Lecturer AY-B, Humanities
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is a feminist theologian, and a writer, director and teacher of theatre. Her Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union focused on how feminist theatre enacts feminist theology. Dr. Rue has taught in the fields of Religious Studies and Theology for fifteen years. She has taught at the Pacific School of Religion, Starr King School for the Ministry, the California Institute for Integral Studies and St. Lawrence University. Dr. Rue teaches courses in Mysticism, Biblical Drama, and an Introduction to Religious Studies. She is currently a lecturer in the Women Studies and Comparative Religious Studies Department of San Jose State University.Dr. Rue's book, Acting Religious: Theatre as Pedagogy in Religious Studies, was published in 2005 by Pilgrim Press. She is a frequent pedagogy consultant to university departments and individual professors. Dr. Rue has taught theatre for twenty years. For ten years she was on the teaching faculty of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Her work as a theatre director has been seen in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum, San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre, and New York's Shakespeare Festival, among other theatres. Among the plays that Dr. Rue has directed and collaborated on with others are: Paula (an adaptation of Isabel Allende's memoir), Grapes and Figs Are in Season: A Palestinian Woman's Story (developed with Emily Shihadeh), Ecstasy in the Everyday (developed with clown and mime Letita Bartlett), Positive Women (developed with HIV positive women), Convictions (developed with incarcerated women and men in a Los Angeles prison), Do You Read Me? (a play about literacy,developed with at risk high school students), CancerBodies: Women Speaking the Unspeakable (developed with women struggling with cancer). She was also the visiting guest director for San Khau Viet CALI, a Vietnamese theatre company in San Jose. Her most recent theatre creation was Approaching the Qur'an for the Mosaic Theatre Festival in Santa Cruz, California. The work explored various suras of the Qur'an and is part of a larger project she is developing that will theatrically explore sacred texts.
Dr. Rue is the co-founder of A Critical Mass: Women Celebrating Eucharist in which Roman Catholic women publicly celebrated a monthly feminist Catholic Mass. The group began in 1997 and celebrated for seven years.
Dr. Rue was ordained a womandeacon in the Roman Catholic Church in 2004 and a womanpriest in 2005. For further information please see www.romancatholicwomenpriests.org Dr. Rue also has a house church that meets monthly in Santa Cruz, California. She also presides at a weekly Mass in the Spartan Memorial Chapel of San Jose State University, Wednesdays at 5:15pm, starting up again on Oct. 3, 2007--and continuing until December.