Laura Vidler

Laura Vidler

Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences / Professor

ARTS & SCIENCES

Arts & Sciences 110

Phone: (605) 677-5221

Email: Laura.Vidler@usd.edu

Bio:

Laura Vidler is Professor of Spanish and Associate Dean for Administration in the College of Arts and Sciences. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine and has published numerous works on performance studies and drama of the Spanish Golden Age. Her work problematizes the study of early modern staging practices and develops new theoretical models for such study. She is also a dynamic classroom instructor with over two decades of experience teaching Spanish language, civilization and literature. Dr. Vidler is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater and serves on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal, Comedia Performance. She was previously Associate Dean for International Academic Affairs, and Professor and Program Director of Spanish at the United States Military Academy, West Point.


Education:

  • Ph D, Spanish, University of California, Irvine, 2002
  • MA, Spanish, University of California, Irvine, 1995
  • BA, Spanish, New York University, 1992

Grants:

  • Poetry and Identity: Elizabeth Acevedo, South Dakota Humanities Council. (2017 - 2017)
  • Teaching and Learning Grant, USD Center for Teaching and Learning. (2017 - 2017)
  • Travel Grant, USD College of Arts and Sciences. (2017 - 2017)
  • Bilingual Interpreting for Tax Services in Sioux City, IA, Center for Academic and Global Engagement. (2015 - 2015)
  • LREC Programs for Regionally Aligned Forces: Curriculum and Assessment for the 7th Special Forces Group, Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). (2014 - 2014)

Publications:

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  • Vidler, Laura. La comedia y los animales en performance. In El teatro clásico en su(s) cultura(s): De los Siglos de Oro al siglo XXI. Actas selectas del XVII Congreso de la Asociación Internacional del Teatro Español y Novohispano de los Siglos de Oro, 419-438. New York: Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies, 2017.
  • Vidler, Laura. Foreword. In Melinda Camber Porter in Conversation with Octavio Paz, edited by Flicek, Joseph R., xiii-xiv. Vol. 1, Iss. 4. New York, NY: Blake Press, 2016.
  • Vidler, Laura. Foreword--recording. In Melinda Camber Porter in Conversation with Octavio Paz AUDIO BOOK, edited by Joseph Flicek. New York, NY: Blake Press, 2016.
  • Vidler, Laura. "Triunfo de Amor," Nao d'amores, July 12, 2015. Theater Review.. Vol. 12, Iss. 1. El Paso, TX: Comedia Performance, 2016.
  • Vidler, Laura. "El caballero de Olmedo," Shake and Falstaff, March 6, 2013. Theater Review., 167-169. Vol. 67, Iss. 1. Nashville, TN: Bulletin of the Comediantes, 2015.
  • Vidler, Laura. Kinesthetic Empathy and the Comedia Refundición. In Remaking the Comedia: Spanish Theater in Adaptation, edited by Susan García and Harley Erdman, 197-207. London: Tamesis Press, 2015.
  • Vidler, Laura. Performance Reconstruction and Spanish Golden Age Drama: Reviving and Revising the Comedia. In Book. New York NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • Vidler, Laura. "The Great Choreographer": Embodying Space in Lope de Vega's Fuenteovejuna, 205-219. Vol. 15, Iss. 2. Hamilton, Ontario: Early Theatre, 2012.
  • Vidler, Laura. Bourdieu, Boswell and the Baroque Body: Cultural Choreography in Fuenteovejuna, 38-64. Vol. 9, Iss. 1. Washington, DC: Comedia Performance, 2012.
  • Vidler, Laura. "The Severed Gate": Staging the Versatility and (Im)Permeability of the Reja, 69-88. Vol. 59, Iss. 1. Nashville, TN: Bulletin of the Comediantes, 2007.
  • Vidler, Laura. "What the Hell are the Mormons Doing on the Cutting Edge of Foreign Language Theater?": An Interview with Jason Yancey, 200-216. Vol. 3, Iss. 1. Washington, DC: Comedia Performance, 2006.
  • Vidler, Laura. The Shadow of Don Alonso: Staging Ghosts in the Comedia. In Critical Reflections: Essays on Golden Age Spanish Literature in Honor of James Parr, edited by Amy Williamsen and Barbara Simerka, 144-157. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2006.
  • Vidler, Laura. Coming to America: Translating Culture in Two U.S. Productions of the Spanish Comedia, 69-98. Vol. 2, Iss. 1. Washington, DC: Comedia Performance, 2005.
  • Vidler, Laura. Towards a Model of Historical Staging Reconstruction of Spanish Golden Age Theater: Fabia in Lope de Vega's El caballero de Olmedo. In The Theater of Teaching and the Lessons of Theater, edited by Domnica Radulescu and Maria Stadter Fox, 63-78. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005.
  • Vidler, Laura. Entre la espada y el escenario: The Presence, Absence and Manipulation of Stage Properties in Lope's El caballero de Olmedo, 95-125. Vol. 1, Iss. 1. Washington, DC: Comedia Performance, 2004.
  • Vidler, Laura. What Every Comediante Mentor Should Know, 169-174. Vol. 56, Iss. 1. Nashville, TN: Bulletin of the Comediantes, 2004.

