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Candidate for theatre department position offers presentation

February 6, 2011


The Department of Theatre, Dance, and Media Studies invites everyone to the first presentation by a candidate for the position of assistant theatre professor. John Kaufmann will present “Prompting Play: Creating Live Performance Through Rules and Structures,” at 4 p.m. today (Monday) in the WAC South Lounge.

Kaufmann is a theatre director and teacher focusing on original and experimental work.  His directing work includes Antony and Cleopatra at Consolidated Works, Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations at Seattle Children’s Theatre and noSIGNAL, in collaboration with the band Awesome.

As planetarium supervisor at Pacific Science Center, he wrote and presented original planetarium programs including Starball, an astronomical musical comedy that has gone on to planetariums in New York, Chicago and Valencia, Spain. Other original conceptions include D.O.B., with a script created by transcribing recordings he made during his sister’s labor and delivery of her son, and Line One, where actors speak verbatim the dialogue they hear through their cell phone ear-pieces. Line One is currently in an extended run at People’s Improv Theatre in New York.

In May of 2010, he completed a Master of Fine Arts in theater direction at the University of Iowa, where he currently teaches as an adjunct professor.