» Dr. Theresa Dudeck
Lecturer, Artistic Faculty

College of Performing Arts; Department of Theatre
Dr. Theresa Dudeck
Improvisational Theatre
Theresa Robbins Dudeck holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from University of Oregon, an M.A. in Theatre from California State University at Northridge, and a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Facilitated Master Classes in improvisation and applied improvisation for Stanford University, University of Oregon, Skagit Valley College, Unexpected Productions (Seattle), YesAnd Conspiracy (Olympia, WA), and Coup de Comedy Festival (UC Irvine). Summer 2016.
“The Loose Moose Theatre Company’s ‘Golden Era’: Company Formation and Perpetuation through Keith Johnstone’s Pedagogy.” Lamparina: Revista de ensino de Teatro (journal of teaching theatre), Escola de Belas Artes / UFMG 5:10 (2015).
Contributor to Bloomsbury’s Actors & Performers: Essential Contacts for Stage, Screen, and Radio
Directed AN EVENING OF CHEKHOV FARCES by Anton Chekhov for BFA Junior Showcase, Chapman, 2015.
Guest Speaker: "Just Improvise! Applying Theatre Tools to Work and Life." Town & Gown Lunch at the Forum Lecture Series. Included performance by 4 of Dudeck's improvisation students. Feb. 2015.
Co-produced a staged reading of KATRINA: THE K WORD marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Sponsored by CoPA and Student Civic Engagement, Sept. 2015.
Directed EURYDICE by Sarah Ruhl, Chapman’s Waltmar Theatre, November 2015.
Directed BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME by Terence McNally. The McNally Play Project. Chapman University. April 2014. Performance.
KEITH JOHNSTONE: A CRITICAL BIOGRAPHY. London: Bloomsbury, 2013. Print.
“Keith Johnstone’s Circle of Probability: A concept for creating stories which engage audiences.” Theatre Topics, Spring 2013.
Interviewed on CBC/Radio-Canada “Daybreak Alberta” with Russell Bowers about her book ("Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography") and her experience working with Johnstone. Calgary, Dec. 2013.
Directed BEYOND THE BLUE MOUNTAINS by Jane W. Joyce. Readers Theatre, Community Arts Center Wild West Exhibit, Danville, Kentucky, March 2013.
Directed THE CHERRY ORCHARD by Anton Chekhov. Centre College, Kentucky, Nov. 2012.