Stephanie Burlington Daniels
On Sabbatical, 2017-2018
Stephanie Burlington Daniels is a teacher, director, and actor. Currently, associate professor and chair of the department of Theatre Studies and Dance, at Wheaton College in MA, Stephanie teaches acting and directing, in addition to Theatre and Social Change, a class she developed in 2002. She is a proud Affiliated Artist with Boston’s experimental Theatre company, Sleeping Weazel, and continues to work closely with Ken Prestininzi on his one woman show, Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth, which centers around Mary Shelley’s last lecture to young women on love, feminist theory, creation, monsters, and Princess Diana. Stephanie has acted in several of the theatres in Providence, RI including Trinity Rep, the Brown Summer Theatre, The Providence Black Rep, and the former Perishable Theatre. She graduated from the Trinity Rep Conservatory in 2000 with her MFA in Acting.
Teaching, directing and helping my students discover their artistic voices in whatever creative venue that applies. Also connecting with disciplines outside of the arts to encourage conversation through the theatre.
Wheaton College Alumna class of ’97
M.F.A., Trinity Rep Conservatory/Rhode Island College, 2000
A.B., Wheaton College, 97
Politically and socially relevant theatre, how it can be used on college campuses to help diversity. Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed.
Exploring how contemporary playwrights have dealt with controversial issues, such as race, sexuality, religion, and class and discovering how theatre can be used as a vehicle to unite communities and encourage dialogue.
I also love teaching beginning acting where we focus on discovering and freeing the actor’s voice, body and spirit.
Currently directing Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park and organizing post show talk backs sponsored by a diverse group of clubs, houses, and faculty members from Wheaton’s campus. Also, working on an original script by Playwright in Residence Charlotte Meehan that explores the topic of sexual misconduct and assault on college campuses. Staged reading to be performed this September, followed by a full mainstage production in the spring of 2015.