Academic Background

Ph. D. From Rape to Rapture: The Art of Performing Emotion. Theater Studies, Prof. Erika Fischer-Lichte, Freie Universität Berlin, 2011.

Read full dissertation here.

Acting Certificate (Grotowski, Barba, Strasberg) ABW Acting School Berlin, 1984-86

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Theatre Training

Body Mind Centering — Wendell Beavers, Erika Berland. 2015.
Laban Training — Bryan Doubt. 2013.
Barba/Odin training — Roberta Carreri. 2010, 2013.
Grotowski Source Work — Rena Mirecka. 2009.
Certified Rasabox Training Instructor. 2007.
Meyerhold Biomechanics — Gennadi Bogdanov (workshop observed). 2007.
Rasabox technique — M. Minnick & P. Cole (workshops towards certificate). 2003-2006.
Performance technique, Rasaboxes — Richard Schechner. 1991-1996.

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Performance: Directing

2015
Dementia Solo
Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado.

2014
Attawapiskatt is no Exception — Floyd Favel
Concordia University, Montreal, April.

2009
Oedipus — Ned Dickens
City of Wine, Theatre Passe Murraille, Toronto, May.
Concordia University, Montreal, April.

2005
Union/Dissolution
The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA.
PS 122, Philadelphia, PA.
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA.
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA.

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Publications

In Progress:

Book Chapters:

"Whisperings: Devising with Rasaboxes." In: Rasaboxes Sourcebook: Theory, Performer Training and Practice, eds. Paula Murray-Cole, Michele Minnick, and Rachel Bowditch. Projected publication date Fall 2017, Routledge, NY. Chapter on Rasaboxes Training for Physical Dramaturgies, ed. Rachel Bowditch, Routledge. Proposal accepted. No timeline yet.

Book:

2016
Rage and Rapture: Performance Training in the Rasaboxes.
Publication with Rodopi/Brill, Series editor: Daniel Meier Dinkgräfe. Winter.

Published:

Book:

2011
From Rape to Rapture: The Art of Performing Emotion. PhD thesis, July.

Read full book here.

Book Chapters:

2014
“High Emotion: Training in the Emo Lab.” In: New Essays in Canadian Theatre, Vol. 5: Theatre of Affect, ed. Erin Hurley, Toronto: Playwright Canada Press, May.

Journal Articles:

2011
“Jocasta – Faking Suicide. Rasabox exercises in contemporary adaptation of Oedipus.” In: Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, London: Routledge, Vol 2, No 2, Fall.

2008
“Emotions in Performance: Between Rape and Research Lab.” In: In-Tensions, Aesthetics of Affliction, online Journal, No.1, Spring.

Read full article here.

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Peer-reviewed Conference/Symposia Presentations

Papers presented:

2015
ATHE, “Emotion and Memory, Mimesis and Memory, or Cultural Memory” presented as part of Moving Memory: Trauma in Training and Performance with Chelsea Pace, Rachelle Tsachor, and Tom Truss.

CATR, Acting Training in a Shifting World, facilitator. Paper “Exercises, Training, Warm-Ups, and Preparations — Research in the Emo-Lab, and Experimental Studio Class.”

Actor Training in a Shifting World 2, Teachers Canada, Symposium, U of Victoria, Co-organizer w/ Conrad Alexandrowicz.

2013
FIRT/IFTR, International Association for Theatre Research, Barcelona, paper presented: “Affecting Bodies on Karin Beier’s Stage” in conjunction with book launch for International Women Stage Directors.

2012
CATR, Canadian Association for Theatre Research, Working Group: Affect/Canada/Theatre, convener Erin Hurley, McGill. Paper submitted: “The Affect Emotion Feeling Triad.”

History, Memory, Performance Conference, Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by Dep. of Theatre, U. of Ottawa, Working Group: Original Practices and Innovation.

1st Rasa Symposium, hosted by Cornell University and Ithaca College, Ithaca NY,Invited Speaker, Paper given: “High Emotion: Rasabox Exercises in the Emo Lab.”

2011
CATR, Canadian Association for Theatre Research, Working Group: Affect/Canada/Theatre. Paper submitted: “Playing the Passions, A Search for Affective Labor on the Scottish Moors of Joanna Baillie.”

2009
ASTR, American Society for Theatre Research, Working Group: Emotional Cartographies. Paper submitted: "A Journey to Thebes: Emo Lab, Rehearsal and Performance."

2008
Canadian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Annual Conference, McGill, paper given, "Eighteenth Century Passions"

2007
PSI, Performance Studies International Conference 13, NYU, paper given, "Affect Emotion- Rasa: Experiences from the Emo-Lab"

ADSA, Australian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies, Annual Conference, "Emotion in Performance: Awareness - Fear - Control - Contagion"

2006
Graduate Colloquium — Körperinszenierungen — FU Berlin, paper given, “Emotion Theories and Rasaesthetics”

2005
Graduate Colloquium — Körperinszenierungen — FU Berlin, paper given, “Emotion Theories and Rasaesthetics”

Swarthmore College — Faculty Lecture: “Emotion Research and the Craft of Acting”

2004
Graduate Colloquium — Körperinszenierungen — FU Berlin, paper given, “Emotion Theories and Rasaesthetics”

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Invited Speaker/Artist

2013
La Mama Theatre, “Coffeehouse Chronicles # 116: Richard Schechner and East Coast Artists” present as former company member and Rasabox trainer. Demonstration of Rasaboxes Exercises – New York, November 10th.

2012
1st Rasa Symposium, hosted by Cornell University and Ithaca College, Ithaca NY, Invited Speaker, Paper given: “High Emotion: Rasabox Exercises in the Emo Lab.”

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Working/Research Groups

2015
Acting Training in a Shifting World, continuation of 2014 CATR Actor Training panel, Symposium at University of Victoria, BC, in March 2015 with participants from across Canada, and Seminar at CATR Ottawa, co-convened by Conrad Alexandrowicz and myself.

2014
Performance and Research – IFTR, Warwick

ongoing Practice as Research, convener Bruce Barton, CATR.

ongoing Roundtable and ensuing Working Group Actor Training in Canada — conveners Diana Belshaw, David Fancy, CATR.

2013
Bi-annual Meeting for Certified Rasabox Instructors: host and convener, Concordia University, Montreal.

2011 - 2012
Affect/Theatre/Canada, CATR working group convened by Erin Hurley.

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Artist Workshops Given

2015
ATHE, 2-part workshop. Part of the ATME (Association of Movement Teachers) Priming the Rasaboxes: Physical Intensification through Applications of Experiential Anatomy. Part 1 Priming the Rasaboxes: Physical Intensification through Applications of Experiential Anatomy. Part 2: Devising and Whispering: Rasaboxes Applied – Both sessions co-taught with Joan Bruemmer

2013
University Erlangen/Nürnberg, Rasasbox intensive 2 week workshop/class.

2012
Rasa Symposium, Rasabox Workshop co-taught with Paula Cole and Michele Minnick, Ithaca
College and Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

2010
ALAT, A Laboratory for Actor Training, annual symposium: “In the Throws of the Thaw” Laboratory Leader: Rasabox Training.

CATR, Canadian Association for Theatre Research, annual conference, Concordia University, Montreal. Workshop Leader: Rasabox Workshop/Emotion Lab