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Member News - Spring 2019

Tuesday, April 16, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mei Li Brown
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Sarah Bay-Cheng will begin a new position as Dean of the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University in Toronto, Canada in July 2019.

David Calder (University of Manchester) published his first book, Street theatre and the production of postindustrial space: Working memories (Manchester University Press, 2019). This analysis of contemporary French street theatre explores how theatre participates in and attempts to make historical sense of the ongoing processes of deindustrialisation and redevelopment. You can order for your library or purchase from

Carol Martin (New York University) published several articles: “No Heaven, Only Sky” published in Skirball’s Indefinite Articles both online and in the printed matter, 2019. "Teatr I rzeczywistość," (“Artists’ Testimonies:” Theatre and Reality”) in Dialog (in Polish), February 2019; the lead essay in the leading Polish theatre journal. “La table et le monde hors scène: les objets scéniques dans le théâtre du reel” in Les Théâtres documentaires (in French) edited by Beatrice Picon-Vallin, Montlellier, Deuxième époque, 2019. Review: Wendy Wasserstein by Jill Dolan for Theatre Journal, March 2019. In Arts Leadership, she became the Head of the ATLAS ARTS (Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) review panel that adjudicates fellowships for the purpose of leave time and research support for academic artists and scholars to produce art and scholarship in the public domain.

Maiya Murphy (National University of Singapore) recently published her book: Enacting Lecoq: Movement in Theatre, Cognition, and Life with Palgrave Macmillan's Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance Series: This book examines the theatrical movement-based pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq (1921-1999) through the lens of the cognitive scientific paradigm of enaction. The conversation between these two both uncovers more of the possible cognitive processes at work in Lecoq pedagogy and proposes how Lecoq’s own practical and philosophical approach could have something to offer the development of the enactive paradigm. Understanding Lecoq pedagogy through enaction can shed new light on the ways that movement, key to Lecoq’s own articulation of his pedagogy, might cognitively constitute the development of Lecoq’s ultimate creative figure – the actor-creator. Through an enactive lens, the actor-creator can be understood as not only a creative figure, but also the manifestation of a fundamentally new mode of cognitive selfhood. This book engages with Lecoq pedagogy’s significant practices and principles including the relationship between the instructor and student, identifications, mime, play, mask work, language, improvisation, and movement analysis.

Heather Nathans (Tufts University) is delighted to have been accepted for the NEH Summer Institute, “Privilege and Prejudice: Jewish History in the American South," hosted by the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture at the College of Charleston.

Laurence Senelick (Tufts University) was given the Historic New England 2018 Award for Collecting Works on Paper. He has recently published “Émigré Cabaret and the Re-Invention of Russia,” New Theatre Quarterly (Feb. 2019), “Signs of the Times: Outdoor Theatrical Advertisement in the Nineteenth Century,” Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film (Nov. 2018) and a translation of Alexandre Dumas's Antony (Broadway Play Publishing). He wrote the narration and staged the Dryden/Davenant Tempest for the Purcell Society, and acted in a staging reading of Cary Mazer's Benefit Performance, or The Other Jew. His essay "The Queer Root of Theatre" has appeared in Polish in the queer theatre issue of Dialog (2018).

Elizabeth Son (Northwestern University) is an inaugural recipient of the Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellowship. According to the ACLS web site, “The Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society program provides opportunities for faculty who teach and advise doctoral students to engage significant societal questions in their research, serve as ambassadors for humanities scholarship beyond the academy, and deepen their support for doctoral curricular innovation on their campuses.” As a scholar-in-residence at KAN-WIN: Empowering Women in the Asian American Community in Chicago (2019-20), Son will work on her book titled Possessing History: Korean Diasporic Women and the Performance of Persistence, which examines the interrelationship between Korean diasporic women’s experiences of social and political violence, place, and performance.

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