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Luda Popenhagen

Professor, Performing Arts

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Luda Popenhagen received her Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1996), her BA in French and Psychology from the University of Sydney, and the Communicative Teaching Certificate from the Institute of Languages, University of New South Wales (Sydney). She was an NEH Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Luda obtained professional Diplomas in Acting from the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq (Paris) and the Actors Conservatory Theatre (Sydney).

Luda Popenhagen is a scholar, translator, and theatre artist. She returns to California from her native Australia to serve as Professor and Advisor of Performing Arts at CSU Channel Islands, and as Advisor and Chair of the President’s Scholars Committee.

Luda previously taught in Australia at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), the Actors College of Theatre and Television (ACTT), the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Sydney, and the University of Western Sydney. In the USA Luda taught and directed classical drama and original works at the University of Kansas in the Department of Theatre and Film.

Prior to becoming a university professor, Luda performed as a theatre artist and taught professional workshops in Australia, Europe, and the USA. She taught at the National Academy of Music and Drama in Vilnius and worked as primary assistant to Monika Pagneux in acting master classes in Paris. Luda was chief administrator for the International Pagneux/Gaulier Theatre Workshops in Paris, Edinburgh, London, Torino, and Toronto.

Her professional performance work includes acting in an Ionesco premiere in Paris, dance and choreography in experimental films at the Centre Georges Pompidou, and acting and mime at the Paris Opera. She was selected to participate in Ariane Mnouchkine’s Acting Shakespeare and Mask Workshop at the Théâtre du Soleil, Vincennes. Theatre festival performances include new works at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the International Women Playwrights Festival (Adelaide), the Houston International Festival, and the Los Angeles International Festival of Masks.

Luda’s publications include Australian Lithuanians, UNSW Press 2012 (an interdisciplinary cultural study on post WWII migration to Australia), NekroŇ°ius and Lithuanian Theatre, Peter Lang NY 1999 (the first-English language study of this internationally renowned Baltic director), and articles and entries on Australian, Baltic, and French actors and directors (Cambridge World Encyclopedia on Actors and Acting Schools, CUP upcoming 2013).

Her areas of expertise include experimental American Theatre, Australian and Commonwealth Theatre, East European Theatre, French Theatre, dramaturgy, transcultural performance, and theatre of migrant populations.

Representative Courses
ENGL/PATH 333 Multicultural Drama and Theatre
ENGL/PATH 341 Modern American Drama and Theatre
ENGL/PATH 342 Modern British and European Drama and Theatre
ENGL/PATH 344 World Drama and Theatre
HIST/PATH 338 Theatre in History
SPAN/PATH 334 Spanish Language Drama and Theatre
PA 350 Audience and Performance Studies
PATH 382 Directing