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Faculty and Staff Profiles

Kathleen Potts

Lecturer

School/Division

Division of Humanities and the Arts

Department

Theatre and Speech

Office

CG 322

p: 212-650-6308

e: kpotts@ccny.cuny.edu

  • Profile

    Educational Philosophy

    Theatre was originally done as a communal act, as a way of bringing people and societies together. Regardless of whether I am teaching theatre history, or helping new playwrights find their own unique voices, I am often aware of that feeling of community building within the classroom. I bring passion and energy and commitment to the experience of teaching.  Before long I find that the students match, and sometimes even exceed, my love for and devotion to the art and practice of theatre.

  • Education

    Degrees

    PhD Candidate, The Graduate Center, CUNY
    MFA, Columbia University School of the Arts
    BA, University of Southern Maine

     
  • Courses Taught

    Introduction to Theatre Arts, Theatre History 1, 2, and 3, Playwriting, Women's Theatre, Shakespeare in Text, Pulitzer Prize Women Dramatists, Dramatic Literature for High School Teachers, and Foundations of Public Speaking

  • Research Interests

    Conference Presentations

    "Camilla Williams: [African] American Soprano,"  American Theatre in Higher Education's Black Theatre Association Debut Panel, Bridging Communities – Engaging Creativity Conference, San Francisco, CA

    "From Roman Gospels to Jewish Shakespeare: Rethinking Our Cultural Paradigms,"  Left Forum's The Center Cannot Hold: Rekindling the Radical Imagination Conference, New York, NY

    "No Longer Divine: The Adaptation of Hairspray from Film to Broadway,"  American Society for Theatre Research's "Something Appealing, Something Appalling, Something for Everyone…" Changing Tastes in American Musical Theatre Working Group, Accounting for Taste Conference, Las Vegas, NV.  
    Playwriting 
  • Publications

    MISS NOWHERE DINER, Dramatic Publishing
  • Additional Information

    Awards

    Lorraine Hansberry Award for Best Play, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF)

    Eugene O'Neill Playwriting Fellow, Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference and Center, Waterbury, CT

    Grand Prize Winner, University of Southern Maine Playwriting Festival

    Columbia Fellow, Departmental Research Scholarship, Columbia University, New York, NY

    Departmental Research Fellow, The Graduate Center, CUNY

    Senior Communication Fellow, The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College, CUNY

    Professional Associations

    The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.  (Associate Member)

    ASTR: American Society for Theatre Research

    ATHE: American Theatre in Higher Education

    FIRT/IFTR: La Fédération Internationale pour la Recherche Théâtrale/The International Federation for Theatre Research

    Playwriting

    Ms. Potts is currently one of the Playwrights-in-Residence at the Monarch Theatre Company in New York City; this season's workshop features her latest work-in-progress.

    Recent festival productions include: Manhattan Theatre Source's Spontaneous Combustion # 39 (The Poe Special) and Dark Lady Players' Evening of Amelia Plays.

    Other New York City staged readings, workshops, and/or productions took place at Columbia University's Shapiro Studio, Horace Mann Theatre, and Shetler Studios' Theatre 54.

    She has worked in Maine with the following theatres/companies: The University of Southern Maine; Luther Bonney Auditorium; Brown Bag Theatre; Acorn Theatre, and the Woodford's Church Theatre.
      
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