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Jeanne Willcoxon, Ph.D. Curriculum Vitae 812 College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
cell phone: 507/413-2848
Please visit my website at: http://www.jeanne-willcoxon.com/ to view samples of my work.
II. Education Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY BA in Liberal Arts (1984) including a year at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and Central School in London, England
Harvard University/American Repertory Theatre Institute of Advanced Theatre Training, Cambridge, MA (under the Artistic Directorship of Robert Brustein)
Advanced Actor Training Program (1990)
International House, Center for English Studies, New York, NY. University of Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Adults (1995) University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN MA (2004); PhD (August 2006) Areas of Expertise & Special Interests: Performance Theory, Jacobean Masque Performance, Performance Art (in particular: feminist performance art), Devising Theatre, Postdramatic Theatre.
III. Employment & Teaching Experience Employment Hamilton College
Visiting Assistant Professor
St. Olaf College
Assistant Professor (non-tenure track) â€“ Department of Theatre
Director of the Oral Communication Program Director and Founder of The Speaking Center An oral communication tutoring center for students
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University of Minnesota
Aﬃliate Faculty Member Instructor
Teaching Courses taught at Hamilton College
THETR100 Introduction to Making Theatre: Theory and Practice
THETR204 Collaborative Performance
THETR205 Performing Women THETR 301 History of Theatre
THETR210 Acting Styles: Theatricalism and the European Avant Garde
Courses taught at St. Olaf College Theater Courses: TH110 Introduction to Theatre
TH115: Acting for Non-Majors
TH130 Introduction to Acting
TH180 Text & Performance
TH230 Intermediate Acting
TH270: History of Theater up to 1700 TH271: History of Theater 1700 – Present TH360: Senior Capstone Course
Interdisciplinary Courses: IS214: Theatre and Science
GE111: The Monstrous (First-Year Writing Course)
WRIT110A Skills in Composition
ID 294 Leaders for Social Change
The American Conversation Program (AmCon 102, 201 and 202)
The Great Conversation Program (GC113, 115, 116, 217, 218)
Independent Study on Feminist and Transgender Performance
IS294 Women in Film
Independent Study on a Feminist Absurdism
Independent Research on Children’s Theatre
Independent Study on Feminist Playwrights
Independent Study on Aesthetic Discourse
Independent Study on Contemporary Norwegian Performance
Independent Study on Ancient Greek Performance
Independent Study on Activist Performance
Independent Study on Contemporary British Theatre
Independent study on The Mediatization of "Woman" in the Contemporary US Pop Culture
Independent study on Gender, Sexuality and Dionysus: Modern and Postmodern Theatre
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Independent Study on Feminist Performance
Independent Study on Theatre as Autonomous Art
Independent Study on Contemporary Puppetry Performance
Independent Study on Contemporary Japanese Performance
Independent Study on Directing House Arrest
Independent Study on Journalism and Theatre
Independent Study on Stage Management
Courses taught at the University of Minnesota TH4178: Survey of Dramatic Literature II (2007)
[supervised student independent research project on Chinese performance and globalization] TH1111 and TH1101: Introduction to Theatre (2006)
TH3120: Bodies in Performance: A Critical and Creative Exploration of Performance Art (2005)
TH1301: Acting for Non-Majors (2004)
Courses taught at Macalester College Sources of Global Performance (2007) Modern Global Performance (2008)
Directing at Hamilton College Dry Land - Director, Hamilton College, January 2017
Directing, Devising, Producing at St. Olaf College Cabaret - Director, St. Olaf College, Spring 2016 The Love of Three Oranges – Director, St. Olaf College, Fall 2014
The Baltimore Waltz – Director, St. Olaf College, Fall 2013
Gideon’s Knot – Actor, Faculty Recital, St. Olaf College, Fall 2013
White Nights – Co-Director, St. Olaf College, Spring 2013
Poe Pieces – Director, St. Olaf College, Spring 2013
Making It in the Arts Cabaret – Curator, St. Olaf College, Fall 2012
God of Carnage – Actor, Faculty Recital, St. Olaf College, Fall 2012
Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov – Director, St. Olaf College, Spring 2012
Coreopera – Cross-Disciplinary Performance Piece, St. Olaf College, Spring 2012
Vodka, Fucking and Television by Maksym Kurochkin– Director, Russian Department Reading Series, St. Olaf College, Spring 2011.
Just Show Up Impromptu - Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration, St. Olaf College, Spring 2010.
bobrauschenbergamerica by Charles Mee - Director, St. Olaf College, Fall 2009
An Evening of Feminist Performance – Curator, St. Olaf College, January 2009.
Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind – Director, St. Olaf College, Fall 2008
Life is a Dream by Pedro Calderón de la Barca – Director, St. Olaf College, J-Term 2008
The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco – Director, St. Olaf College, Faculty Recital, Spring 2007
Action and Cowboy Mouth by Sam Shepard – Director, St. Olaf College, Fall 2006
Directing, Devising, Producing at University of Minnesota
Performance Art Extravaganza – Organizer/Producer, University of Minnesota, Spring
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Woyzeck by Georg Büchner – Director, Translator, University of Minnesota, Fall 2004
Endgame by Samuel Beckett – Producer, University of Minnesota, Fall 2002
IV. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY Directing Mama’s Boy – Performance collaboration with Scotty Gunderson. Buoyant Collective, Minneapolis, MN. August 2011.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare– Director, Northfield Arts Guild, Summer 2010
Helen by Ellen McLaughlin - Director, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Summer 2009
Brilliant Traces by Cindy Lou Johnson – Director, Summer 2007
Acting – member of Actors’ Equity Association Twin Cities One Minute Play Festival ensemble dir. Scotty Gunderson, at Southern
Theatre Gideon’s Knot Heather dir. Wendy Knox, Faculty Recital
Mama’s Boy Mama Devised Work, Buoyant Collective
The Oldest Story Cori, Shiduri dir. Lisa Channer, Theatre Novi Most
How I Got to Cleveland Woman dir. Jo Bonney, P.S. 122
India Song Bald Beggar Woman dir. David Herskovits,
Target Margin Theatre
Twelfth Night Viola/Sebastian dir. Lou Jacob
Penthisilea Megaris dir. David Herskovits, HERE
Target Margin Theatre
Other Places Jemimah dir. Martha Banta, New Georges
American Repertory Theatre
The Island of Anyplace Jennifer King Lear Cordelia u/s The Seagull Nina u/s
dir. Thomas Derrah
dir. Adrian Hall
dir. Ron Daniels
Times of War The Sure Thing The Taming of the Shrew
Adirondack Theatre Festival
Adirondack Theatre Festival
Shakespeare & Co.
Doris/Mary Sue Betty Biondello
Performance Review, The Walker Art Center’s 2014 Out There Series, Theatre Journal, 66:3 (October 2014): 454-458.
Book Review, On the Uses of the Fantastic in Modern Theatre. Theatre Survey, 52:1 (May 2011): 203-205.
Performance Review, Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, Theatre Journal, 61:4
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(December 2009): 623-624.
Book Review, 'Divine Thalie': the Career of Jeanne Quinault, Theatre History Studies, 29 (2009): 244-246.
Book Review, Postdramatic Theatre, Theatre Topics, 18:2 (September 2008): 248-249.
Performance Review, Dark Nights: The Museum Soliloquies, Theatre Journal, 59:4 (December 2007): 651-652.
Book Review, Women on Stage in Stuart Drama, Theatre Journal, 59:3 (October 2007): 537-539.
Performance Review, Reeling, Theatre Journal, 58:4 (December 2006): 671-672.
Academic Professional Blogs
Willcoxon, Jeanne and James Brandon. “Dreaming of Theatre History: Pedagogy in the Trenches.” Theatre Historiography. The University of Michigan Press, 18 August 2014. Web. 19 August 2014.
Willcoxon, Jeanne. “Thoughts from the 2014 Theatre History and Theatre as a Liberal Art Preconference.” Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Theatre History Focus Group, 4 August 2014. Web. 19 August 2014.
National Conference Organization “Dreaming of Theatre History: Pedagogy in the Trenches” July 2014 Co-organized the national pre-conference to the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s annual conference in Scottsdale, AZ.
Conference Presentations – National and Regional American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) - Minneapolis, MN, November 2016 Paper for the Working Group on Amateur Acts: “The Aged Amateur”
Association for Theater in Higher Eduction (ATHE) - Chicago, IL, August 2016
Presented Paper: “The State of the Discipline in 1986"
ASTR- Portland, OR, November 2015.
Paper for the Working Group on Postdramatic Theatre: “Postdramatic Theater and the Non-Actor” Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC) – Kansas City, MO, March 2015.
