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Kimberley Bouchard

Discipline: Theatre
State University of New York, Potsdam

Kimberley A. Bouchard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the State University of New York in Potsdam, NY where she has taught for 21 years. She teaches acting, directing, dramatic literature, script analysis, performance theory, spoken word and storytelling.  She has directed and acted in over 75 productions in professional and educational theatre in the USA, Spain, England and Mexico. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in American Culture and Literature at the University Rovira Virgili in Tarragona, Spain in 2007.  Her awards for teaching include the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at SUNY Potsdam and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching Theatre Arts.  Ms. Bouchard received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Lancaster in England and her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing from the University of Idaho.  She lived in Mexico for eight years where she was honored to have been a company member of the Research Studio of Pantomime Theatre under the direction of Mstro. Sigfrido Aguilar based in Valenciana, Guanajuato, Mexico.  It was during this time she developed her love for Spanish language and began the journey to become bilingual Spanish – English.

Professor Bouchard’s scholarship and creative activities are in directing theatre with multiple language scripts, theatre of the Spanish speaking world and devised theatre based in community and social justice issues.  Her most recent research and original performance work is in Spoken Word.  She developed one of the first courses in Spoken Word offered at the university level (2005) and continues to explore the genre with students as they perform original works in a variety of venues and locations.  Ms. Bouchard is also a working artist in professional theatre with recent directing projects that include award winning plays Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, Red by John Logan and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley for summer seasons at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, NY.  Fall 2016 will be her first voyage with Semester at Sea.  She is eager to explore the world with students and colleagues.