Dr. Hephzibah Dutt

Assistant Professor of Theatre
Director of Theatre
Office Location Sarkeys Telecommunication Center, 114
Phone (Office) 405.585.4351
OBU Mailbox # 61240
Email hephzibah.dutt@okbu.edu

Biography

Dr. Dutt stepped out of a season of community development, nonprofit management and communications consulting to join the College of Fine Arts at Oklahoma Baptist University in 2019.

She is the Director of Theatre, housed in the Division of Communication Arts. Dr. Dutt has over 8 years of undergraduate teaching and actor coaching experience. Her teaching areas include theatre history and theory, acting, directing, performance studies and exploring cultural diversity through performance.

In addition to her dual-passions of directing and teaching, Dr. Dutt utilizes the tools of theater, storytelling and performance studies for community engagement, diversity education, advocacy and social dialogue. Her recent research projects draw upon theories of the grotesque, postmodern theatre, and the intersection of faith and performance.

A missionary kid from a globe-trotting family, Dr. Dutt has written and performed her one-person show of family travel narratives-- "You'll See When We Get There"-- in the US and internationally. Her current project bears the working title, "Things My Parents Taught Us."

Education

Bowling Green State University
Ph.D. in Theatre, 2015

Bowling Green State University
Graduate Certificate in Performance Studies, 2015

Bowling Green State University
M.A. in Theatre, 2008

Northwestern College
B.A. in Theatre, 2006
Honors Program Graduate

Subjects Taught

Theatre: Acting I and II, Directing, Voice for the Stage, Theatre History and Literature, Oral Interpretation/Performance Studies

Awards and Honors

F. Lee and Pat Miesle Award for Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation in the Department of Theatre and Film, 2015. Awarded for doctoral dissertation.

Charles E. Shanklin and Graduate Student Senate International Scholar Award, 2009.
F. Lee and Pat Miesle Award for Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation in the Department of Theatre and Film, 2008. Awarded for M.A. thesis.

2008 Crystals: Merit Award of Achievement. Presented by The Association for Women in Communications. Awarded for co-writing and performance in The BGSU Academic Advising Video.

2006 Northwestern College Faculty Honors Award. By election of the faculty for academic achievement, Christian leadership and community involvement.

Selected Presentations

“Tell Me Why You Wear That Cross of Gold”: Crucifixion, Commemoration and the Christian Grotesque.” Presented as part of the Crucifixion, Catacombs, and Ghosts: Revisiting Church Histories in Past and Present Performances panel at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference, August 2011.

“Strategies of Contradiction: The Grotesque and Postmodernism in Staging Biblical Narrative”
Presented as part of the Postmodernism, the Modern Mysterium and the Wife of Pontius Pilate panel at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference, August 2011.

“Broken Walls and Burning Corpses: Constructions of the Abject in Brendan Kennelly’s The Trojan Women.” Presented as part of the Modern Psychoanalytic Critics Readings on Conflict in Performative Spaces panel at the Battleground States Conference, February 2010

“Risking Obscurity: Mysticism as a Theology for the Postmodern Stage and Erik Ehn’s "Wholly Joan’s.” Presented as part of the Pilgrims, Priests, and Mystics: Re-Visioning Medieval Christian Practices to Transform Contemporary Performance panel at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, August 2009.

“Body and Soul: Surface Aesthetics and Secrecy in the plays of Oscar Wilde.” Presented as part of
the Audience, Style and Surface Aesthetics in the Plays of Oscar Wilde panel at the Battleground States Conference, February 2008.