Presented Paper: “The Non-Actor and the Ethics of Looking in Postdramatic Theatre”
Chaired Panel: “Liberated Spectators”
Acted in Playwriting Symposium: Spoken Roses by Peter Wood
Mentored Undergraduate: Kathleen Cueller, Trinity University
Worked with St. Olaf College undergraduate student, Adam Levonian, to develop his theatre history (TH271) class paper (“Helen Resurrected: Objectification and the Presence of the Body in Ellen McLaughlin’s The Trojan Women”) for presentation in the undergraduate panel at MATC.
ATHE Preconference (Theatre History and Theatre as a Liberal Art Focus Groups) – Scottsdale, AZ, July 2014.
Presented Paper: “Dramaturgy, Digital Archives and Teaching Theatre History”
ASTR– Dallas, TX, November 2013
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Paper for Working Group on Postdramatic Theatre: “Is There Theatre Without an Actor?: She She Pop and the Postdramatic Non-Actor”
ATHE Annual Conference – Orlando, Florida, August 2013
Presented Paper on “Paths from the Chicken Coop: Interdisciplinary Work and the NTT”
ATHE Annual Conference – Washington, DC, August 2012
Organized Panel on: “Interdisciplinary Performance in the Liberal Arts: Challenges, Strategies and Success Stories”
MATC – Chicago, IL, March 2012
Paper: “Working with Graduates: Nurturing New Relationships through the Work of Theatre”
Worked with St. Olaf College undergraduate student, Ryan Evans, to develop his theatre history (TH271) class paper (“Universality in Pullman Car Hiawatha: Transportive and Communicative Technologies of the Second Industrial Revolution and their Influence on Thornton Wilder and Early 20th Century Theatre”) for presentation in the undergraduate panel at MATC.
MATC – Minneapolis, MA, March 2011
Paper: “The A.R.T. Four: Company, Quality and the American Repertory Theatre”
Chair for History Symposium Session: “The Broken Piggy Bank: Funding and Finances of Theatre Companies”
ASTR (American Society for Theatre Research) Annual Conference– Seattle, WA, 2010
Co-chair and organizer of Working Session #23 “The Power of Absent Bodies”
MATC - Cleveland Ohio, 2010
Paper: "Kushner and The Guthrie: A Match Made in America" Chair for History Symposium Session: "Ballyhoo Old and New: Ceremonies, Stunts and Targeted Mischief!"
ATHE Annual Conference– New York City, 2009
Paper: “Bacon, the Masques and the “Price of Looking”
MATC– Chicago, 2009
Paper: “Oﬀ the Beaten Track: Driveways, Puppetry and the Art of Making Contact”
Chair for History Symposium Session: “Classing up Adaptations”
ASTR – Phoenix, 2007
Paper: “Making Space: Meeting Neighbors in The Driveway Tour”
ATHE – New Orleans, 2007
Paper: “Revisiting Adorno’s Autonomous Artwork: Questioning the Reality and Eﬃcacy of ‘Practice’ Separated from ‘Theory’”
MATC– Minneapolis, 2007
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Paper: “Marking the Moment of Indecorum or How the Performer Fails the Performance”
AAG (Association of American Geographers) – Chicago, 2006.
Paper: “Erasing the Strange: The Masque of Queens”
ASTR - Las Vegas, 2004
Paper: “The Loathsome Sight: The Masque of Blackness and the Contagious Body of a Woman”
MATC - Chicago, 2004
Paper: “Encountering Strangeness in the Queen’s Masques: Witches, Blackamores and Bare-Armed Bodies”
ATHE - Toronto, 2004
Panel: “Mama’s Gonna Buy You a Looking Glass: Balancing Family, Art and Academe on the Tenure Track and Beyond”
GEMCS (Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies)- Newport Beach, 2003
Paper: “The Horse, The Poodle, and The Woman: Goethe and Karoline Jagemann”
ASTR - Philadelphia, 2002
Paper: “The Haunted Immediate: A Rearticulation of Geist in the Discourse of German Expressionism”
Graduate Student Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
Paper: “The Sorrows of a Not-So-Young Goethe on the Stage of the Weimar Court Theatre”
Space, Place, and Memory Symposium, University of Minnesota, 2001
Paper: “Weimar on the 5th of December, Toward Evening, On a Still Night.”
Roundtables/Working Groups (National)
ASTR – Dallas, TX 2013
Book Discussion Group – Theatre History Focus Group (Association for Theatre in Higher Education)
ASTR - Las Vegas, 2004
National Identity/National Culture Working Group
Paper: “The Early Theatre of Ernst Toller and the Enactment of Nation”
Post-show panelist for Gioa De Cari’s performance of Truth Values, which examines “the challenges of being a professional woman in [the] male-dominated field” of math – Spring 2012
Post-show panelist for Frank Theatre’s production of Caryl Churchill’s Vinegar Tom, Fall 2008; Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Spring 2010; and Ellen McLaughlin’s Ajax in Iraq, Fall 2011.
