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JACOB JUNTUNEN

Curriculum vitae

June, 2015

Theater Department

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

1100 Lincoln Dr

Carbondale, IL 62901

Office: (618) 453-5741

EDUCATION:

2007    Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Program in Theatre and Drama, Northwestern University

2013    M.A. in Playwriting, Ohio University

2004    M.A. in Theatre, Northwestern University

1999    B.A. in English, Reed College

1996    A.A. Oregon Transfer Degree, Clackamas Community College

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS:

2012 – Present            Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Theater Department
Head of Playwriting MFA and PhD Programs
Asst. Professor of Dramatic Literature/Criticism and Playwriting

2011 – 2011                Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (Poland)
English Department
Fulbright Professor of Drama

2009 – 2010                Mortar Theatre Company, Chicago
Founding Managing Director

2007 – 2010                School of the Art Institute of Chicago
English Department
Lecturer in Writing

2005 – 2010                University of Illinois, Chicago
Theatre Department
Lecturer in Theatre History

PUBLICATIONS:

Peer Reviewed Essays:

2015                “War During Peacetime: Mainstream Theatre, Mass Media, and the 1985 Premiere of The Normal Heart.” Peace and Change. Vol. 40, No. 1. January 2015. 63-82.

2012                “Presenting Death: Uncanny Performing Objects in Taduesz Kantor’s Dead Class.” Puppetry International. #31 Spring/Summer 2012. 14-18.

2012:               “Pain Overflowing Boundaries: Magical Realism in Contemporary US Drama.” Eyes Deep With Unfathomable Histories: The Poetics and Politics of Magic Realism Today and In the Past. Eds. Sikorska, Lillana and Rzepa, Agnieszka. Peter Lang: New York. 143-158.

Peer Reviewed Publications of Plays:

2014                 “See him?” Canyon Voices. Arizona State University: Issue 10 (Fall 2014).

2014                 “The Best Night of his Life.” Canyon Voices. Arizona State University: Issue 10 (Fall 2014).

Anthologized Plays

2014    “Saddam’s Lions.” Plays for Two. Vintage Press: New York. 415-425.

Edited Essays:

2013                “Turning History into Reality.” HowlRound. April 30.

2012                “Making the Radical Palatable: The Normal Heart and the AIDS Crisis.” HowlRound. Nov 4.

2011                (solicited) “’We Represent the Polish People’: The Western Press’ Portrayal of Tadeusz Kantor’s Cricot 2 Performances at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.” Polish-AngloSaxon Studies. 2011.

2011                (solicited) “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train and Under America: How Mainstream Reviews Represent the Guilty and Obscure the Economics of the U.S. Prison Industry.” To Have or Have Not: New Essays on Commerce and Capital in Modernist Theatre. Ed. James Fisher. McFarland: Jefferson, North Carolina and London. 2011.

2008                “Mainstream Theatre, Mass Media, and the 1985 Premiere of The Normal Heart: Negotiating Forces Between Emergent and Dominant Ideologies.” “We Will Be Citizens”: New Essays on Gay and Lesbian Theatre. Ed. James Fisher. McFarland: Jefferson, North Carolina and London. 2008. 7-32.

2006                “Repairing Reality: The Media and Homebody/Kabul in New York, 2001” Tony Kushner: New Essays on the Art and Politics of the Plays. Ed. James Fisher. McFarland: Jefferson, North Carolina and London. 2006. 172-189.

2005                “Infamous Commonwealth Theatre’s Weblog for The Kentucky Cycle.LMDA Review. 15:2 (Spring/Summer 2005): 5.

Reviews:

2013                “Review: Theatre J’s Our Class.” Theatre Journal. 65.3 (October 2013).

2010                “Review: Theatre Oobleck’s An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening.” Theatre Journal. 62:2 (May 2010).

2000                “The International Istanbul Theatre Festival”

A review published in Tiyatroda.com, Turkey’s online performance journal.

