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Suzanne Burgoyne

Suzanne Burgoyne
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Professor of Directing, Script Analysis, and Theatre of the Oppressed
phone: 573-882-0528
office: 115 Fine Arts Building
mailing address: 129 Fine Arts, Columbia MO 65211

Paul Willems' The Drowned Land and La Vita BrevéA recipient of Fulbright and Kellogg National fellowships, Suzanne Burgoyne has studied and taught directing and dramaturgy at the National Theatre Institute of Belgium. She has been editor of Theatre Topics, vice-president for Professional Development for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, and has published articles on directing and American drama in Theatre Journal, American Drama, Theatre Topics, and Text and Performance Quarterly. A translator of drama by Belgian author Paul Willems, she edited an anthology, Four Plays of Paul Willems (Garland, 1992), and translated another play which appears in Paul Willems' The Drowned Land and La Vita Brevé (Peter Lang, 1994). She is the co-author of Teaching and Performing: Ideas for Energizing Your Classes (Atwood, 2002).

Burgoyne is a 2000/2001 PEW Carnegie Scholar and was named ATHE's Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education in 2003. She received an MU Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching in 2004. In 2005 she was awarded the Catherine Paine Middlebush Chair in Fine and Performing Arts, and in 2008 the title of Curators' Teaching Professor.

With Clyde Ruffin, Suzanne founded the MU Interactive Theatre Troupe; she is a co-investigator on two major MU grants using interactive theatre: the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues initiative and the Mizzou NSF ADVANCE program. Dr. Burgoyne is currently conducting research related to the scholarship of teaching and learning in theatre and the impact of interactive theatre on audiences.

MU Inaugural Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award, 2012, MU Campus Writing Program, for design and teaching of Principles of Script Analysis.

Burgoyne, Suzanne, and Patricia Downey. Thinking Through Script Analysis. Focus Press, 2011.

Co-I, Komen grant, use of interactive theatre to educate medical students and patients on doctor/patient communication about breast cancer, 2011, $60,000.

Provost's faculty development leave to develop a new course in creativity for the non-arts major, 2010/2011. Big 12 Faculty Fellowship to study the teaching of creativity, Oklahoma State University, April 2011.