Guest Lecturer, University of Minnesota, “The Queen’s Masques,” Graduate Seminar,
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Department of Theatre and Dance, Spring 2009, Spring 2012.
Professional Organizations and Activities
Theatre History Focus Group (THFG) of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) – Nominating Committee member 2013-2015
National Communication Association - 2009-present
Minnesota State Arts Board – Panelist for Arts Tour Minnesota Applications, December 2011, 2014, 2015 and October 2016.
Central States Communication Association - 2009-2012
Mid-America Theatre Theatre Conference Member – 2008- present
Association for Theatre in Higher Education Member – 2005-present
American Society for Theatre Research Member - 2002-present
Adirondack Theatre Festival Founding Committee - 1996-present
Actors’ Equity Association Member – 1992-present
AAUP – St. Olaf College Secretary Fall 2011- present; Director State AAUP 2012-2014.
Awards/Fellowships at St. Olaf College
Summer 2014 Faculty Development Grant to enable ATHE attendance and participation. Summer 2014 Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) Grant for Student/Faculty Research Collaboration on: “Dramaturgical Research: Digital Applications, Resources, and Exhibition”
Spring 2013 Magnus the Good Award for collaboration with Dr. Marc Robinson and student Sterling Melcher
Summer 2012 Faculty Development Grant to enable ATHE attendance and participation.
Summer 2010 CURI Grant for Student/Faculty Research Collaboration on “Teaching Shakespeare to Young Adults”
Summer 2009 Teaching and Curriculum Development Grant for Theatre Department
Summer 2008 Faculty Development Summer Artistic Activity Grant
2007/2008/2009/2010 Travel Grants for conference presentations
Selected Awards/Fellowships from the University of Minnesota
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2005-2006 Graduate School Fellowship 2000-2001
V. College Activities College Committees - St. Olaf College Senior Speaker Committee - Spring 2015 (select senior speaker for graduation) Curriculum Committee - Spring 2008 (member Continuing Programs Subcommittee), 2010- 2013 (member New Proposals Subcommittee)
CURI (Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry) Advisory Board member – Fall 2011- present
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Faculty Governance Committee - Fall of 2015 Fine Arts Conversation Committee Member – Fall 2011 - present
Making it in the Arts Conference committee and participant– 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008
College Theme Committee for Fine Arts Faculty - Spring 2010
CIS Major Committees: Olaf Samuelson, LaVana Colebrooke, Andrew Watt, Caroline Holden
Pandemic Course Selection Committee - Summer 2009
Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Committee – 2008-2010
Learning Community on Anxiety – 2008-2009
Workshops (as organizer and participant)
Oral Communication Workshop, St. Olaf College - Northfield, MN, Spring Semester 2016
Organized oral communication workshop for St. Olaf faculty. Sessions throughout the spring semester included guest workshops by Stephen Brookfield on “Discussion as a Way of Teaching,” by University of Minnesota professors Bethany Peters and Robin Murie on “Working with Diverse Learners in the ORC Classroom,” and Dr. Adrienne Christiansen of Macalester College on “Assessing Oral Communication.”
The Moving Company A(udacity) Workshop - Minneapolis, MN, September October, 2015
Led by Dominique Serrand, founder of The Moving Company and co-founder of Theatre de la Jeune Lune, and actor Nathan Keepers, this workshop for advanced theatre practitioners taught the physical theatre techniques of the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq.
Organizer CILA (Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts) Lunch – Northfield, MN, September 16, 2014.
Organized a session on innovative oral communication assignments constructed by St. Olaf faculty.
Oral Communication Workshop, St. Olaf College – Northfield, MN, June 3-5, 2013
Organized oral communication workshop for faculty on how to assess and construct oral communication assignments for designated ORC (oral communication) coéurses. Organized and/or led sessions on: speeches, discussion, integrating technology into oral communication work, team-based learning as a way of teaching, and constructing an oral communication course.
Ethics Workshop, St. Olaf College – Northfield, MN, Spring Semester 2011
In preparation for teaching an ethics-designated course at St. Olaf, I studied a variety of normative ethical frameworks (including perspectives from Christian theological tradition) with Dr. Edmund Santurri.
