Kevin Landis is an associate professor of Theatre in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. His research interests and publications are varied. In recent years he has been studying contemporary "avant-garde" theatre groups, Eastern European actor training methods, Native American melodrama, American drag, and performance analyses both of evangelical church services as well as restaurant food preparation. Landis is an MFA trained actor and member of the Actor's Equity Association. He specializes in physical theatre training derived from his work with Grotowski's lead actress, Rena Mirecka. Landis uses an eclectic training method that includes Michael Chekhov Technique, Suzuki and LeCoq clown and mask work. The training focuses on the actor's understanding of his/her body as the integral component for vocal expression and performative creativity.
Recent Academic Publications and Conference Papers:
Landis, Kevin, "In Conversation: Tina Packer and Jon Jory Discuss the State of Theatre," American Theatre, October 2014.
Landis, Kevin, "Culinary Pataphysics: Food, Theatre and the Historical Avant-Garde," Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, Vol. 14, No. 2, Summer 2014, 46-55.
Performing the Evangelical Migration- International Federation for Theatre Research, Barcelona, Spain (2013).
Landis, Kevin and Suzanne MacAulay, "New Perspectives in Cultural Performance," in The Visual and Performing Arts: An International Anthology: Volume II, Edited by Stephen Andrew Arbury. Athens, Greece: AITNER, 2012.
Stop Bloody Acting! And Other Lessons from Devised Performance- Alliance for Colorado Theatre Educators. Keynote Address. Denver, Colorado (2012).
Molecular Theatre- International Federation for Theatre Research, Osaka, Japan (2011).
"Mama-Dada" (Book Review), Theatre Journal, Spring 2010.
"The Disappearance" (Performance Review), Theatre Journal, Spring 2010.
"Julian Eltinge's Manly Transformations," Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide 14, 5 (September/October 2007).
Recent Professional Direction:
Psycho Beach Party (2014) - THEATREWORKS
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (2013)
The Inspector General (2011)
The Bacchae (2010)
The Merry Wives of Windsor (2010)
Recent Professional Acting:
Love's Labors Lost (2012) - THEATREWORKS
Church (2011) - THEATREWORKS
The Checkov Letters (2011) - THEATREWORKS
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival
New Rep Theatre Boston
The Theatre at Monouth
Dorset Theatre Festival
Ph.D. in Drama, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Dissertation: Republic of Dreams: Stacy Klein and the Double Edge Theatre, 2009
M.F.A. in Acting, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 2005
M.A. in Theatre Theory
Brown University, Providence, RI, 2001
B.A. Colby College, Waterville, ME, 1998
Selected Fellowships & Awards
Tenure Track Teacher of the Year, UCCS College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
Chair, UCCS LAS Curriculum and Requirements Committee
Roser Grant for Two Bed, Two Bath Guest Artist Residency
Roser Visiting Artist Grant for Double Edge Theatre Residency
Tufts University Award for Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education
Award for Sleight of Hand, Sleight of Dress Graduate Colloquium, Tufts University
Spelling's Commission on Higher Education Committee, Tufts University
Phi Beta Kappa
Summa Cum Laude
Colby College Charles A. Dana Scholar
Courses I Teach
• Advanced Acting Studio I
• Clown and Physical Theatre
• Manifestos of the Avant-Garde
• Nationalism, Romanticism and Melodrama
• Nordic Legacy
• Special Topics World Theatre
• Theatre Practicum
• World of the Play
• Acting Studio I & II
• Introduction to Theatre