Laura A. Lodewyck, Assistant Professor of Theatre, teaches courses in theatre history/literature/criticism as well as in practice, and advises the Student Directed Series.
She holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University’s Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama program (IPTD), where she was awarded an American Association of University Women (AAUW) fellowship. Her research focuses on the transformative power of theatre, particularly during times of war, and she is a scholar with the Latinx Theatre Commons’ El Fuego initiative, whose mission is to produce and document new Latinx plays. She is also currently contributing to the Humanities and Human Flourishing Project, a team of researchers based at University of Pennsylvania and Purdue University, which aims to evidence the role of the arts in enriching societal and individual well being.
With an MFA in Acting Performance from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, she also performs and directs in the Chicago area, and was a member of NBC5 Chicago’s Emmy-award winning Street Team.