Teagle-Funded Oral Communication Workshops with Dr. Patricia Palmerton – February and March, 16, 2011
Organized two workshops on evaluating and designing oral presentation and discussion assignments for students.
Oral Communication Workshop, St. Olaf College – Northfield, MN, June 7-9, 2010
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Organized an oral communication workshop for faculty at St. Olaf College with Dr. Adrienne Christiansen (Macalester College) and Dr. Jo Beld (St. Olaf College).
Organizer CILA (Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts) Lunch on integrating oral communication activities into course content (March 17, 2010) and using discussion in the classroom (April 12, 2011)
India Workshop, St. Olaf College – Northfield, MN, June 14-17, 2010.
Studied history and culture of India to incorporate knowledge of Indian performance and theatre into courses.
Team-Based Learning Workshop with Larry Michaelson – Northfield, MN, January 29-30, 2009
Attended workshop taught by author of Team-Based Learning, Larry Michaelson. Learned strategies of team-based learning to implement in classes.
LaMama Directing Symposium – Umbria, Italy, Summer 2008
Attended symposium on directing with workshops taught by: Naum Panovski (“Collaboration and Aesthetics of Joe Chaikin”); Patrick Acogny (“Directing Using African Dance Forms”); Federico Restrepo (“Puppetry and Visual Theatre”); and Leigh Fondakowski (“Moment Work”).
St. Olaf Summer Camp – Northfield, MN, Summer 2007-2014
Taught workshop on auditioning.
Harmony Theatre – Minneapolis, MN, 2006
Taught children’s theatre workshop for children of Russian immigrants
Neighborhood Bridges/Children’s Theatre Company – Minneapolis, MN, 2000-2001
Helped implement Neighborhood Bridges program of learning via storytelling and theatre at Lucy Laney Elementary School in Minneapolis
Children’s Theatre Workshop – Adirondack Theatre Festival, 1995
Taught in workshop and was on planning committee.
Miscellaneous St. Olaf College
Academic Advisor to an average of 20 students per year.
Director Mentor to Sterling Melcher, student director for Romeo and Juliet – Fall 2011 Faculty Member for Senior Dance Projects of Sarah Weathers – Fall 2009; Ashley Tanberg Yergens– Fall 2013; and for Grace Wehrspann – Fall 2014.
Honor House Advisor for the Gender Equity and Equality (GEE) House – Academic Year 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
MC for 2013 STO Talks (a St. Olaf event based on TED Talks) – Spring 2013
Scholar's Day Interviewer - Spring 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Student Theatre Distinction Committee Member: Kristyn Art, Kevin Meyer, Liz Rossing
URTA Audition Coach – January 2009, 2011, 2012
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Guest Lectures/Classes at St. Olaf
Last Lecturer “Things, Thought and Theatre” - Spring 2016 (selected by graduating class of 2016 at St. Olaf to give the last lecture before the class graduates)
St. Olaf on the Road – Spring 2013 (an Admissions event that brings mini-lectures on the road to alumni and prospective students)
Guest on Directing Life is a Dream (Spanish 271)– Spring 2012 and 2013
Guest on Directing Chekov – Spring 2012, TH110 and ENGL185
Library Talks event – mini-lecture on and readings from the works of Georg Büchner – Fall 2011
Guest on performing Shakespeare: King Lear in Renaissance Literature (ENG220) – Fall 2010
Guest on using text in performance – Spring 2010, Spring 2013 Advanced Choreography Class
Lecture on David Henry Hwang's Yellow Face - Spring 2010, Combined American Conversation Class
Guest instructor/lecturer on Woyzeck – Fall 2009, 2010 – Text and Performance Speaker at Language and Literature Group on Life is a Dream - February 2008
Guest instructor/lecturer on Directing – Fall 2006, 2008 and Spring 2008, General Education 111L Guest instructor/lecturer on Artaud – Fall 2006-2014 Introduction to Directing
Guest instructor/lecturer on Directing Shepard – Fall 2006, Introduction to Theatre Guest instructor/lecturer on Gender and Race in Jacobean England – Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Topics in Shakespeare
Guest Visits Arranged (see also Workshops) St. Olaf College
Stephen Brookfield, CILA Lunch on “Discussion as a Way of Teaching” on April 12, 2011.
Patricia Palmerton, CILA series on oral communication, February and March, 2011.
Leigh Fondakowski of Tectonic Theatre Project, visit to St. Olaf College with dinner talk and "moment" workshop for students, April 30 and May 1, 2010.
Lee Breuer of Mabou Mines, visit to St. Olaf College with talk on September 16, 2009