Lois Holzman is co-founder/director of the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy and founder/chief organizer of Performing the World. Her teaching, research and writing have developed in tandem with and in service to her community organizing work. Over forty years Holzman has built and led grassroots organizations that are engaging poverty and underdevelopment utilizing the transformative power of performance. Mentor and coach to hundreds of scholars, educators, artists and community activists around the globe, she is helping to usher in performance activism as a new approach to community development and social change. Holzman holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Columbia University and is the author/editor of ten books and dozens of chapters and articles.