Dr. Dudeck is considered one of the foremost scholar/practitioners of the work of improvisational theatre pioneer Keith Johnstone. Her recently published book, Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography (Bloomsbury, 2013), has sold thousands of copies worldwide, and a Swedish translation was released in 2015. Dr. Dudeck is also Johnstone’s Literary Executor and will work closely with Stanford University Libraries where she has just deposited the “Keith Johnstone Papers” into their permanent collection. Her continuing research and teaching agenda is in the field of applied improvisation, that is, in applying improvisational practice and theory to corporate training, community engagement, personal development, and across academic disciplines. Dr. Dudeck has been invited to share her expertise in improvisation at major conferences and symposiums. In 2014, for example, she was a guest speaker for Improvisação no Teatro: Poética-Prática-Pensamento da Impro at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Before returning to graduate school, Dudeck performed professionally (Equity, SAG-AFTRA) as a singer, dancer, and actor on stage, at sea, in television and radio. In 2001, she co-founded and served as artistic director of an advanced youth theatre company in Manhattan Beach. Over its 4-year existence, some of the finest theatre practitioners and musicians in Los Angeles worked alongside Dudeck and a core group of 30 exceptional young performers to collectively devise 14 original musical theatre revues. Dudeck’s company was featured in the Back Stage West 2005 issue spotlighting the best youth theatre training in L.A.
At Chapman, Dr. Dudeck teaches a variety of classes: Improvisation for Leadership Development, Improvisation for Actors, Improvisation for People Skills, Theatre for Social Change, Acting for Singers, Script Analysis, Actor Process, Character Building, From Page to Stage, and Dramatic Theory/Criticism.