Ph.D. Performance Studies, University of California, Davis, June 2011
Designated Emphasis: Critical Theory
Fields: Performance Theory, Performance Ethnography, 20th Century and Contemporary American Drama, Modern Performance, Performance Art, Religious Studies
Honors: Davis Humanities Institute Dissertation Year Fellow 2010-2011
Dissertation: Performance Apophatics: Theatre, Liturgy, and the Ethics of Unknowability.
M.A. Transforming Spirituality (Theology), Seattle University, August 2006
Fields: Christian Theology, Spirituality, Theologies of Liberation
and Social Justice, Feminist Theology
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Internship: Program Manager for “The Sanctuary Arts Center,” a day
center for homeless teens in Seattle’s University District.
B.A. English Literature and Theatre, Seattle Pacific University, June 2003
Honors: Summa Cum Laude with honors in academics
Senior Thesis: Getting at George Herbert Two Ways
TEACHING and RESEARCH INTERESTS
20th Century and contemporary drama (specifically modern American and British), dramatic literature, theatre history, performance studies (theory and performance analysis), critical theory, philosophy and performance, religion and theatre, ritual studies, liturgy and liturgical drama, interculturalism in theatre, performance philosophy, contemporary and traditional Asian theatre (specifically Korean masked dance drama and the ‘original Korean musical’).
ACADEMIC HONORS AND AWARDS
Sogang University Faculty Research Grant 2013-2014
Sogang University Faculty Research Grant 2012-2013
Davis Humanities Institute Dissertation Year Fellowship in the Humanities, 2010-11
Finalist, Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Year Fellowship in Religion and Ethics, 2010
UCD Chancellor’s Teaching Fellowship, 2009-2010
Selected participant in the Summer Institute in Performance Studies, Northwestern
University Center for Global Studies, July 2009
UCD and Humanities Graduate Research Award in Performance Studies for 2009-2010
Consortium for Women and Research Travel Award, 2009
UCD and Humanities Graduate Research Award in Performance Studies for 2008-2009
Selected participant in the University of California International Performance and Culture
Graduate Institute, June 2008.
UCD Graduate Student Association Travel Award, Spring 2008
Dean of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies Fellowship, UC Davis, 2006-2007
Tuition Grant, Seattle University, Fall 2005
Wesley Lingrin Award, for excellence in scholarship and service, Seattle Pacific
University, Spring 2003
C. Demaray Scholarship for excellence in English, Seattle Pacific University, Fall 2002
President’s Scholar, Seattle Pacific University, Fall 1999-Spring 2003
National Council of Teachers of English Writing Award, Spring 1999
The Young Artists and Writers Award, Silver Award, Portfolio Category, Spring 1999
Performance Studies and Negative Epistemology: Performance Apophatics. Performance
Philosophy Series, Palgrave Macmillan, February 2016. Forthcoming
Performing Religion in Public, co-edited with Joshua Edelman and Simon DuToit.
Houndsmills and New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013.
Journal Articles, Chapters, and Reviews
“Blessed Are the Poor in Taste: Cuteness in Christian Devotional Imagery”, in The
Retrofuturism of Cuteness, edited by Jen Boyle and Wan Chuan Kao. Punctum Books, 2016. Forthcoming.
Review: “Musical Woyzeck”, directed by Yun Ho-Jin”, co-reviewed with Dong-
Hwan Alex Chun, Theatre Journal, October 2015.
“Transcultural Consumption through a ‘Queer’ Narrative: Douglas Maxwell’s Our Bad
Magnet in Seoul”, Theatre Journal Volume 67 issue 2, May 2015 pp. 235-252.
“Liturgy”, Ecumenica Journal of Theatre and Performance, Volume 7 issues 1 and 2
(2014), Special Issue: “Critical Terms in Religion, Spirituality, and Performance”,
“Mythologizing the Global with the ‘Korean Original Musical’”, Theatre Research
International 39.3, Summer 2014, pp. 168-181.
“Epistle and Episteme: Yee Sookyung’s ‘The Very Best Statue’ and the Art Object as
Social Space”, Text and Performance Quarterly 34.2, April 2014, pp. 125-143.
“Introduction: The Public Problem of Religious Doings”, co-authored with Joshua
Edelman and Simon DuToit in Performing Religion in Public, Palgrave
MacMillan, 2013, pp. 1-26.
“Chapter 12: Busking and the Performance of Generosity: a Political Economy of the
Spiritual Gift,” in Performing Religion in Public, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013, pp.
“Holier Than Thou: Religion as Teaching Tool in the Rhetoric of Secularism, and the
Case of Osama Bin Laden’s Burial at Sea,” Ecumenica Journal 5.4, Fall 2012, pp.
13-25. Special Issue: Faith, Politics, and Performance.
