LYNN DEBOECK portrait
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre Department
  • Adjunct Instructor , Gender Studies

Research Statement

My research is focused on three main areas: maternal subjectivity in drama, movement theory and directing approaches.  As a scholar with a ten-year directing record, I am pragmatic about all my research interests and endeavor to make sure that they support my practice of theatre making.  For example, looking at maternal subjectivity has fueled my feminist-driven desires to give a theatrical voice to those marginalized and therefore has affected my play selection and directing approaches.  Theatre’s enormous capacity to tell the untold stories drives me to pursue scholarship about the varied histories of subjects as well as the history of performance itself in order to direct actors toward revelatory performances.  Maternity in particular involves a shifting of subjectivity that provides a model for how actors must move within the characters they adopt.  In addition, while my early theatre training has steeped me in more psychological theories of acting, I find movement is often a more productive catalyst in the rehearsal space and so delving into the work of theorists such as Bogart, Laban and Chekhov helps to create more options for me as a director.

Creative Research

  • Directed "Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England" by Madeleine George at Ottawa University in February, 2016. Performance, completed 02/21/2016.

Presentations

  • We’ve Had a Virtual Problem Here-- A paper on the challenges one faces teaching theatre online. Conference Paper, Accepted, 03/17/2017.
  • “The Architecture of the Moment: Movement and Eliciting Silent Connection,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference; Aug.,2016. Presentation, Presented, 08/06/2016.
  • “The Tricky Business of Gestational Conventions,” Women and Theatre Program (WTP) pre-conference; August, 2016. Conference Paper, Presented, 08/05/2016.
  • Directed a production of a play entitled, “Eat,” by Tabita Cercea as a part of the Mid-America Theatre Conference Playwriting Symposium, 2016. Other, Presented, 03/11/2016.

Languages

  • Spanish, basic.

Publications

  • New Play Development. By Lenora Inez Brown. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2015. Theatre Topics, 27.2 (July 2017), in print. In press, 07/31/2017.
  • “Performative Reviews and Phantom Audiences,” PARtake:The Journal of Performance as Research 1, Issue 1 (2016): University of Colorado at Boulder. Published, 10/19/2016.
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