SELECTED PRODUCTIONS OF ORIGINAL PLAYS:

Teachers: Edward Albee, Charles Smith

Full Length Plays

2014    Joan’s Laughter (Best Original Play, Runner Up, Broadway World Columbus)

Produced by Shots in the Dark Productions, Columbus, OH; director director Jason Speicher.

2014    Joan’s Laughter

Produced by Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; directed by Megan Smith.

2012    Joan’s Laughter

Produced by the side project, Chicago; directed by Cecilie Keenan.

2010    Under America

Produced by Mortar Theatre, Chicago; directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith.

2008    The Uptown Trilogy, Part II: The Catholic Worker (commissioned)

Produced by Scrap Mettle SOUL, Chicago; directed by Stefan Brün

2007    The Uptown Trilogy, Part I: The Inspiration Café (commissioned)

Produced by Scrap Mettle SOUL, Chicago; directed by Stefan Brün

2006    Borderlines (commissioned)

Produced by Scrap Mettle SOUL, Chicago. Directed by Stefan Brün

2004    A Kind of Surrender

Produced by Infamous Commonwealth Theatre, Chicago. Director: Laura Forbes.

2002 A Kind of Surrender

Producer: Bleu Rat Productions, Minneapolis. Director: Hannah Baines.

2001    A Kind of Surrender

Producer: The Engaged Theatre: Portland, Oregon. Director: Jesse Baldwin.

1998    Screwscotch

Producer: Edward Albee and Stages Repertory Theatre: Houston. Director: Steve Spurgat.

Short Plays

2015    Nostalgia Isn’t What It Used To Be

Produced by City Theatre of Independence, Kansas City, MO; directed by Marcia Brownlee

2014    Dying Alone

Produced by Manhattan Repertory Theatre, New York City; directed by Allen Sermonia.

2014    See Him?

Produced by The Troika Collective, Vancouver, Canada, as part of the Belarusian Dream Theater.

2014    See Him?

Produced by European Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania, as part of the Belarusian Dream Theater.

2014    See Him?

Produced by Theatre Language Studio, Frankfurt, Germany, as part of the Belarusian Dream Theater.

2014    See Him?

Produced by Global Theatre Project, Florence, Italy, as part of the Belarusian Dream Theater.

2014    See Him?

Produced by Global Theatre Project, Los Angeles, as part of the Belarusian Dream Theater.

2014    See Him?

Produced by Stage Left Theatre, Chicago, as part of the Belarusian Dream Theater.

2014    See Him?

Produced by Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, as part of the Belarusian Dream Theater.

2013    Saddam’s Lions

Produced by Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; directed by Patrick McGregor.

2013    “Understanding.” Mid-American Theatre Conference, March 7 – 10.

2012    Harold and Aphra (commissioned)

Produced by Caffeine Theatre, Chicago; directed by Dan Smith.

2011    Code Name: Astrea!

Produced by Caffeine Theatre, Chicago; directed by Dan Smith.

2010    Saddam’s Lions

Produced by the Source Festival, Washington, D.C.; directed by Danielle Drakes

2010    Saddam’s Lions

Produced by the Thoroughbred Theatre, Midway, Kentucky; directed by Jeremy Kisling

2009    Saddam’s Lions

Produced by the Vet Arts Project, Chicago; directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith.

2008    Antigone the Dog

Produced by Caffeine Theatre, Chicago. Director: Joanie Schultz.

2008    Killing David Mamet

Produced by The Mill, Chicago. Director: Kit McKay.

2007    Waiting for Management

Produced by Wingspace Theatre, Ithaca, NY. Director: Nicholas J. Clarey.

2006    Here Be Dragons

Produced by Vestige Group, Austin. Director: Susie Gidseg.

