LECTURER, THEATRE HISTORY, COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE, PEDAGOGY
MFA Dramaturgy, Stony Brook University
Elizabeth Bojsza graduated from Stony Brook University's MFA dramaturgy program in 2004, and returned to Stony Brook to join the faculty shortly thereafter. As the Graduate Teaching Mentor, Ms. Bojsza mentors and supervises graduate students in their teaching practice. She also teaches play analysis, Western Theater History, American Theatre, public speaking, and Prevention Through the Arts--a nearly 20 year old community performance partnership with the University’s Center for Prevention and Outreach. Current projects include America-in-Play’s Recovery Project under the artistic direction of Lynn M. Thomson, for which she received a Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas residency grant to serve as Lead Dramaturg. The Recovery Project is a two-year collaborative project that will discover and reconstruct lost plays from American theater history, as well as create new hybrid works inspired by the originals. From 2008-2013, she served as Literary Manager of Young Playwrights Inc., a non-profit theatre company founded by Stephen Sondheim and dedicated to fostering the development of playwrights 18 years of age and younger. She still works with the company, leading playwriting and teacher training workshops and collaborating on curriculum revision. She also works professionally as a dramaturg, and director of community performance projects, including Swamp Gravy: Georgia’s Folk Life Play. Ms. Bojsza received the Stony Brook University’s John Gassner Award for Dramaturgy in 2004 and the Shirley Strum Kenney Arts Festival alumni teaching award in 2013.
Classes begin August 27th
Auditions for fall shows: Sept. 1 and 2nd
Welcome meeting: September 7th, campus lifetime
What your faculty did this summer:
Izumi Ashizawa remounted "Mysterious Lake" at Long Island Children's Museum, was in on-going rehearsals for "Le Chemine des Reves" in Montreal, and served a guest tutor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Elizabeth Bojsza taught a workshop in Community Performance for the Pre-College Institute, and look forward to leading a similar workshop at the Stage The Change conference in November http://www.stagethechange.org/.
Mallory Catlett is working on: Circling the Center by Nene Humpphey to be performed on October 12, 13, and 14 in NYC and DECODER 2017 with text by William Burroughs to be performed December 3rd at La Mama in NYC.
Amy Cook finished her manuscript on casting and an essay on Shakespeare, language and cognition.
Steve Marsh worked with scientists across the country leading Improvisation workshops and Media training for the Alda Center in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Philadelphia, Denver, at UC Santa Barbara, Cornell University and Cold Spring Harbor Labs.
Deb Mayo acted in "After," a yet- to- be released web series written by and starring one of our graduates, Joshua Schubart.
Ken Weitzman was a writer-in-residence at the New Harmony Project where he developed two new plays and then co-lead a two-week workshop with playwright Naomi Iizuka at the Sewanee Writers Conference at the University of the South.
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