Lauren McConnell
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Campus Address: 139A Moore Hall
  • Phone: (989) 774-7673
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  • Area(s) of Expertise: B.A. University of Washington, M.A. Washington State University, Ph.D. Northwestern University
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Concentrated Area of Study:

East European and Russian Theatre, Playwriting, Women Writers, Performance Activism & Ethnography, Theory and Philosophy

Publications (selected):

"Paul Robeson," and "Lustration," Cold War Encyclopedia, New York: Routledge, 2008.

The Northern Lights, a short play, Los Angeles: Attic Theatre and Film Company, 2008.

"Daniela Fischerova's The Massage Table: Politics and Guilt in Post-Communist Czechoslovakia." Modern Czech Studies. Brown Slavic Contributions 8. Providence: Dept. of Slavic Languages, Brown University, 2000.

"Postmodernist Theatre in Post-Communist Slovakia." Tracing Literary Postmodernism. Nitra, Slovakia: University of Constantine the Philosopher, 1998. 185-194.

Monologue from The Northern Lights. Best Women's Stage Monologues 1997. New Jersey: Smith & Kraus, 1998.

Conference Presentations (selected):

"Chicago-Czech Diasporic Theatre and Finian's Rainbow: ‘It's About Us'," in the session Theatre and Eastern European Diaspora: Cold War and Thereafter, American Society for Theatre Research, Boston, fall 2008.

"Understanding Difference Through Performance: The ‘Chana Project' at the University of Lodz, Poland," Central States Communication Association, Madison, WI, spring 2008.

"Living ‘Little House' - A Performance Project," Central States Communication Association, Madison, WI, spring 2008.

"Dramatic Treatments of The Rape of Lucrece and the Emergence of a Feminine Voice," Shakespeare Association of America, Dallas, TX, spring 2008.

"Calamity and Performance in Laura Ingall's Wilder's "Little Town on the Prairie," American Theatre in Higher Education Conference, New Orleans, summer 2007.

"The Dramatic Choice of Cooperation and Non-Violence: Vaclav Havel's Tomorrow We Will Start Up!" Presented at the International Interdisciplinary Literature, Culture, and Tolerance Conference, Lodz, Poland, May 2007.

"Theatrical Conservatism in Post-Communist Prague: The Case of Pavel Kohout and His Play Zeros." Selected Papers from the 22nd SVU World Congress (2004), Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic.

Fellowships and Grants (selected):

Boren Graduate International Fellowship, Academy for Educational Development, 6/00 - 6/01 (A competitive national fellowship that provided financial support for a year of research and language study in the Czech Republic.)

Fulbright Fellowship (CIES) Lecturer in Drama, 1996
(Financial support to teach at University of Constantine the Philosopher, Slovakia.)

Collaborative Arts Grant, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts, Northwestern University, 2000 (Funding for me to adapt Serbian-Jewish writer David Albahari's short stories into a play and produce it in collaboration with the Jewish Theatre Ensemble at Northwestern University.)

American Society for Theatre Research Dissertation Fellowship, 2000
(A national fellowship supporting dissertation research in the Czech Republic)


Finalist, Ten Minute Play Contest for the play The Northern Lights. Actors' Theatre of Louisville, 1998

T. Stephen May Scriptwriting Award, Northwestern University, for the screenplay The Pet Blessing, 1998

Finalist, Short Play Festival for the play Maytags. Love Creek Productions, NYC, 1996

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