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Dr. Jocelyn L. Buckner

Assistant Professor
Theatre Studies
College of Performing Arts; Department of Theatre
Expertise: Theatre Studies; Dramaturgy; Theatre History
Office Location: Moulton Hall 211
Phone: (714) 289-2084
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
Affiliations:
University Honors Program
Education:
Converse College, Bachelor of Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University, Master of Fine Arts
University of Kansas, Ph.D.

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Biography

Jocelyn L. Buckner holds a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from the University of Kansas, an M.F.A. in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a B.A. in Theatre and Economics from Converse College. Prior to joining Chapman’s Department of Theatre in 2012, Dr. Buckner held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Buckner teaches theatre history and historiography, dramaturgy, dramatic theory and criticism, and the B.A. Senior Seminar course. In 2017, Dr. Buckner joined Professor Michael Nehring as a faculty member of the Chapman University London Theatre Tour. Beyond the Department of Theatre, she is also a faculty member of the University Honors Program, where she teaches special topics courses. As a mentor, she draws on her experiences as a director, dramaturg, scholar, and arts administrator to guide the application and integration of students’ research and creative work on productions, internships, thesis projects, and Honors Program capstone projects. Additionally, she mentors students’ independent research/creative projects funded by Undergraduate Student Scholarly/Creative Grants and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships administered by the Chapman University Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. She supports the Chapman Department of Theatre’s Production Season as the advisor for all student production dramaturgs, who support productions and provide audience engagement opportunities by creating resources for the production team, lobby displays, program notes, and facilitating pre- and post-show discussions between artists and audiences. She has been recognized for her work in and out of the classroom with Chapman University’s 2017 Faculty Excellence Award in Mentorship of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, Chapman University’s 2016 Valerie Scudder Award for Outstanding Teaching, Research/Creative Activity, and Service, Chapman University’s 2015 Faculty Excellence and Achievement in Teaching Award, and the 2014 Sigma Alpha Pi (The National Society of Leadership and Success) Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Buckner’s research focuses on the intersections and representations of identity, as well as materialism and affect in theatre and popular entertainment, particularly in the U.S., from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. She is the editor of A Critical Companion to Lynn Nottage (Routledge, 2016), the first scholarly publication dedicated to the playwright’s work. This anthology examines Nottage’s dramatic treatment of themes such as history, the African diaspora, and identity, and includes interviews with the playwright and her frequent collaborators, as well as a special section devoted to Nottage’s first Pulitzer Prize winning play Ruined. Dr. Buckner’s second book project identifies and examines the history of the sister act phenomenon in U.S. popular entertainment at the turn of the last century. These all-female family performance troupes served as a representative touchstone for American society’s increasing acceptance of and complicated relationship to female subjectivity in public, political, and artistic spheres. Dr. Buckner has published book chapters as well as peer-reviewed articles, editorials, book reviews, and performance reviews in African American Review, American Studies Journal, Ecumenica Journal, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, HowlRound, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Popular Entertainment Studies, Theatre History Studies, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, and Theatre Topics. Additionally, Dr. Buckner serves as the Book Review Editor (2018-2020) for the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism.

Dr. Buckner is an active member of several professional organizations and regularly presents her research at conferences including the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS), the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Comparative Drama Conference (CDC), Performance Studies international (Psi), and the Mid America Theatre Conference (MATC). She served as the Vice President of Awards on the Governing Council of ATHE (2015-2017), and as a member of ASTR’s Gerald Kahan Essay Award Committee (2015-2017) and Nominating Committee (2012-2014). She served as the ATDS Conference Planner (2014-2016), and as the Co-Chair of the MATC Articles-in-Progress Sessions and Book-Proposal Workshops (2014-2016).

Dr. Buckner is also a dramaturg and has collaborated with theatres including Pitt Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Orange County, and Center Stage Theatre’s New Play Festival. She currently serves as a script respondent for the literary department of South Coast Repertory Theatre, and is a resident artist of The Chance Theater, where she dramaturgs the On The Radar: New Works Series, and has served various productions in the mainstage season (Maple and Vine, 2014; A Bright New Boise, 2015; Seminar 2016, Middletown 2017, in a word 2017, and Elevada 2018).

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Chappell, Andrew, Jocelyn L. Buckner, and Maxie Lankalingam (BA Theatre Studies, 2018). “Teaching World-Mindedness in a Mixed Majors and Non-Majors Course: The Work of Rabindranath Tagore Explored by Faculty and an Undergraduate International Student.” Theatre Topics, vol 28, no.1, Spring 2018, pp. 43-52.
Dramaturg, 24th Annual Native Voices New Play Festival, “Soledad,” Carolyn Dunn, Native Voices at the Autry, Los Angeles, CA, and at La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, CA, June 2018,
Dramaturg, On the Radar: New Works Series, Chance Theater, Anaheim, CA 2018 “The Orange Garden,” Joanna Garner, October 2018 “Gutting,” Joanna Garner, July 2018 (2018 resident playwright) “Hyman and Parfunkel,” Gregg Hammer and Louis Pardo, May 2018 “Bedlam,” Zayd Dohrn, February 2018
Dramaturg, Elevada, Director: Nick Avila, Chance Theater, Anaheim, CA, 2018
Dramaturg, On The Radar: New Works Series, Chance Theater, Anaheim, CA, 2017, “Times Square Psychic,” Ted Malawer, October 2017, “Anatomy of Love,” Ted Malawer, July 2017, “The Candidate: A Farce,” Jenny Connell Davis, May 2017, “How to Conquer America: A Mostly True History of Yogurt,” David Myers, March 2017
Dramaturg, in a word, Director: Jocelyn A. Brown, Chance Theater, Anaheim, CA, 2017
Dramaturg, Middletown, Director: Trevor Biship, Chance Theater, Anaheim, CA, 2017
“Diasporic Desires in Las Meninas.” A Critical Companion to Lynn Nottage. Ed. Jocelyn L. Buckner. New York: Routledge, 2016.
“On Creativity and Collaboration: A Conversation with Lynn Nottage, Seret Scott, and Kate Whoriskey.” A Critical Companion to Lynn Nottage. Ed. Jocelyn L. Buckner. New York: Routledge, 2016.
“Introduction.” A Critical Companion to Lynn Nottage. Ed. Jocelyn L. Buckner. New York: Routledge, 2016.
Dramaturg, On The Radar: New Works Series, The Chance Theater, Anaheim, CA, 2016 "Song of Summer," Lauren Yee, October 2016 “Rare Birds,” Adam Szymkowicz, August 2016 “Gaston,” Jenny Connell Davis, July 2016 “Alice & Frank,” Jenny Connell Davis, May 2016 Reading: “L.A. Vida” by David Wendell Nelson, May 2016 Reading: “Scientific Method” by Jenny Connell Davis, March 2016
Dramaturg, Seminar, Director: Elina de Santos, Chance Theater, Anaheim, CA, 2016
Book Review, Spectacles of Reform: Theater and Activism in Nineteenth-Century America by Amy E. Hughes, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism XXIX, no. 1 (Fall 2014): 99-100.