“The Common and the Holy: what icons teach us about ‘performance,’” Liturgy Journal
28.1, October 2012, pp. 18-30. Special Issue: Liturgy and Performance.
“Street Church and Service as Salutation: the Public Ecclesiology of the South of Market
Churches.” Performance Research Journal vol. 16, issue 2, Spring 2011, pp. 65-
“Theatre in Absentia and Negative Theology: the ‘theatre that may or may not be theatre’
of Implied Violence.” Performance and Spirituality vol. 2, issue 1, Spring 2011,
“The Rhetoric of Ritual: Congregational Liturgical Dance as Performance Theory.”
Performance Research Journal vol. 13, no. 3, Summer 2008, pp. 100-108.
Review: “Performing Loss: Rebuilding Community through Theatre and Writing, by Jodi
Kantor.” New England Theatre Journal vol. 19, issue 2, 2008, pp. 115-117.
“Entertaining the Gods, Appeasing Ourselves: René Girard’s Theories of Sacrifice and
Reality TV’s America’s Next Top Model,” Journal of Religion and Theatre, vol.
6 no. 2, Fall 2007, pp. 56-68.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS and PAPERS
“Democracy and Apophasis: Longing for a Just Community”. International Federation of
Theatre Researchers (IFTR), Hyderabad, India. July 2015.
“To Belong without Belonging: Musical Woyzeck and the Question of Global Genre”.
Crossing Borders: Theatre and Cultural Encounters, conference at the University
of Helsinki Department of Theatre Studies in association with the Association of
Nordic Theatre Scholars. Helsinki, Finland. May 2015.
“Solidarity and the (Stained) Glass Ceiling: Researching Women’s Ordination”.
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Scottsdale, Arizona,
“‘The Oblivion of Difference’ and James Baldwin’s Performative Afropessimism”.
American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Dallas, Texas, November 2013.
“Religion, Theatre, and Performance: Acts of Faith: Responding to a
Significant Publication”. Association for Theatre in Higher Education,
Orlando, Florida, August 2013.
“Becoming World’ through the ‘Original Korean Musical’”, Performance Studies
International (PSI), Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, June 2013.
“This Image which is Not One: Edwina Sandys’ Christa (1975)”. American Society for
Theatre Research (ASTR), Nashville, TN, November 2012. (Remote participant)
“Historicizing Transcendence: Philosophy and ‘Faithful Performance.’” International
Federation for Theatre Research, Santiago, Chile, August 2012. (Remote
“‘Philosophies of Religion, Theories of Performance’ or ‘Theory/Theology.’”
Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Washington, DC, August 2012.
“Holier Than Thou: Religion as Teaching Tool in the Rhetoric of Secularism, and the
Case of Osama Bin Laden’s Burial at Sea.” American Society for Theatre
Research, Montreal, QC, Canada, November 2011.
“Questioning the Transformative Norm.” Roundtable organizer/participant on the legacy
and influence of Victor Turner’s From Ritual to Theatre. Association for Theatre
in Higher Education Conference, Chicago, IL, August 2011.
“The Labor of Liturgy and Iconographic Participation at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal
Church.” Embodiment Lecture Series, Davis Humanities Institute, University of
California, Davis, April 2011.
“‘Theatre in Absentia’ and Negative Theology: the ‘theatre that may or may not be
theatre’ of Implied Violence.” Graduate Group in Performance Studies Seminar.
Guest responder: Hans Thies Lehman. University of California, Davis, February
“The Ethics of Absence: Tony Kushner, Emmanuel Levinas, and Performance as
Substitution.” American Society for Theatre Research Conference, Seattle, WA, November 2010.
“The Public Performance of Personal Religious Identity.” Creating and Acting Identity
Symposium, University of California, Davis, October 2010.
“James Baldwin and the Politics of Conversion.” Association for Theatre in Higher
Education Conference, Los Angeles, CA, August 2010.
“On The Verge of Madness: Susan Glaspell’s Spiritual Expressionism and the Mystic-
Madwoman.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, Los Angeles, CA, August 2010.
“Street Church and Service as Salutation: the Public Ecclesiology of the South Mission
Churches.” Performance Studies International Conference, Toronto, Ontario, June
“The Roman Catholic Womenpriests: Re-visioning and Re-inscribing Community
through Performative Contradiction.” Association for Theatre in Higher
Education Conference, New York, NY, August 2009.
“Form and Function in Lessing’s Nathan the Wise: Translating Philosophy into Drama.”
Davis Humanities Institute Graduate Research Symposium, University of California, Davis, May 2009.
“Formlessness through Form; Form through Formlessness: Susan Glaspell’s Performative
Ethics.” 33rd Comparative Drama Conference, Los Angeles, CA, April 2009.
