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Research-Driven Experimental Theatre

John Lutterbie

John Lutterbie
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


Phone: 631-632-4596

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.

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