Anna Bean is an independent scholar living in Vermont. She has taught in Performance Studies, Theater, American Studies and African-American Studies Programs at New York University, Williams College, Wesleyan University and Marlboro College. Her current work is on transperformance on stage and in television in American popular performance.
Bean's specialization area is intercultural performance, with a particular concentration on performances of race and gender in American theatre and media. She is the co-editor, along with James V. Hatch and Brooks McNamara, of Inside the Minstrel Mask: Readings in Nineteenth-Century Blackface Minstrelsy, published by Wesleyan University Press in 1996 and winner of the 1997 Errol Hill Award, given for outstanding scholarship in African American theatre studies by the American Society for Theatre Research. She is also the editor of A Sourcebook on African-American Performance: Plays, People, Movements, published by Routledge in 1999. Bean is a visiting faculty member at Bennington for spring 2018.