Suzanne Burgoyne

Director, Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research, University of Missouri, United States

Suzanne Burgoyne is the director of the Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research at the University of Missouri (MU). The center's projects include interactive theatre, the teaching of creativity for the Honors College and the bioengineering capstone course, and helping teach scientists how to communicate with the public for a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. Suzanne is also currently the Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor of Theatre at the Department of Theatre at MU. She has taught directing and dramaturgy at the National Theatre Institute of Belgium and 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. With Clyde Ruffin, she founded the Interactive Theatre Troupe at MU and served as a co-investigator on Ford Foundation's Difficult Dialogues and the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE grants programs using interactive theatre. Suzanne is currently editing a volume, Creativity in Theatre: Creativity theory and Action in Theatre and Drama Education for a Springer series co-edited by Ron Beghetto. She is also consulting on an NSF grant using interactive theatre with online avatars to provide diversity training for geoscientists. Suzanne earned a certificate from the Belgian National Theatre Institute and holds a M.A. in theater from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in theater from the University of Michigan. She is a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar Session 468, The Performing Arts in Lean Times: Opportunities for Reinvention in 2010, and Session 547, The Neuroscience of Art: What are the Sources of Creativity and Innovation? in 2015.


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