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Dr Phoebe Rumsey

Senior Lecturer

Phoebe Rumsey


Phoebe Rumsey teaches across the Musical Theatre course and the Drama and Performance course in the School of Art, Design and Performance. She teaches both practical modules in movement, choreography and physical theatre, as well as lecture style modules on the history and theory of performance. An accomplished dancer and choreographer, she earned her PhD in Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center, at The City University of New York (CUNY). She holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University, an MA in Theatre from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a BA in Dance from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She has presented papers at IFTR, ATHE, ASTR, PSi, CATR, and MATC. Her dissertation, “Embodied Nostalgia: Early Twentieth Century Social Dance and U.S. Musical Theatre,” explores how social dance in musical theatre brings forth the body as a site of embodied history and cultural memory. Research interests include deconstructing choreographic strategies in musical theatre in ordert to exmaine the broader embodied meanings and impact of the dancing body on stage. She is also interested in how collaborative strategies between musical genres and movement styles in musical theatre are used to both embolden diversity on stage and reveal social and political tensions in regard to race, gender and class. For the past four years she has taught Theatre History and Body Movement for Actors at the City College of New York.

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