Ann Kilkelly is a professor of performance studies in the Department of Theatre Arts and in the Women's Studies Program in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Tech. She is recognized nationally as a scholar and performer of jazz-tap dancing and history, performance studies, and interactive performance techniques. She has received Smithsonian Senior Fellowships and a National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant, and performs and gives master classes in jazz tap around the country. At Virginia Tech, she served as the director of women's studies for six years. Kilkelly continues to teach and direct multimedia performance concerts at Virginia Tech, and recently created the Diversity Training Laboratory to help students and faculty use performance techniques to examine diversity issues. Kilkelly also served as a site visitor for Roadside Theater for Performing Communities.