“Being towards Nullity”: Engaging Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul as Politically
Grounded, Mystically Interrogative, and Theologically Inclined” (Emerging Scholar for the Religion and Theatre Focus Group). Association for Theatre in
Higher Education Conference, Denver, CO, August 2008.
“Running and Hiding: Religious Identity as Ethnic Identity in James Baldwin’s The Amen
Corner.” 32nd Comparative Drama Conference, Los Angeles, CA, April 2008.
“The Weeping Virgin Speaks: Religious Apparition as ‘Divine Performance.’” 31st
Comparative Drama Conference, Los Angeles, CA, April 2007.
CONFERENCE PANELS AND PRECONFERENCE PROGRAMS ORGANIZED:
“Spirituality as Critique”, preconference program curated with Beth Hoffman in
collaboration between the Religion and Theatre Focus Group and the Performance
Studies Focus Group, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Scottsdale,
Arizona, 23-24 July, 2014.
“Religion and Theatre: New Methodologies for Research, Performance, and Pedagogy”.
Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Scottsdale, Arizona, July 2014.
“Transactions with Alternatives: myth, ritual, exorcism”. Association for Theatre in
Higher Education, Orlando, Florida, August 2013.
“Why ‘Religion? Why Now? New Directions, Approaches, and Vocabulary for Religion
and Theatre.” Interdisciplinary discussion panel. Association for Theatre in
Higher Education, Washington, DC, August 2012.
“The Past Influence and Future Legacy of Victor Turner’s From Ritual to Theatre.”
Interdisciplinary roundtable discussion, Association for Theatre in Higher
Education Conference, Chicago, IL, August 2011.
“Women Performing Spirituality in the Avant Garde.” Association for Theatre in Higher
Education Conference, Los Angeles, CA, August 2010.
“Emerging Scholars Debut Panel in Religion and Theatre: Dramatic Intersections
Between Religious, Cultural, and Performance Practices.” Association for Theatre
in Higher Education Conference, New York, NY, August 2009.
“Emerging Scholars Debut Panel in Religion and Theatre: Innovations in Performance
Practice and Theorizing Theatre.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Conference, New York, NY, August 2009.
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Sogang University, August 2012-present
ENG 3106: Modern American Drama
ENG 3103: Modern British Drama
ENG 3101: Understanding Drama
ENG 2101: Writing about Literature
ENG 2001: Introduction to English Literature
ENG 6032: Graduate Seminar in American and British Drama after WWII
ENG 6001: Graduate Seminar in Research Methodologies
ENG 6002: Graduate Seminar in Performance, “Literature and Performance”
EDUE 455: Studies in American and British Drama (for the Graduate School of
Lecturer, Department of Theatre and Dance, UC Davis, June-July 2011
DRA 154: Asian Theatre and Drama
Associate Instructor, Department of Theatre and Dance, UC Davis, Spring 2010
DRA 156cn: Modern Aesthetic Movements in Performance (co-taught with Dr. Jon Rossini as a UCD Chancellor’s Teaching Fellow)
Associate Instructor, Department of Theatre and Dance, UC Davis, Summer 2009
DRA 001: Theatre, Performance, and Culture
Associate Instructor, Department of Theatre and Dance, UC Davis, Winter 2009
DRA 156an: Performance Analysis: Making Myths and Social Change
Instructor, Department of Theatre and Dance, UC Davis, Summer 2007
DRA 10: Introduction to Acting for Non-majors
Teaching Assistant, Department of Theatre and Dance, UC Davis, Winter 2006-Spring
DRA 156an: Performance Analysis (Spring 2008)
DRA 156cn: Modern Performance (Winter 2008)
DRA 156bn: Theatre in History and Place (Spring 2007)
DRA 001: Performance and Culture (Winter 2007)
Teaching Assistant, Comparative Literature Department, UC Davis, Winter 2010
COM 7: Literature of Fantasy and the Supernatural
Teaching Assistant, Religious Studies Department, UC Davis, Fall 2006-Fall 2009
RST 40: New Testament (Fall 2006; Fall 2007; Fall 2009)
RST 003: Fundamentalism (Fall 2008)
RST 10: Contemporary Ethical Issues: Apocalyptic Ethics (Spring 2010)
ADDITIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Instructor: Stone Soup Theatre Summer Children’s Program, Seattle WA, Summer 2003
Courses: Introduction to Acting, Theatre Improv
Teaching Assistant: Seattle Children’s Theatre Drama School, Summer 2002
Courses: Playwriting, Acting, Improv, Stage Movement
PROFESSIONAL ACTOR TRAINING
January 2011-March 2011, MFA coursework in physical theatre with guest artist
Dominique Serrand, University of California, Davis.
September 2010 – December 2010, MFA coursework in Stanislavski technique (active
analysis) with Professor Bella Merlin, University of California, Davis.
December 2006 – March 2007, theatre improvisation courses with Randy Dixon, artistic
director, Unexpected Productions, Seattle, WA.
