Joanna Rotté

About The Teacher

Joanna Rotté, writer, actor, director and teacher, is Professor

Emeritus at Villanova University, where she served as Chair of the Theatre

Department and Director of East Asian Studies. In Japan in the late 1970s

she studied Zen Yoga and Japanese cultural arts and cultivated an interest

in Buddhism. In 2001 she adapted and directed Prajna, a play by Chogyam

Trungpa Rinpoche, for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. In 2009, she wrote

(and for subsequent years performed the title role in) All Victorious Ocean

based on the tantric life of Yeshe Tsogyal. She is a meditation practitioner

and teacher and is devoted to equal appreciation of women in Buddhism.

Her speaking voice may be heard via Shambhala Publications on five Pema Chodron Books.


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