Tracy Stephenson Shaffer, Ph.D. is the Chair and a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University. She has taught communication, performance, and film courses at the college level for almost thirty years. She is also a scholar/artist who produces research on the page and on the stage. Her published research focuses on the documentation, criticism, and history of performance. Along with over twenty peer-reviewed essays, she is the co-author of the popular textbook Performance Studies: The Interpretation of Aesthetic Texts. She served as the producing director of the HopKins Black Box, an experimental laboratory theatre at LSU, from 2007-2019. In that space, she advises student work and directs original live performances. In 2015, she was awarded the Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance from the National Communication Association. In 2018, LSU named her Distinguished Professor.