Chaya Gordon-Bland

Chaya Gordon-Bland

Associate Professor

THEATRE

W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 184C

Phone: (605) 658-3487

Email: Chaya.Gordon-Bland@usd.edu

Bio:

Chaya Gordon-Bland is an Associate Professor of Theatre at USD and the Managing Artistic Director of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival. Her professional background includes work as an actor, teaching artist, fight director and director at theatre companies across the country including the American Shakespeare Center, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, American Globe Theatre, Inwood Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Native Voices at the Autry.


Teaching Interests:

Mask, Movement, Shakespeare, Period Styles, Stage Combat, Mindfullness


Research Interests:

Shakespeare, Commedia dell'Arte, Masks in Performance, Stage Combat, Movement Pedagogy, Cultural Place-making through Performance, Native Theatre


Education:

  • MFA, Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh, 2008

Licensures and Certifications:

  • 2nd degree black belt, American Tae Kwondo Association
  • Black Belt, American Tae Kwondo Academy
  • Safe Zone Training, USD Office of Diversity
  • Skills Proficiency in Unarmed Combat, Society of American Fight Directors
  • Skills Proficiency in Rapier and Dagger, Society of American Fight Directors
  • Skills Proficiency in Quarterstaff, Recommended Pass, Society of American Fight Directors
  • Skills Proficiency in Knife, Recommended Pass, Society of American Fight Directors
  • Skills Proficiency in Quarterstaff, Society of American Fight Directors
  • Skills Proficiency in Broadsword, Society of American Fight Directors
  • Recognized Actor/Combatant, Society of American Fight Directors
  • Skills Proficiency in Rapier and Dagger, Society of American Fight Directors
  • Skills Proficiency in Unarmed Combat, Society of American Fight Directors

Research:

  • Track to Success, USD Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, (2012 - 2014)

Grants:

  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, United Way of Vermillion. (2019 - 2019)
  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, City of Vermillion. (2019 - 2019)
  • Project Grant, South Dakota Arts Council. (2019 - 2019)
  • ArtWorks, National Endowment for the Arts. (2018 - 2019)
  • Community-Based Learning and Research Grant, USD's Center for Academic and Global Engagement. (2018 - 2018)
  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, United Way of Vermillion. (2018 - 2018)
  • Community Grant, Walmart Foundation. (2018 - 2018)
  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion Chamber and Development Company. (2018 - 2018)
  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, City of Vermillion. (2018 - 2018)
  • Teaching and Learning Grant, USD's Center for Teaching and Learning. Grant Role: Principal. (2018 - 2018)
  • Project Grant, South Dakota Arts Council. (2018 - 2018)
  • Professional Development Grant, South Dakota Arts Council. (2017 - 2018)
  • Travel Grant, Shakespeare Theatre Association. (2017 - 2018)
  • Community-Based Learning and Research Grant, USD's Center for Academic and Global Engagement. (2017 - 2017)
  • Community Grant, Walmart Foundation. (2017 - 2017)
  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion Chamber and Development Company. (2017 - 2017)
  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, United Way of Vermillion. (2017 - 2017)
  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Sanford Vermillion. (2017 - 2017)
  • Project Grant, South Dakota Arts Council. (2017 - 2017)
  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, City of Vermillion. (2017 - 2017)
  • Community Grant, Walmart Foundation. (2016 - 2016)
  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Sanford Vermillion. (2016 - 2016)
  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, City of Vermillion. (2016 - 2016)
  • Project Grant: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, South Dakota Arts Council. (2016 - 2016)
  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, United Way. (2015 - 2016)
  • Professional Development Grant, South Dakota Arts Council. (2015 - 2016)
  • Community-Based Learning and Research Grant, USD's Center for Academic and Global Engagement. (2015 - 2015)
  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion Chamber and Development Company. (2015 - 2015)
  • Project Grant: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, South Dakota Arts Council. (2015 - 2015)
  • Professional Development Grant, South Dakota Arts Council. (2014 - 2015)
  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion Chamber and Development Company. (2014 - 2014)
  • Teaching Improvement Grant, USD's Center for Teaching and Learning. Grant Role: Principal. (2012 - 2013)
  • Matching Dollars Challenge Grant, South Dakota Department of Tourism. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2012 - 2012)
  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion Chamber and Development Company. (2012 - 2012)
  • Project Grant: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, South Dakota Arts Council. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2012 - 2012)
  • Teaching Improvement Grant, USD Center for Teaching and Learning. Grant Role: Principal. (2011 - 2011)
  • Teaching Improvement Grant, USD Center for Teaching and Learning. Grant Role: Principal. (2010 - 2010)
  • Conference Travel Grant, USD's College of Fine Arts. (2018)
  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion Area Community Foundation. (2016)
  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion Area Community Foundation. (2015)
  • Project Grant: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, South Dakota Arts Council. (2014)
  • Conference Grant, Association of Theatre in Higher Education. (2013)
  • Conference Travel Grant, USD's College of Fine Arts. (2013)

Publications:

Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Gordon-Bland, Chaya. Embodying Greek Period Style. In Physical Dramaturgy: Perspectives from the Field, edited by Bowditch, Rachel; Casazza, Jeff; Thornton, Annette, pp. 15-27. London and New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • Gordon-Bland, Chaya. Standing on the shoulders of Arlecchino: how variant philosophies regarding the ontology of Commedia dell'Arte support (or undermine) current pedagogical practices and trends. In Routledge Companion to Commedia dell'Arte, edited by Judith Chaffee and Olly Crick, pp. 2-3. London: Routledge, 2014.
  • Gordon-Bland, Chaya. Faculty Practice of Inclusive Excellencce. Edited by Jesus Trevino, p. 5. Vol. October 2013. Vermillion, SD: University of South Dakota Office for Diversity, 2013.
  • Person, Sam, Molina, Angie, Willis, Mike, and Gordon-Bland, Chaya. The Relish. In Please note that I am not an author on this publication, but rather then publication came about as the result of a playwriting workshop offered by the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival in 2012., 8 pages. Cedar Rapids, IA: Heuer Publishing , 2012.
  • Gordon-Bland, Chaya. Chekhov in the House of Atreus: Invoking Michael Chekhov in teaching Greek Period Style. In ATME News: History, Pedagogy and Process, edited by Diana Moller-Marino & Ezra LeBank, pp. 26-29. Vol. 20, Iss. 2. Association of Theatre Movement Educators, 2012.

Awards and Honors:

  • Belbas Larson Award For Excellence in Teaching, University of South Dakota, 2018
  • Champion of Inclusive Excellence Award, nominee, University of South Dakota, 2018
  • Directing Commendation, American College Theatre Festival, Region V, 2018
  • Ensemble Performance Commendation, American College Theatre Festival, Region V, 2018
  • Invited Scene Showcase, nominee, American College Theatre Festival, Region V, 2017
  • President's Award for Research Excellence, nominee, University of South Dakota, 2017
  • Certificate of Merit, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region V, 2017
  • Po'okela Award, Hawaii State Theatre Council, 2016
  • Certificate of Merit, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region V, 2015
  • Certificate of Merit, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region V, 2015
  • Showcase of Invited Scenes, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region V, 2015
  • Invited Scenes Showcase, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region V, 2014
  • Certificate of Merit, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region V, 2014
  • Best Local Production Award, Sioux City Journal, 2013
  • American Prize for Opera Performance, 2nd place, 2013
  • 2011-2012 Opera Production Competition, 3rd prize, National Opera Association, 2012
  • Presidential Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship nominee, University of South Dakota, 2012
  • Best Local Theatre Production, Sioux City Journal, 2011
  • Pulsar Award Winner, Lansing Michigan's City Pulse Newspaper, 2010
  • Pulsar Award Nominee, Lansing Michigan's City Pulse Newspaper, 2010
  • Learning Leader, Michigan State University Department of Residence Life, 2009
  • Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, University of Pittsburgh, 2008
  • Best Graduate Actor in a Mainstage Production, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
  • Governor's Award for Excellence in Education, State of Kentucky, 2003
  • Doris Kershner Best Production Award, 1997

Presentations:

  • Gordon-Bland, Chaya. The Hunter Heartbeat Method: An Overview. Presented at the Of An Age and for all Time, Cincinatti, Ohio. (January 2018)
  • Gordon-Bland, Chaya, Kelley, Bruce, Reeves, Deborah, Miller, Stephen, Sellars, Lamont, St. Vrain, Michelle, DeJager-Loftus, Danielle, Burrow, David. Green Violins: USD's Campus-Wide Celebration of Yiddish Arts, Culture and History.
  • Gordon-Bland, Chaya. Shakespeare and Cultural Exchange: Educational Outreach of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival. Presented at the Shakespeare in South Dakota: a symposium exploring the state's Shakespearean past and present, USD. (March 19, 2016)
  • Gordon-Bland, Chaya. Shakespeare and Native American Students: Discussion of Teaching. Presented at the Shakespeare in South Dakota: a symposium exploring the state's Shakespearean past and present, USD. (March 19, 2016)
  • Gordon-Bland, Chaya. Shakespeare Live: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival. Presented at the Shakespeare in South Dakota: a symposium exploring the state's Shakespearean past and present, USD. (March 18, 2016)
  • , Gordon-Bland, Chaya, , , Murray, Jason, Brandt, Bruce. Presented at the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, The National Music Museum. (March 2016)
  • Gordon-Bland, Chaya. Paving the Pathway to Play: the Neutral Mask in Actor Training. Presented at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Orlando, Florida. (August 2013)
  • Gordon-Bland, Chaya. Chekhov in the House of Atreus: Invoking Michael Chekhov in teaching Greek Period Style. Presented at the Performance as/is Civic Engagement, Washington D.C.. (August 4, 2012)
  • Gordon-Bland, Chaya. Standing on the shoulders of Arlecchino: how variant philosophies regarding the ontology of Commedia dell'Arte support (or undermine) current pedagogical practices and trends. Presented at the Passing on the Commedia dell'Arte Tradition: Past and Present Training and Pedagogical Approaches, Toronto, Canada. (February 2012)
  • Gordon-Bland, Chaya, Hilliard III, Ronald. Still Burning: Investigating Race, Class and Education in and Beyond Post-Riot Detroit through Michigan State University's Production of Palmer Park. Presented at the Detroit: Global City, Detroit, Michigan. (September 2011)