2004    Waiting for Management

Produced as part of The 24 Hour Project by the Storefront Theatre and the Chicago Mayor’s Office as part of Chicago’s Winter Delights. Director: Jason Kae

SELECTED READINGS OF ORIGINAL PLAYS:

Full Length Plays

2015    Hath Taken Away

Producer: Last Frontier Theatre Conference (Valdez, AK); Director: Erin Dagon Mitchell

2015    Hath Taken Away

Producer: Chicago Dramatists; Director: Amy Szerlong

2014    In the Shadow of his Language (Scene Showcase)

Producers: Playwrights Horizons/Alliance Theatre; Director: Bevin O’Gara

2014    In the Shadow of his Language

Producer: Alliance Theatre; Director: Freddie Ashley

2013    In the Shadow of his Language

Producer: Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events / Illinois Arts Council; Director: Jacqueline Stone

2013    In the Shadow of his Language

Producer: Chicago Dramatists; Director: Jacqueline Stone.

2011    Joan’s Laughter

Producer: Chicago Dramatists; Director: Cecilie Keenan

2009    Under America

Producer: The Side Project Theatre; Director: Rachel Edwards Harvith

2008    Under America

Producer: Prop Thtr and the Artisan Theatre Project; Director: Sean Kelly

2007    Under America

Producer: Gallery 400 as part of the “Captive Audience” exhibit curated by Marc Fischer; Director: Joanie Schultz

2005    Lobsters and Lifers

Producer: Infamous Commonwealth Theatre. Director: Laura Forbes.

2003    A Kind of Surrender

Agnes Nixon New Plays Festival at Northwestern University. Director: Jeremy Wechsler.

1997    Where Hebrus Wanders

Producer: Edward Albee and the University of Houston: Houston, Texas. Director: Steve Spurgat.

Selected Short Play Readings

2013    Saddam’s Lions

Produced by the Core Artist Ensemble at Barrow Group Theatre, New York; directed by Rachel Casparian.

2010    One More Day

Producer: Chicago Dramatists; Director: Jeffrey Stanton

AWARDS AND HONORS:

2015                In the Shadow of his Language: Finalist, AACT NewPlayFest

2015                Hath Taken Away: Invited to Last Frontier Theatre Conference

2015                Hath Taken Away: Semi-Finalist in the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (top 22% of over 1300 submissions)

2015                Hath Taken Away: Finalist, Activate: Midwest New Play Festival

2014                Joan’s Laughter (Shots in the Dark Productions) – Best Original Play, Runner Up, BroadwayWorldColumbus.com

2014                Southern Illinois University Sustainability Grant: $11,000 to purchase eleven Sony Digital Paper devices in order to create the first paperless MFA program

2014                See Him? A ten-minute play was included in the Belarusian Dream Theater collaboration between 18 theatres in 13 countries.

2014                Thesaurus Poloniae Fellowship: Travel, lodging, and a monthly stipend for three month’s research in Kraków.

2013                Southern Illinois University NEH Summer Stipend Nominee (one of two nominees from the entire university)

2013-14           In the Shadow of his Language: Finalist in the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition

2013                In the Shadow of his Language: “In the Works” residency from Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCase) and the Illinois Arts Council

2013                In the Shadow of his Language: Semi-Finalist in the Princess Grace National Playwriting Fellowship (top 20% of over 200 submissions)

2013                In the Shadow of his Language: Semi-Finalist in the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (top 25% of over 1000 submissions)

2013                Reed College “Wall of Fame” for Distinguished Alumni upon the opening of the new Performing Arts Building.

2012                Understanding: Semi-Finalist in the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 10-Minute Play Category

2012                Understanding: Winner of the Region II Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 10-Minute Play Category

2012                1, 2, 3: Finalist in the Region II Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 10-Minute Play Category

2011                Fulbright Award: Faculty Fellowship, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

2011                Chicago Storefront Theatre use in Fall 2011; Department of Cultural Affairs; Spearheaded Mortar Theatr Company’s successful application

2010                Community Arts Assistant Program (CAAP) grant; City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council

2010                Arthur Kopit Master Class, Chicago Dramatists

2010                Senior Network Playwright, Chicago Dramatists

2009                Sundance 2010 Screenwriters Lab Finalist for After the Funeral

2009                Awarded Membership on the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee

2008                Christopher Brian Wolk Playwriting Award Finalist for Under America

2008                Tennessee Williams Scholarship to attend the Sewanee Writers’ Conference

2007                Driehaus Foundation Selected Under America for submission to the Sundance Institute Theatre Program Chicago Roundtable

