Fall 2016 Congratulations and Updates for Doctoral Students and Faculty

Kristyl Tift received an Honorable Mention for the 2016-17 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.
Jieun Lee received the Seoul National University Alumni Association Scholarship, and the Korean American Scholarship Foundation awarded her the Mr. and Mrs. Joong Sik Cho Scholarship.
Jean Young received the Sylvia Pannell Graduate Student Travel Award and an IFTR bursary award to support attendance at the 2016 meeting of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) in Stockholm.
Joelle Ré Arp-Dunham received a Diversity and Inclusion Graduate Fellowship from UGA for 2016-17 and a Directing Program Debut Panel Travel Award from ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education).
UGA honored Dr. Emily Sahakian with a 2016 Service-Learning Teaching Excellence award.
Dr. John Kundert-Gibbs received a Second Discipline Fellowship at UGA to study Artificial Intelligence.
Polychoron Press has published Cart Before the Horse (The Short Plays of John Patrick Bray). The Best American Short Plays 2014-2015 (Applause/Hal Leonard) includes Dr. Bray’s short play With a Bullet (or, Surprise Me), and his essay “Can You Picture That? Using Visual Media to Inspire Playwrights” appeared in Theatre, Dance and Performance Training 7.1.
Dr. Richard Neupert's latest book, John Lasseter (U of Illinois Press) appeared in Spring 2016 as part of the Contemporary Director Series.
Dr. Emily Sahakian published “Le théâtre de Maryse Condé: Une dramaturgie de la provocation du spectateur,” in Amour, sexe, genre et trauma dans la Caraïbe francophone, edited by Gladys M. Francis, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2016). The volume also includes a theatrography of the plays’ performance history co-edited by Dr. Sahakian and Christiane Makward.
Dr. Fran Teague published Educating English Daughters: Late Seventeenth-Century Debates (Toronto: U Toronto Press, 2016), co-authored with Margaret Ezell.
Conference presentations:
At IFTR 2016, Jean Young presented “The Stories They Didn't Tell Me Were the Ones I Need the Most: Queer Futurity Meets the Blues Poetics in Sharon Bridgforth’s the bull-jean stories,” and Dr. Marla Carlson presented “Anti-Genealogies of Autistic Performance.” Jean also served as a session moderator for the UGA Interdisciplinary Research Conference.
Jieun Lee presented “In-Betweenness Revisited: Performing Transnational Adoption” for the Fourth International Symposium on Korean Adoption studies (ISKAS), part of the International Korean Adoption Association (IKAA) Conference in Seoul, South Korea. The ISKAS association provided a travel grant and UGA’s Willson Center Graduate Research Award also offered financial sponsorship for this event.
For ATHE 2016 in Chicago, Kristyl Tift presented “A Labor of Love: Current Dissertation Research Projects Center on Black Theatre and Performance”; Joelle Arp-Dunham presented “The Cognitive Stanislavski in the Rehearsal Hall”; Seth Wilson and MFA alumna Stephanie Murphy presented “The Labor of Labor: A Semiotic and Material Analysis of Pregnancy Onstage.”
For the ATHE pre-conference of the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS), Seth Wilson presented “Staging the Colony: Female Indigeneity in Aphra Behn's The Widow Ranter,” and Jieun Lee presented “Performing Transnational Adoption: Korean American Women Adoptees’ Autobiographical Solo Performances.”
Dr. Bray presented “‘It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!’: Regality and the Use of Triads in Shaping Superman’s Identity" as part of World's Finest Scholarship at DragonCon in September.
Dr. Neupert delivered a two-hour lecture and discussion at the deutsche filmmuseum in Frankfurt, Germany entitled “La Pointe Courte: How Agnès Varda Launched an Auteur’s Career (and a New Wave),” in June.
Dr. Sahakian gave an invited talk at a conference on “Third World Aesthetics” at McGill University.
Creative activity by doctoral faculty and students:
Liner Notes, based on Dr. John Patrick Bray’s play of the same title, premiered at the Hoboken International Film Festival, where it was a finalist for the Audience Choice Award. Dr. Bray collaborated on screenplay with Gregory Bray, who directed. The film is also an Official Selection for the Woodstock Film Festival, won First Place Faculty Narrative Film--Broadcast Education Association Super-Regional Conference, and is a Finalist for Best Original Screenplay with the Chandler International Film Festival.
The Greenhouse Ensemble in New York City produced Dr. Bray’s ten-minute play, Green Sound.
Joelle Ré Arp-Dunham played the leading role in Don Broco’s Everybody (Dominar Films, 2016) and is directing an undergraduate production of I am My Own Wife by Doug Wright.
Geoffrey Douglas is directing Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief by Paula Vogel at Armstrong State University in Savannah, where he is employed as an Adjunct Professor of Theatre.
Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin’s At Buffalo, A New Musical (in development) was recognized nationally with a keynote presentation and short residency at the University at Buffalo and a residency in the 2016 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. The Rhinebeck Writers Retreat allowed Dr. Amma and her creative team time to substantially revise the book of the musical and to complete more songs. Afterwards, the At Buffalo team went to New York City to workshop the revisions, hear their work in a staged reading with professional actors (directed by David Mendizabal and produced by Deadria Harrington), and update the demo recording.
Other activities:
Jean Young participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar, Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivism: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy 1877-1920.
As of this writing, Seth Wilson has won his tenth game of Jeopardy and is also appointed as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of English at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Dr. John Kundert-Gibbs taught a week-long intensive sound design course at Wildwind Performance Lab (Texas Tech U) in June.
Melissa Harris-Perry contacted Dr. Amma about and quoted her in “Advice to Malia Obama on How to Make the Most of Harvard: Women of Color Weigh In.”
Dr. Neupert was featured in a 20-minute interview on the Criterion DVD of Jacques Rivette’s Paris Belongs to Us. The video interview was filmed at Athens at the Ciné movie theater.