Rachel Blackburn

Ph.D. Candidate
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BA in Directing from Webster University

MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University

Rachel Blackburn is currently a Ph.D. candidate [ABD], instructor, stage director, speaker and performer who is passionate about performance as a tool for social change. She is currently completing her dissertation at the University of Kansas, where she has taught Public Speaking as Performance, Acting, and a course she developed called The Gravity of Humor. Her long-time interest in transnational collaboration led to her work directing and performing in theatres around the globe for many years, including stints in London, Dublin, and Toronto. Her academic research and writing lives at the intersections of humor, race, gender, transnational and performance studies.

Rachel has taught or guest lectured at a number of academic institutions, including Virginia Commonwealth University, Elon University, College of William and Mary, Ottawa University, and others. She frequently offers improvisation workshops, public speaking consultancy, acting/performance coaching, and has taught on behalf of numerous theatre companies, abroad and domestically.

She holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a B.A. in Stage Direction from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. She is a member of the Young Vic’s Genesis Director’s Project (London, UK), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), and the American Humor Studies Association (AHSA). She currently resides in New York. 

Her website is: https://sites.google.com/site/rachelblackburnsite/


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