Joanna Rotté, Emeritus Professor of Theatre at Villanova University, is a writer, teacher, director, and actor residing in Center City, Philadelphia. Her books include Scene Change (A Theatre Diary: Prague, Moscow, Leningrad) and Acting with Adler. Since 2002 she has been the feature theatre essayist for a print and online publication: http://www.soulamericanactor.com.
She has directed featured productions for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, including her own plays: All Victorious Ocean: the Noble Life of Yeshe Tsogyal, Tantric Yogini; Death of the Father; Art Talk (starring the late great art historian and critic Arthur Danto); and Prajna (based on a script by the fully realized Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa). She is a meditation practitioner in the Shambhala tradition and has recorded five audio-books written by the beloved Pema Chödrön: http://www.shambhala.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=rotte.