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JOHN LUTTERBIE

PROFESSOR, CHAIR OF THEATRE ARTS DEPARTMENT, THEORIES OF THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE, CO-DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR EMBODIED COGNITION, AFFILIATE APPOINTMENTS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ART AND THE DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL ANALYSIS AND THEORY

 
Ph.D in Theatre History and Criticism - University of Washington
MFA in Directing - University of Texas at Austin
 
Teaching: Theories of Theatre, Theories of Performance, and History of Performance Art
 
Dr. Lutterbie holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Texas at Austin and the PhD in Theatre History and Criticism from the University of Washington in Seattle. His research interests are exploring the value of neuroscience and dynamic systems theory to understanding the nature of theatre and performance. His most recent book, Toward a General Theory of Acting: Cognitive Science and Performance (Palgrave-Macmillan), is an application of the research to the art of the actor. Currently he is using his understanding of the brain and complex systems to develop a theory of time-based aesthetics and explore the function of art as an instrument of change in everyday life. He served as Associate Director of the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook, and is the founder and co-director of the Center for Embodied Cognition, an interdisciplinary research center that uses the Arts as the focal point for understanding cognition, the body and intersubjective relationships. He has published widely, including his first book Hearing Voices: Modern Drama and the Problem of Subjectivity (University of Michigan Press), chapters in Performance and Cognition: Theatre Studies and the Cognitive Turn (Palgrave-Macmillan), Affective Performance and Cognitive Science: body, brain and being (Methuen), The Routledge Companion to Michael Chekhov and essays in Theatre Journal, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Performance Research, The Journal of Psychiatry and the Humanities, and Modern Drama.

Hearing VoicesGeneral Theory of Acting

 

Contact: john.lutterbie@stonybrook.edu 631-632-4596

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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 

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.

 

Department of Theatre Arts • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5450
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