2005-2006       Diedrich & Johnson Scholarship for Dissertation Writing

2005                Literary Managers and Dramaturgs Association Debut Panel Award (Association for Theatre in Higher Education Focus Group)

2005                Lee Blessing Scholarship to attend Timberlake Playwrights’ Colony

2005                Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, Northwestern University

2004                Graduate Research Grant from Northwestern University

2003                        Northwestern University’s Agnes Nixon New Play Award

2002                Graduate Student Debut Award from the American Theatre and Drama Society (Association for Theatre in Higher Education Focus Group)

2001–02          Northwestern University Fellowship

1998                        Edward Albee produced Screwscotch (an original play)

A four-month production workshop culminating in a production at Stages Repertory Theatre: Houston, Texas.

1997                        Edward Albee produced Where Hebrus Wanders (an original play)

A four-month workshop culminating in a staged reading at the University of Houston

1996                Phi Theta Kappa

1996                Clackamas Community College President’s Honors

INVITED TALKS:

2013    “Excerpt from Joan’s Laughter and Lecture.” Sigma Tau Delta, Honor’s English Fraternity, Southern Illinois University, April 16.

2012    “(How) Does Political Theatre Work?: The Normal Heart and the 1980s AIDS Crisis.”  Ohio University, April 27.

2011    “War During Peacetime: Mainstream Theatre, The Media, and AIDS Drama.” Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, May 27.

2011    “Pain Overflowing the Boundaries: Magic Realism in U.S. Drama.” Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, April 17.

SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS:

Plenary Presentations:

2014    “Object/Human: Performing Poland with Tadeusz Kantor’s Uncanny Onstage Objects.” American Society for Theatre Research, Nov 20-23

Panels Organized

2015    “Contesting Memories of Eastern Europe: Dissensus on the Stages of Belarus, Romania, Poland, and the Soviet Union.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 1-4.

2013    “Teaching Playwriting with Undergrads and Grad Students in the Room:

Approaches to Transgenerational Playwriting Pedagogy.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 1-4.

2013    “Grant and Application Writing for Playwrights.” The Dramatists Guild National Conference, August 22-25.

2012    “East European Theatre, Civic Reform: Performing Community from the Local to the International.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 2 – 5.

Papers Presented

2015    “Bio-Objects and Female Actors: Women Onstage in Tadeusz Kantor’s Theatre Representing Silenced Memories.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 1-4.

2015    “Tadeusz Kantor’s Uncanny Objects, my Grandmother, and Jakub Salomon: Exposing Silenced Memories of the Dead.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 1-4.

2015    “‘Poland, That is to Say Nowhere.’ America’s (Mis)Reading of Grotwoski as a Crack in Performance Studies Foundation.” Mid-America Theatre Conference, March 19-22. 

2013    “War During Peacetime: The Normal Heart and Mass Media.” The Peace History Society National Conference, October 24-27.

2013    “Grant Writing for Storytellers.” The Dramatists Guild National Conference, August 22-25.

2013    “Big Muddy Shorts: Staged Readings Written by Undergrads and Grad Students in Playwriting I.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 1-4.

2013    Understanding. A 10-minute play presented at the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC), March 7 – 10.

2012    “Person/Object: Taduesz Kantor’s Boundary Categories in Dead Class.” Association for the Advancement of Slavic East European and Eurasian Studies, November 15 – 18.

2012    “Performing the Distinction Between Human and Object: Taduesz Kantor’s Dead Class.” American Society for Theatre Research, November 1 – 4.

2012    “‘We Represent the Polish People’: Taduesz Kantor’s Theatre in the U.S. as Synecdoche for Poland’s Resistance to the U.S.S.R.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 2 – 5.

2010    “’We Represent the Polish People’: The Western Media’s Portrayal of Eastern Bloc Theatre at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.” American Comparative Literature Association, April 1 – 4.

2009    “’We Represent the Polish People’: The Western Press’ Portrayal of Tadeusz Kantor’s Cricot 2 Performances at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, April 8 – 11.