Faculty Director and Supervisor:
Act 1, an English-language student drama troupe
Department of English Literature at Sogang University.
As faculty director, I oversee the students’ production of one play each semester, beginning with the selection of a text, proceeding through the creation of rehearsal and production schedules, script analysis and rehearsals. The troupe has its own student director, who shadows me through the first few rehearsals, then takes control. I step in and advise when the students ask, or if they need help. In the spring of 2015 they produced Rhinoceros, and currently they are rehearsing All My Sons for the fall of 2015.
The St Mark’s Players, a community theatre out of St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, WA, September 2011-July 2012
Director, “Genius Loci: Spirit and Place,” a festival of new plays performed by
the St Mark’s Players, Seattle, WA, May, 2012
Director, “Nathan the Wise,” a performance workshop for undergraduates,
UC Davis, March to May of 2009.
Director, “Commun-onion,” outdoor ritual and labyrinth construction
performance at “Uncanny,” UC Davis, June 2007.
Director, “Love and Dreams,” in collaboration with choreographer Camille
Baldwin, Shivoo Dance Theatre, Seattle, WA. May 2006.
Director, “Ferris Wheel” by Mary Miller, Desert Rose Theatre Company, Seattle,
WA. August 2004.
Director, “Waiting for Joe Doe,” Stone Soup Theatre Children’s Summer
Program, Seattle, WA, August 2003.
Assistant Director, “The Horse and His Boy,” Seattle Children’s Theatre, July
Director, “Childhood,” by Thornton Wilder, Seattle Pacific University Theater
Department, May 2002.
Performer/Creator, “Erotic Agape Feast,” for the UC Davis Queer Studies
Symposium “Queer Privates Peep Show,” May 2010.
Dancer/Performer, “Mostly in Blue,” choreographed by MFA Marija Krtolica,
UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance, May 2008.
Actor, “Figure A, the Heart,” directed by MFA Emily Davis, UC Davis
Department of Theatre and Dance, May 2007. Role: Dr. Beatrice
Improviser/Performer, “Lipshtick,” an all-women improv troupe, Seattle, WA.
Sept. 2005 to August 2006.
Improviser/Performer, “The Seattle Neutrino Project,” improvised film, Seattle,
WA, June 2004 to August 2006.
Improviser, “Nightcap Comedy Improv,” Taproot Theatre Company, Seattle,
WA, June 2002 to June 2005.
Stage Manager, “Uncanny: The Infinite Ceiling: An Experiment in Organarchy,”
collaborative outdoor performance event, hosted by UC Davis
departments of Theatre and Dance, Art, Music and Technocultural Studies, June 2007.
Research Assistant for Professor Lawrence Bogad, UC Davis, April to June 2009.
Research Assistant for Professor Jon D. Rossini, UC Davis, January to March 2007.
UNIVERSITY AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Conference Planner, Religion and Theatre Focus Group with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 2011 to August 2014.
Pre-conference Planner, Religion and Theatre Focus Group with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, for the 2011 conference in Chicago, IL.
Symposium Manager and Assistant, “Creating and Acting Identity,” UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance, led by Professor Bella Merlin, October 2010.
Secretary, Religion and Theatre Focus Group with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Term of service: August 2009 to August 2011.
Graduate Student Representative, Religion and Theatre Focus Group with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 2008 to August 2009.
PhD Student Representative to the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance, 2008
and Fall 2009.
Alternate, Graduate Student Representative for the Department of Theatre and Dance to the UC Davis Graduate Student Association, 2008.
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
ATHE Focus Group: Theatre and Religion
Performance Studies International (PSi)
American Society of Theatre Research (ASTR)
Religion and Performance Working Group with the International Federation for
Theatre Research (IFTR)
Korean—level 3 (conversational); currently studying
Jon Rossini, Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance, UC Davis
[email protected]; +1 (916) 549-2616 (cell)
Wright Hall, One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Lynette Hunter, Professor of Theatre and Dance and the History of Rhetoric and Performance; Ph.D. Adviser, Theatre and Dance; Master Adviser, Performance Studies Program
[email protected] +1 (530) 759-9580 (home)
Room 8, Nelson Hall
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616
Daniel J. Disney, Professor of Poetry and English Literature, Sogang University
[email protected] +82-2-705-8296 (office)
Jeong Hasang Hall 806
35 Baekbom-ro, Mapo-gu
Seoul, Korea 121-742
Lance Gharavi, Associate Professor, Assistant Director of Theatre, and Chair of the MA in Theatre Program, Arizona State University
[email protected] (480) 727-3113 (office)
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
PO Box 872102
Tempe, AZ 85287-2102
Jill Stevenson, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, Marymount Manhattan College
[email protected] (212)-517-0617 (office)
221 E. 71 St.
New York, NY 10021