Joanna Rotté, writer, actor, director, and teacher, is Professor Emeritus at Villanova University, where she sequentially served as Chair of the Theatre Department and Director of East Asian Studies. Her theatre books include Acting with Adler and Scene Change: Prague, Moscow, Leningrad. As a member of Actors Equity she’s performed on stage in Philadelphia and New York City. In the seminal years of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, she directed featured productions including her own plays Art Talk, Death of the Father, and Prajna (based on a script by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche). She is a senior meditation practitioner in the Shambhala tradition, and her voice may be heard as the reader of five Pema Chodron books.