Jeffrey Kaplan, MFA, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dance & Theatre
Jeff Kaplan is an Assistant Professor in Dance & Theatre in the Division of Fine and Performing Arts. He holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland, and an MFA in Dance from Texas Woman's University. In addition to a career in modern dance, Kaplan has developed a body of evening-length "text and movement" solo work, in which he dances and speaks simultaneously, including The Erl King, a World War I piece based on Göthe's classic ghost poem, Der Erlkönig; one-person King Lear, and a solo rendition of Beowulf, in Anglo-Saxon. He presented a text-and-movement solo piece, "Iftu's Story" at the American Dance Guild Festival at Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater in Fall 2019. His book, Involuntary Motion: The Somatics of Refugee Performance (Routledge, forthcoming Fall 2020) reads the world's seventy-one million displaced persons as bodies in motion, and so uses the language of dance as a lens to understand problems in refugee performance. His articles appear in The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Nordic Theatre Studies, and Text and Presentation, in addition to a growing resume of trade publications.
Theatre and Performance Studies, PhD, University of Maryland, College Park
Dance, MFA, Texas Woman's University
History, BA, Grinnell College
Involuntary Motion: The Somatics of Refugee Performance (Routledge)