Faculty

Preserving and Transmitting American Ensemble-Based Devised Theatre

 

Institute Directors

Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel is a co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of the OBIE Award-winning Pig Iron Theatre Company. Since 1995, Quinn has been one of the leading artists with the company, co-creating many of the company's 30+ original works of theatre and touring them to venues and festivals in Brazil, Germany, Scotland, England, Romania, Poland, Peru, Italy, Ukraine, Lithuania and Ireland, among others. Additionally, Quinn and Pig Iron regularly present their work in New York City and have toured throughout the States including engagements in San Francisco, Washington, DC, Princeton, Providence, Cambridge, Atlanta, Tampa, Logan (Utah), among others.  He has directed, designed and performed with the company since its inception.

Quinn has taught courses in acting and movement theatre since 2002 at Swarthmore College.  Additionally, he has been on the faculty of the Headlong Performance Institute and has taught courses at Princeton University.  Quinn has taught workshops at the Alternative Theatre Festival in Budapest, with Arts on Location in Bangkok, Thailand, at Les Kurbas Theatre in Lviv, Ukraine, with Cabuia Teatro in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at Teatrul Fara Frontiere in Valcea Rimnea, Romania and at Princeton University, Stanford University, UVA, Wesleyan university, Utah State, Georgetown, American University, and UPenn, among many others.  Additionally, he has taught professional theatre training workshops in Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco for the past 15 years.

 

Allen J. Kuharski teaches in the Department of Theatre at Swarthmore College, where he holds the Stephen Lang Professorship in Performing Arts and teaches directing, performance theory, and theatre history.  Since 1995, he has directed the Swarthmore Project in Theatre, which provides in-kind grants for performance residencies for Swarthmore theatre alumni and their collaborators, which included Pig Iron Theatre Company for many years.

He co-founded and co-directed Swarthmore’s semester-abroad program for theatre and dance students in Poland.  Allen trained as a set designer at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and was a Fulbright Scholar in Scenography to the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied under the Polish painter and performance artist Józef Szajna.  Before moving to Philadelphia, Allen was active for ten years as a set designer for theatre and opera.  He completed a doctorate in the director/scholar program in the Department of Dramatic Art at the UC-Berkeley, where he wrote the first dissertation in any language devoted to the theatrical work of Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz.  Allen has served as Associate Editor and Performance Review Editor for Theatre Journal.  His articles, reviews, interviews, and translations from Polish and French have been widely published in the U.S., Great Britain, Poland, France, Norway, Argentina, Austria, and the Netherlands.  His translation of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros (done with George Moskos) has been widely performed in the U.S.  Allen’s English-language version of Teatr Provisorium & Kompania Teatr of Lublin’s adaptation of Gombrowicz’s novel Ferdydurke received a Fringe First in Edinburgh and toured widely both nationally and internationally between 2000 and 2008.

As a performance curator, he has co-commissioned Pig Iron’s Shut Eye (2001; done in collaboration with Joseph Chaikin) and Hell Meets Henry Halfway (2004; text by Adriano Shaplin; winner of an OBIE Award in 2005), as well as The Riot Group’s Hearts of Man (2006; written by Adriano Shaplin), along with American tours and residencies by Teatr Provisorium & Kompania Teatr, choreographer Jacek Łumiński and his company Silesian Dance Theatre, and director Michał Zadara and his company CENTRALA.  With his Swarthmore colleague Barbara Milewski, Allen presented the North American premiere of CENTRALA’s Chopin Without Piano in Swarthmore and Philadelphia in 2015.  Allen has received the Order of Merit for Polish Culture (2002) and the Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Award (2006; given by the Polish chapter of the International Theatre Institute/UNESCO).

 

Visiting Faculty

Project Co-Directors Quinn Bauriedel and Dr. Allen Kuharski will be joined by 16 esteemed faculty representing a rich array of scholarship and practice relating to devised theatre across the U.S. and abroad. Faculty will engage in thoughtful discussions, illuminating presentations, practical curriculum-building sessions, and devising work sessions to bring the topic to vivid life within the studios and classroom. Expected faculty and areas of research and expertise and listed below.

 

Ruwanthie de Chickera is a Sri Lankan theatre director, filmmaker, and performance scholar whose work is tied directly to past Sri Lankan and Hindu traditions while also being firmly connected to contemporary global theatre practices. She was a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow. She is the head of Research and Writing for the Arts at the Cultural Policy Desk of Sri Lanka. Currently, she is drafting a National Arts and Cultural Policy for her country.

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Kathleen Cioffi, Ph.D., is an editor for Princeton University Press and Associate Editor for The Polish Review. She holds a doctorate in theater history from New York University, was Fulbright Scholar in theater to Poland in the early 1990s, and is the author of and the award-winning Alternative Theatre in Poland: 1954-1989 (Hargrave, 1996) and co-editor (with Magda Romańska) of TheatreMachine: Tadeusz Kantor in Context (Northwestern University Press, 2020).

 

Prof. Telory Davies Arendell teaches in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Missouri State University. She was a founding member of Pig Iron Theatre Company and earned her doctorate in Theatre and Performance Studies at Stanford University. Arendell has written four books on various aspects of theatre, dance, and disability studies, as well as the editor and lead writer of the forthcoming, Devised Theatre’s Collaborative Performance: Making Masterpieces from Collective Concepts (Routledge, 2022).

