 2003 Barnard Hewitt Award for the best book in theater history.
Sonja Kuftinec is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota where she teaches courses in theater historiography and performance and social change. She has published several articles on the Cornerstone Theater Company and on her own community-based work in the Balkans.