Angeline R																 Larimer

Angeline R Larimer

Affiliate Faculty, Medical Humanities and Health Studies
Affiliate Faculty, Applied Theatre, Film, & Television
Faculty Mentor, Scholarly Concentration in Medical Humanities, IU School of Medicine
(317) 278-2424
Cavanaugh Hall (CA) 141B



  • M.F.A., Playwriting/Theatre & Drama, Indiana University Bloomington, 2002
  • M.A., Bioethics/Philosophy, IUPUI, 2018
  • Graduate Certificate, Medical Humanities, IUPUI, 2016
  • B.A., English, Indiana University Bloomington, 1996




  • MHHS M201 – Introduction to Medical Humanities and Health Studies
  • MHHS M492 – Applied Playwriting in the Health Humanities (cross-listed with G391)
  • MHHS M492 – Dramatic Literature & Medicine
  • MHHS M492 – Playwriting and Medicine
  • MHHS M492 – Theatre of Health and War
  • COMM T431 – Playwriting (cross-listed with M492)
  • COMM G391 – Applied Playwriting in the Health Humanities (cross-listed with M492)
  • COMM G391 – Dramatic Medicine (cross-listed with M492)
  • COMM G391 – Theatre of Health and War/Playwriting for Veterans


  • MHHS M592 – Applied Playwriting in the Health Humanities
  • MHHS M592 – Dramatic Literature & Medicine
  • MHHS M592 – Playwriting and Medicine
  • MHHS M592 – Theatre of Health and War



Scholarly Publications

Emily Beckman, Angeline Larimer, “Medical Student As Playwright: Dramatizing Imelda” Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine. (Fall 2023):

Larry D. Cripe, Laura B. Vater, Jason A. Lilly, Angeline Larimer, Mary Lynn Hoffmann, Richard Frankel, “Goals of Care Communication and Higher-Value Care for Patients with Advanced-Stage Cancer: A Systematic Review of the Evidence” Patient Education and Counseling Vol. 104, Issue 9. (September 2021):

Selection of Theatre & Film Projects

Lafracoth Rehearsed, full-length play by Matthew Galvin
dramaturgy and adaptation by Angeline Larimer
scheduled staged readings for the IU Conscience Project &
IU School of Medicine Scholarly Concentration in Medical Humanities
2023 – 2024

Lasting, full-length play
co-written with Abdul-Khaliq Murtadha, Donald Fuller, and Sidney Fuller
Multiple staged readings scheduled for 2023 – 2024

Burning Tulips, screenplay
co-written with Leena Alam
based on the story by Leena Alam
pre-production, 2023

“For Yosra” & “Wait, Mother, Wait”
Voices of Afghanistan
LA Writers Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2021
Livestreamed by Howlround TV

The Spectrum of Letting Go, full-length play
Vs. Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 2020
Crescent Theatre, New Orleans, LA, 2020
IU School of Medicine, IUPUI Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program, IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, and the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indianapolis, 2019
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY, 2019
Indy Convergence, Indianapolis, 2019

White Sheets, screenplay
funded by Indiana Arts Council

Chestnuts Roasting, short film
produced by Radio Ridge Productions

Fish in the Desert, full-length play
Indiana University Department of Theatre & Drama 2001-2002 Theatre Season

Merry Elementary, full-length play
Bloomington Playwrights Project 2000 – 2001 Theatre Season



  • Nominee for the 2023 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Playwriting
  • Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics Fellowship, 2020
  • IUPUI Athletics Favorite Professor Award, 2019 & 2020
  • Indy Convergence Summer Theatre Residency, 2019
  • IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI Myles and Peg Brand Fellowship in Bioethics, 2018

Academic Interests

Academic Interests

Angeline Larimer, MFA, MA, GCMH, is associate faculty for both the Medical Humanities & Health Studies and Applied Theatre, Film, & Television programs at Indiana University Indianapolis.

Larimer is also the Lead Dramaturg for PlayPenn, an MFA & Dramatists Guild playwright, a bioethicist, and a medical humanist at the intersection of health humanities and theatre.

As a playwright bioethicist, she uses theatre as a vehicle for public health, incorporates applied theatre and ethics into health and medical education, and helps individuals share their stories while retaining ownership of their narratives by utilizing methods and principles borrowed from bioethics, verbatim theatre, narrative medicine, Saidiya Hartman’s critical fabulation, and ethnodrama. Her focus is wherever theatre can be used to facilitate social justice, specifically in the direction towards health equity. Themes she has incorporated within scripts include the effects of war on health – particularly on combat veterans, long term effects of racism on health, stigmas and substance use disorder, the impact of eugenics on 20th century Indiana families, and the difficulties of end-of-life decisions. As a community educator, Larimer teaches “Ethics and the Fundamentals of Playwriting” for PlayPenn, fostering conversations about unintended consequences of creative work, and the responsibilities of the storyteller. In 2022, she developed Theatre for Veterans in collaboration with licensed clinical social workers and the Indiana Dept. of Veterans Affairs to offer free online playwriting classes to veterans of the armed forces. She is also a guest scriptwriting facilitator for Indiana Prison Writers Workshop. As a bioethicist, she works with INSTEP Indy, as well as the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) on the Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) grant to help prevent overdoses in Indiana.

She is a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Dramatists Guild of America, Indiana University Conscience Project, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), and Parent Artist Advocacy League for Performing Arts + Media (PAAL).