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Giovanni Fusetti is one of the foremost theatre educators of physical theatre, clown, and ensemble-based devised theatre in the world. He is one of the few individuals to have completed the 3rd year pedagogic training at Ecole Jacques Lecoq and joined the faculty there before founding his own school in Italy, Helikos. Mr. Fusetti has been the recipient of several O-1 visas for his outstanding contributions to the field and has led workshops and trainings around the world for the last 20 years. As a native of Padua, Italy, he is also a leading expert on the commedia dell’arte and its influence on contemporary theatre practices.

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Prof. Lars Jan teaches acting at the California Institute of the Arts, where he also received his MFA in theater directing and integrated media. He studied Bunraku puppetry in Japan for a year in 2003-04. He is the founder and artistic director of the interdisciplinary performance group Early Morning Opera, whose works have been widely performed and exhibited around the world. As a visual artist, Jan is represented by the Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles.

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Prof. Rick Kemp teaches theater at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), where he is Head of Acting and Directing. He studied at the École Gaulier (Pagneux, Paris) and holds advanced degrees in theater from Oxford University (MA) and the University of Pittsburgh (MFA, Ph.D.). He is the author of the Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq (2017) and Embodied Acting: What neuroscience tells us about performance (Routledge, 2012). With Bruce McConachie, Kemp co-edited The Routledge Companion to Theatre, Performance and Cognitive Science (2021). He has worked extensively as an actor and director in the US, UK, and continental Europe.

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Prof. Adrienne Mackey teaches acting, directing, and devising in the School of Drama at the University of Washington. She has previously taught at many Philadelphia schools including the Pig Iron School, Drexel University, Swarthmore College, and Bryn Mawr College. She is the founder and artistic director of Swim Pony Performing Arts, an interdisciplinary company that explores the intersections of live performance, game design, and digital technology. She has extensive experience as a director and as a master teacher of Roy Hart voice work.

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Bonnie Marranca is a New York-based critic, publisher, and founding co-editor of Performing Arts Journal (PAJ, MIT Press). She is currently the journal’s Editor-In-Chief. Apart from PAJ: Marranca has published three volumes of collected theater criticism and her monograph Theatrewritings (1984) won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. She has been the recipient of the S.I. Witkiewicz Award in Poland, Guggenheim fellowship, and a Fulbright Scholarship. She is a graduate of Montclair State University (B.A.) and Hunter College (M.A.), in addition to starting the doctoral program in theater at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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Prof. Judith Miller is the former Chair in the Department of French Literature, Thought, and Culture at New York University, along with teaching and serving as the founding Dean of Arts & Humanities at NYU-Abu Dhabi. She previously taught in and chaired the Department of French Language & Literature at the University of Wisconsin. She is a widely published translator and authority on various aspects of contemporary French theater, including women’s theater. She is the leading English-language expert on the work of French director Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil.

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Kym Moore is a director and long-serving professor of theater at Hampshire College, Sarah Lawrence University, Swarthmore College, and Brown University. She has directed widely in the United States both professionally and in the colleges and universities where she has taught.

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Prof. Jessica Nakamura teaches in the Department of Theater & Dance at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she directs the doctoral program. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College, the University of Hawaii at Manoa (MFA in Asian Theatre Performance), and Stanford University (Ph.D. in Theatre & Performance Studies). She is the author of Transgenerational Remembrance: Performance and the Asia-Pacific War in Contemporary Japan (Northwestern University Press, 2020).

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Prof. Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento (Chair, Dept of Theater & Dance at Macalester College; Ph.D. in Theatre & Drama, University of Wisconsin), is originally from Brazil and was a founding member along with Romeo Castellucci of the renowned Italian company Socìetas Raffaello Sanzia. In addition to her recent appointment as Chair at Macalester, she taught for years in the Department of Theatre at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She is the co-author of The Theatre of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzia (Routledge, 2007). She currently serves as the Secretary of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR).

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Rubén Polendo is the Founding Artistic Director of Theater Mitu. Polendo served as Founding Theater Program Director and Associate Dean for the Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi. Polendo is currently Chair of The Department of Drama at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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Prof. Duška Radosavljević teaches at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and edited the ground-breaking volume The Contemporary Ensemble: Interviews with theatre-makers (Routledge, 2013). Radosavljević’s survey was both widely international and considered ensemble/devising histories in both auteur independent companies such as Pig Iron and in major institutional theaters such as the Berliner Ensemble.

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Kathryn Syssoyeva, Ph.D., has held faculty positions in theater in a wide variety of colleges and universities in the US. With Scott Proudfit, she has overseen three edited volumes devoted to collective creation and devised performance in theater in various countries, including the US. She is herself a co-founder and co-artistic director of one such ensemble, Anomalous Company, based in Massachusetts.

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Prof. Mike Vanden Heuvel teaches Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies and is the former Chair of the Department of Theatre & Drama at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He previously taught at Arizona State University. He is the author of Performing Drama/Dramatizing Performance: Alternative Theater and the Dramatic Text (University of Michigan Press, 1993) and is the lead writer and editor of American Theatre Ensembles: Vol. 1 (Post-1970) and American Theatre Ensembles: Vol. 2 (Post-1995), both published in 2021 by Methuen.

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Preserving and Transmitting American Ensemble-Based Devised Theatre has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.
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