2008    “Using Travel to Represent Nation: Tectonic Theater Project’s The Laramie Project.” American Comparative Literature Association, April 24 – 27.

2007    “Mainstream Theatre, Mass Media, and the 1985 Premiere of The Normal Heart: Negotiating Forces Between Emergent and Dominant Ideologies.” American Comparative Literature Association, April 19 – 22.

2006    “’The Writing on the Wall’: Alienation and Activism in the 1985 Public Theatre’s Production of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 1 – 6.

2005    “The Online Egg Crack: Infamous Commonwealth Theatre’s Weblog for Robert Schenkkan’s The Kentucky Cycle” awarded the Literary Managers and Dramaturg’s Association debut Panel Award at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, July 29 – 30.

2004    “Not Persuasion, Not Preaching to the Converted: The Other Political Work of Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul.” International Conference on American Theatre and Drama, University of Málaga, Spain, May 18 – 22.

2004    “Not Persuasion, Not Preaching to the Converted: The Other Political Work of Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul.” Globalism is/in America at Northwestern University: April 29.

2002    “Commodity Magic and Colonial Fantasies: Exploring Desire in Act I of Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul” awarded the Graduate Student Debut Award from the American Theatre and Drama Society focus group at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, July 28 – August 4.

Discussant/Chaired Panels

2014    (forthcoming) Chair: “Communism by Chance: Culture and Identity in Postwar Poland.” Association for the Advancement of Slavic East European and Eurasian Studies, November 20 – 23.

2012    Discussant: “Transformations of the Border: The Images of Cracow in Polish Culture.” Association for the Advancement of Slavic East European and Eurasian Studies, November 15 – 18.

2005    Respondent to Sonja Kuftinec: “Collide-o-scopes: Methodologies of Performance Research in the Balkans and Jerusalem/Al Quds.” Considering Calamity: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Methods for Performance Research, October 1.

2005    Chair: “1800, 1910, & Now: Continuities of Time in American Theatre.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, August 4 – 7.

2001    Chair and Respondent to the panel “German Actors and Authorship in the Long Nineteenth Century.” University of Wisconsin, Madison Department of Theatre and Drama Graduate Student Conference, February 2 – 4.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

2012 – Present Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Play Analysis (undergraduate)

Playwriting I and II (undergraduate/graduate mix)

Theories and Conventions—Theory, Performance and Social Justice (graduate)
Fundamentals of Writing for the Stage and Screen (undergraduate)
Contemporary Developments (graduate)

Playwriting Professional Development (graduate)

New Plays Workshop (interdisciplinary undergraduate/graduate mix)

War, Holocaust, Peace: Performing Poland’s 20th Century (undergraduate/ graduate mix)

Big Muddy Shorts: A monthly evening of new short plays by SIU playwrights

2011                Adam Mickiewicz University (Faculty Fulbright Fellowship)

African American Representation, Performance, and Theatre in the U.S. (graduate Pro-Seminar)

(How) Does U.S. Political Theatre Work? (graduate Monographic Lecture)

2005 – 2010    University of Illinois, Chicago
Introduction to Theatre (undergraduate)
Modern Drama (undergraduate)
Theory, Performance and Social Justice (Honor’s College undergraduate)

2007-2010       The School of the Art Institute, Chicago
Art as Criticism, Criticism as Art (undergraduate)
Art and Ideology (undergraduate)
Elegiac Writing: War, Genocide, Natural Disaster (undergraduate)

2001 – 2005    Northwestern University (As TA I designed and sole-taught all courses)
U.S. Theatre: 20th Century Canons (undergraduate)
Theory, Performance and Social Justice (undergraduate)
U.S. Political Theatre: The Twentieth Century (undergraduate)

2004                Lake Forest College, 2004 (TA)
Introduction to Dramaturgy (undergraduate)

SELECTED DRAMATURGY:

2010    Baal

Producer: TUTA Theatre. Director: Zeljko Dukich

2009    The Man Who Was Thursday

Producer: New Leaf Theatre. Director: Jessica Hutchinson

2007    Cloud 9

Producer: Northwestern University. Director: Kit McKay

2007    Stone Cold Dead Serious

Producer: Circle Theatre. Director: Joanie Schultz.

