Lusie M. Cuskey

Ph.D. Theatre Studies
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Selected University Theatre Credits:
Indecent - Intimacy Choreographer
A Man of No Importance - Director
The Christians - Wife/Elizabeth
She Kills Monsters - Vera

Selected Kansas Repertory Theatre Credits:
La Cage aux Folles - Assistant Director/Dramaturg
The Legend of Georgia McBride - Assistant Director/Dramaturg

Selected Student Production Credits:
Parental Advisory Cabaret - Performer

Other Department Activities:
Theatre & Dance Production Committee Representative

"The Liturgy that Dare Not Speak its Name: Religious Engagement and Affective Memory as a Site of Queer Activism in Musical Theatre," Ecumenica, forthcoming
"Building Character: Process Drama in the Introductory Acting Classroom," Mid-America Theatre Conference, 2020
"'The Games We Play': Exploring Conscious Casting and Performance as Research in the Musical Theatre Classroom," Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, 2019

Plans After KU:
I don't know any specifics yet, but the plan is always to continue creating, teaching, writing about, and learning about theatre and the tools it can give us to help change the world (or at least our little corners of it)!

Favorite Memory of KU:
In A Man of No Importance rehearsal we were blocking a scene where I was planning on having two of the women in the ensemble play a couple in a crowd scene (for reasons related to exploring gendered differences in historical emotional display rules, etc.), but hadn't yet told them that. Before rehearsal the actors skipped up to me holding hands and informed me that they'd decided their characters were lovers. It was just funny at the time that we were all on the same page, but it's also a little microcosm of how much I've enjoyed all my collaborative relationships in my time here and how welcome I (and my research) have always felt in the department!

Parting Words:
Go listen to "Move On" from Sunday in the Park with George (especially the version from the Sondheim birthday concert that just happened) and pretend it's embedded here, please. It has been an absolute pleasure, KU Theatre and Dance. In our field more than most there really are no goodbyes, so I'll look forward to seeing you soon!

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