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Laura L. Tesman

Department Chairperson and Professor

Location: 317 Whitehead Hall
Phone: 718.951.5666
Fax: 718.951.4226

Dr. Tesman is a director, writer, and collaborative theater maker. Her work has appeared in New York, regionally, and internationally. Her primary focus over the past several years has been developing international, interdisciplinary devised works combining live music/foley, embodied research/choreographed movement, object work, architecture, image, and text.

Her work engages the epic, the mythic, the surreal, the absurd, as a means to grapple with problems of gender, sexuality, equality, personal freedom, power structures, economy, the environment. An important aspect of her work is sustained and systematic commitment to "embodied" research and practice which places the body at the center of the investigation. She is deeply invested in explorations of the story-telling potential of the body (and bodies) in space and time.

She is the founding co-artistic director of Spleen Theatre, a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and the directors' collaborative World Wide Lab.

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