2006    Betty’s Summer Vacation

Producer: Infamous Commonwealth Theatre. Director: Joanie Schultz

2006    Saint Joan

Producer: Northwestern University. Director: Joanie Schultz

2005    Cloud 9

Producer: Infamous Commonwealth Theatre. Director: Genevieve Thompson

2005    The Kentucky Cycle, Parts I and II (Joseph Jefferson Award: Best Production)

Producer: Infamous Commonwealth Theatre. Directors: Genevieve Thompson and Jason Kae

2004    A Dybbuk

Producer: Northwestern University. Director: David Winitsky

2004    Dealer’s Choice

Producer: Steep Theatre, Chicago. Director: G.J. Cederquist

SELECTED PRODUCTIONS OF ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYS:

Short Films:

2011    Disowned and Dispossessed

Almond Grief Productions. Director: Majel Cuza

2009    Saddam’s Lions

Vet Art Project. Director: Vance Smith

2001    Breaking Bread

1/2 Productions and The Engaged Theatre. Director: Will Brown

SELECTED STAGE DIRECTION:

Teachers: Mary Zimmerman, Frank Galati, Anna Shapiro

2009    The Woods

Produced by the Vet Arts Project and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

2006    Kantor! Kantor! (Solo!)

Produced by Experimental Theatre Chicago, Chicago.

2005    Kantor! Kantor! (a reading)

Producer: Chicago Dramatists.

2004    Lobsters and Lifers (a reading)

Producer: Chicago Dramatists.

2001    The Hospice

Produced by the Northwest Dramatists’ Guild: Portland, Oregon.

2000      Picture Rock (a reading)

Producer: Reed College English Department: Portland, Oregon.

1999      Skism (a reading)

Producer: Reed College English Department: Portland, Oregon.

SELECTED PRODUCER CREDITS:

2010    Under America, Mortar Theatre, Chicago

2010    Inherit the Whole, Mortar Theatre, Chicago

2001    Breaking Bread, (film) co-producer, 1/2 Productions and The Engaged Theatre, Portland, OR.

2001    A Kind of Surrender, The Engaged Theatre, Portland, OR.

SERVICE:

2013 – Present            Southern Illinois University

Faculty Representative for Big Muddy New Plays student organization

2012 – Present Southern Illinois University

Curriculum Committee, Department of Theater

2013                Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (national service)
Reader for New Plays Contests

2012                Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (national service)
Reader for New Plays Contests

2007 – 2010    University of Illinois, Chicago

Faculty Liaison for the independent student theatre group, Chicago Circle Players

2006 – 2010    University of Illinois, Chicago

Curator, Theatre Department’s script library

2001 – 2002    Northwestern University

Graduate Student Representative to the Executive Committee, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama

2001 – 2002    Northwestern University

School of Speech Graduate Student Representative, 2001-02

1995 – 1997    Oregon Community College Multicultural Initiative (Oregon State Service)

Clackamas Community College, Student Representative

LANGUAGES:

English (native)

French (competent reading; basic writing and speaking)

Polish (fair speaking; minimal writing and reading)

AFFILIATIONS:

1998-Present   Dramatists Guild: Member

2001–present Association for Theatre in Higher Education: Member

2012–present American Society for Theatre Research: Member

2012–present Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies: Member

2012–present  Chicago Dramatists: National Network Playwright

2014                  Thesaurus Poloniae Senior Scholar

2010-2012       Chicago Dramatists: Senior Network Playwright

2003-2010       Chicago Dramatists: Network Playwright

2011                Fulbright Fellow: Faculty Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

2009-2011       Mortar Theatre Company: Founding Managing Director

2009-2010       Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee: Member

2006-2008       Scrap Mettle SOUL: Resident Playwright

2003                Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, Northwestern University

REFERENCES: Available upon request