Barbara I. Tannenbaum Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Barbara Tannenbaum teaches courses in public speaking and persuasive communication in the Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance at Brown University. Her skills as a teacher, lecturer and seminar leader have earned her an international clientele consisting of doctors, lawyers, state supreme and appellate court judges, politicians (including U.S. senators) and community and organization leaders. She has advised and conducted public speaking workshops with the Third World Transition Program and with the Women in Science and Engineering group at Brown. She has worked with nationally prominent non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

Providence Newspaper Guild "Follies of 2005", 2006 (Dancer, Singer, Actor and co-writer)

Providence Newspaper Guild "Follies of 2004", 2005 (Dancer, Singer, Actor and co-writer)

Providence Newspaper Guild "Follies of 2003", 2004 (Cast member and co-writer)

Providence Newspaper Guild "Follies of 2002", 2003 (Cast member and co-writer)

Providence Newspaper Guild "Follies of 2001", 2002 (Cast member and co-writer)

Providence Newspaper Guild "Follies of 2000", 2001 (Assistant Director, Cast member and co-writer)

Providence Newspaper Guild "Follies of 1999", 2000 (Assistant Director, Co-writer and cast member)

Providence Newspaper Guild "Follies of 1997", 1998 (Assistant Director)

Providence Newspaper Guild "Follies of 1996", 1997 (Assistant Director)

Providence Newspaper Guild "Follies of 1995", 1996 (Assistant Director

Execution of Justice, (Director) 1990

Paperweight, (Director for RI Feminist Theatre) 1984

A Play of One's Own, , (Director) 1983

Paperweight, (Director for RI Feminist Theatre) 1983 ()

Henry IV, Part I, 1982 (Associate Director)

The Belle of Amherst, , (Director) 1981

research overview

I focus on persuasive communication, gender issues in communications, corporate executive communication, and political communication.

research statement

I work with students, politicians and professionals to explore the most effective methods of persuasion in the context of real-life communication circumstances. I use videotape and feedback sessions to help individuals identify ways in which they can take up more space and increase their personal persuasive capacity.

funded research

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