Undergraduate Research Projects and Complete CV
At Hamilton College:
Summer 2017: Speaking Out, Taking Action Through Verbatim Theatre
I worked with Bridget Levin ('18) to guide her research on Title IX policies and procedures for incidents of sexual assault and violence on campus. Levin created a verbatim theatre performance from her research into on-campus policies and interviews with survivors. She also researched the subject of verbatim theatre, in particular the ethical questions involved in creating this genre of performance.
At St. Olaf College:
Summer 2014 Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) Grant for Student/Faculty Research Collaboration on: “Dramaturgical Research: Digital Applications, Resources, and Exhibition”
I worked with students Dylan Stratton ('16) and Emily Field-Olson ('16), as well as my colleague in the Theater Department, Professor Brian Bjorklund, to research dramaturgy (Dylan and Emily interviewed working dramaturgs and did historical research on the field of dramaturgy). We then created a website to provide guidance for production dramaturgs, as well as resources for class dramaturgical work. Previous to this project, in the spring of 2014, I had given my theater history class an assignment to create online dramaturgical sourcebooks for selected productions. This classwork then led me to team up with Brian to explore further how we could use and create online archives. At the end of the summer, I presented this research at the pre-conference I co-organized with James Brandon of Hillsdale College on teaching theater history at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
Spring 2013 Magnus the Good Award for collaboration with Dr. Marc Robinson and student Sterling Melcher
Professor Marc Robinson in the Russian Department at St. Olaf translated and adapted Dostoyevsky's short story White Nights into a one-act play. Student Sterling Melcher ('13) and I co-directed this play using Droznin, a Russian movement method that Sterling had learned in the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center (please look at description and photos of the production in the "Directing" category). The St. Olaf Magnus the Good Award is given "to encourage student-faculty collaborations in undergraduate research, or in exploration of innovative applications of learning" ("Magnus the Good" webpage).
Summer 2010 CURI Grant for Student/Faculty Research Collaboration on “Teaching Shakespeare to Young Adults”
St. Olaf student Amy Click ('11) and I researched how to teach Shakespeare to young adults through working with young adults (and some older adults) on a production of Romeo and Juliet at the Northfield Arts Guild in the summer of 2010. Amy also interviewed and emailed directors of programs that routinely work with young adults on Shakespeare, and conducted archive-based research on how to teach young adults Shakespeare. We then used this research in our rehearsal process (the show opened in August of 2010).
My Complete Curriculum Vitae (2016)