LYNN DEBOECK portrait
  • Adjunct Instructor , Gender Studies
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre Department
  • Adjunct Instructor, Honors College

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

  • “Lynchpin,” (Lynn Deboeck- playwright and director), 10th Annual Edward Lewis Festival, Salt Lake City Main Library Performance, completed 2019.
  • I wrote and directed a play originally titled, "The Lynchpin Life," which is now just called "Lynchpin" about the life of Ida B. Wells. It is now a staple in the curriculum of a history of journalism course in Communications. Commission, in progress 2018.
  • “The Hardest Thing” (role: Mary) by Taran Hayes at the Mid-America Theatre Conference, Playwriting Symposium, 2017. Performance, completed 2017.
  • “A Girl Walks into a Bar” (role: Jan) by Mary Clohan at the Mid-America Theatre Conference, Playwriting Symposium, 2017. Performance, completed 2017.
  • Directed "Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England" by Madeleine George at Ottawa University in February, 2016. Performance, completed 2016.

Presentations

  • “The Show Must Go On?” Working Group, American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), October 2021. *Virtual Panel. , Presented, 2021.
  • “Empowerment Committee Survey Presentation,” a part of “ASTR Field Conversation: What Happens to Theatre and Performance Departments Post-Covid?,” American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), November, 2020 *Virtual Conference. , Presented, 2020.
  • “Teaching with Liveness Grant Project,” Institutional Collaboration Roundtable. Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), August, 2020. *Virtual Conference. , Presented, 2020.
  • “Igniting the Internal Flame: Powering up Students,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), July, 2020. *Virtual Conference. , Presented, 2020.
  • “Contingency Reserves for Adjuncts,” Adjunct Labor Field Conversation. American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), November, 2019. , Presented, 2019.
  • We’ve Had a Virtual Problem Here-- A paper on the challenges one faces teaching theatre online. , Accepted, 2017.
  • “The Architecture of the Moment: Movement and Eliciting Silent Connection,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference; Aug.,2016. , Presented, 2016.
  • “The Tricky Business of Gestational Conventions,” Women and Theatre Program (WTP) pre-conference; August, 2016. , Presented, 2016.
  • “Telling Your Story with Your Center,” Utah Theatre Association (UTA) DramaCon 2020 Conference, University of Utah. Other, Presented, 2020.
  • "Who You Are is How You Move: Laban Movement Analysis"--workshop. Other, Presented, 2019.
  • "Consumed Vessels: A History of Pregnancy on Stage". Other, Presented, 2018.
  • 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, 2016.
  • “Pregnant Subjectivities,” Swollen: Ordinary to Extraordinary Pregnancy and Maternity Working Group; American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Conference; November, 2017. , Presented, 2018.
  • "Offering New Scripts to Combat Rape Culture Apathy". , Presented, 2018.
  • "The Revolt of Mothering". , Presented, 2018.
  • "The Tailspin of the Lecture--And Perhaps a Way to Pull Out". , Presented, 2018.

Languages

  • Spanish, Basic.

Publications

  • Linda Roche (date unknown). Lynn Deboeck: "them" in "American Literature in Context". ABC-CLIO. Accepted, .
  • Linda Roche (date unknown). Lynn Deboeck: "Lilian Hellman" in "American Literature in Context". ABC-CLIO. Accepted, .
  • Valerie Clayman Pye (date unknown). Lynn Deboeck: "The Tag-tic that Works" in "Objectives, Obstacles and Tactics in Practice: Perspectives on Activating the Actor". Vol. 1, Routledge. Accepted, .
  • Jen Harrison (date unknown). The Momboy: Maternal Tomboys on Stage. Lexington Books. Accepted, .
  • Dr. Arpita Ghosh (date unknown). Lynn Deboeck: “Staging Mothers: Toward a Fuller Maternal Representation” in "Lifting the Mantilla: Unveiling the Mystique of Motherhood". Authors Press. Accepted, .
  • Drs. Miriam Chirico (date unknown). Lynn Deboeck: "Sweat by Lynn Nottage--Exercise" in "How to Teach a Play: 75 Exercises for the College Classroom". Vol. 1, Blooomsbury Methuen. Accepted, .
  • Lynn Deboeck (date unknown). “Performative Reviews and Phantom Audiences,” PARtake:The Journal of Performance as Research 1, Issue 1 (2016): University of Colorado at Boulder. Accepted, .
  • Lynn Deboeck (date unknown). "Staging Feminist Futures--Roundtable" in "Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies". University of Nebraska Press. Accepted, .
  • Lynn Deboeck (date unknown). “The Culinary Coding of Gender Construction: Simplicity Rhetoric in Cookbooks from the Little Blue Book Series”. antae: A Journal on the Interspaces of English Studies. Vol. 7, 27-41. Accepted, .
  • Lynn Deboeck (date unknown). Close Encounters of an Intimate Kind: Gender and Performance During COVID-19. Vol. 76. Gender Forum. Accepted, .
  • LYNN DEBOECK (date unknown). New Play Development. By Lenora Inez Brown. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2015. Theatre Topics, 27.2 (July 2017), in print. Accepted, .
  • Lynn Deboeck (date unknown). Sharon Pollock: First Woman of Canadian Theatre, Edited by Donna Coates. University of Calgary Press, 2015. (pp. 271-272). Vol. 70. Theatre Journal. Accepted, .
  • Lynn Deboeck (date unknown). Turquoise - Review. (pp. 247-249). Vol. 70. Theatre Journal. Accepted, .