Awards and Honors:

  • Richard and Sharon Cutler Award for the Liberal Arts, USD College of Arts and Sciences, 2017
  • Veteran-Friendly Statement of Achievement, USD Center for Teaching and Learning, 2017
  • Mosaic Award for Inclusive Excellence, USD Center for Diversity and Community, 2016
  • Superior Civilian Service Award, Department of the Army, 2014
  • Commander's Award for Civilian Service, Department of the Army, 2011

Presentations:

  • Vidler, Laura, , , . Interstate Passport: Putting Learning Outcomes to Work. Presented at the SACSCOC 2017 Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX. (December 4, 2017)
  • Vidler, Laura. 'Natural Magic': Cervantes, the Retablo, and the Neapolitan Camera Obscura. Presented at the Golden Age Theater Symposium, El Paso, TX. (April 21, 2017)
  • Vidler, Laura, McAllister, Melissa. Developing Passport Learning Outcomes and Proficiency Criteria: Human Cultures. Presented at the Interstate Passport Project, Webinar. (March 30, 2017)
  • Vidler, Laura. Mirror Neurons, Kinesthetic Empathy, and the Adaptation of Early Modern Spanish Drama. Presented at the Sound, Color, Shape, University of South Dakota. (March 29, 2017)
  • Vidler, Laura. 'All the Classroom's a Stage': Performance Techniques Targeted for Language Proficiency. Presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Chicago, IL. (March 9, 2017)
  • Vidler, Laura. The Future of Hispanic Studies in Higher Education. Presented at the Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA. (January 6, 2017)
  • Vidler, Laura. Planning and Executing an Effective Service-Learning Project for Students of Languages Other Than English. Presented at the South Dakota World Language Association, Custer, SD. (October 15, 2016)
  • Vidler, Laura, Venere, Sherry, Praud, Julia. New Approaches to Service-Learning for Second-Language Acquisition. Presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Columbus, OH. (March 11, 2016)
  • Vidler, Laura, McAllister, Melissa. Focusing on Learning Outcomes and Proficiency Criteria in the Human Cultures Goal Area. Presented at the Interstate Passport: Orientation Workshop for Faculty Leaders, Boulder, CO. (March 3, 2016)
  • Vidler, Laura, Safman, Teddi, Tom, Steen. Leading an Intrastate Team in Creating a System or State's Passport Block. Presented at the Interstate Passport: Orientation Workshop for Faculty Leaders, Boulder, CO. (March 3, 2016)
  • Vidler, Laura. "El especiecismo y el canon de comedias". Presented at the AITENSO Annual Conference, New York, NY. (October 23, 2015)
  • Vidler, Laura. Mentoring Among Comediantes. Presented at the Symposium on Golden Age Theater, El Paso, TX. (March 20, 2015)
  • Vidler, Laura. Comedia Animals Performing. Presented at the Symposium on Golden Age Theater, El Paso, TX. (March 19, 2015)
  • Vidler, Laura. The Poetics of Performance Reconstruction: Reviving and Revising the Comedia.
  • Vidler, Laura. Theory Performance. Presented at the Symposium on Comedia Translation and Performance, Bath, England. (November 2013)
  • Vidler, Laura. Reconstructing Performance Across Deep Time. Presented at the Shakespeare Association of America, Toronto, Ontario. (March 28, 2013)
  • Vidler, Laura. Comedia Performance Across Deep Time. Presented at the Annual Symposium on Golden Age Theater, El Paso, TX. (March 7, 2013)
  • Vidler, Laura. What Can I Say?: Perspectives on Comedia Reconstruction. Presented at the Annual Symposium on Golden Age Drama, El Paso, TX. (March 8, 2012)
  • Vidler, Laura. Bourdieu, Boswell and the Baroque Body: Cultural Choreography in Fuenteovejuna. Presented at the Annual Symposium on Golden Age Drama, El Paso, TX. (March 2011)
  • Vidler, Laura. 'The Great Choreographer': Embodying Space in Lope de Vega. Presented at the RSA Annual Symposium, Montreal, Quebec. (March 2011)
  • Vidler, Laura. Solmira as 'La última goda,' or How to Swordfight in a Skirt. Presented at the Annual Symposium on Golden Age Drama, El Paso, TX. (March 2010)
  • Vidler, Laura. Bourdieu on the Boards: Staging Fabia in El caballero de Olmedo. Presented at the MLA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (December 2008)
  • Vidler, Laura. Why Hillary Won't Win: A Reconstructionist-Revisionist Production of Valor, agravio y mujer. Presented at the Annual Symposium on Golden Age Drama, El Paso, TX. (March 2007)
  • Vidler, Laura. Swords and Swordplay on the Spanish Stage. Presented at the Soldiers, Saints and Scaramouche: The Iconography of the Sword, Gainesville, FL. (January 29, 2007)
  • Vidler, Laura. Revisiting Reconstruction: An Anthropological Approach to Staging the Comedia. Presented at the Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. (December 2006)
  • Vidler, Laura. Beyond Modesty: Costume as Prop in El caballero de Olmedo. Presented at the Annual Symposium , Georgetown University. (October 5, 2006)
  • Vidler, Laura. The AHCT Video Archives: 25 Years of El caballero de Olmedo. Presented at the Annual Symposium on Golden Age Drama, El Paso, TX. (March 2006)
  • Vidler, Laura. Jardín, Cárcel y Balcón: Staging the Reja in the Spanish Comedia. Presented at the Annual Symposium on Golden Age Drama, El Paso, TX. (March 2005)
  • Vidler, Laura. Coming to America: Translating Culture in Two U.S. Productions of the Spanish Comedia. Presented at the Seventh National Symposium on Theatre in Academe, Lexington, VA. (October 28, 2004)
  • Vidler, Laura. Translating Culture: Dakin Matthews' English-Language Production of Alarcón's La prueba de las promesas. Presented at the Annual Symposium on Golden Age Drama, El Paso, TX. (March 4, 2004)
  • Vidler, Laura. Entre la Espada y el Escenario: Swords and Swordplay in the Comedia. Presented at the Annual Symposium on Golden Age Drama, El Paso, TX. (March 06, 2003)
  • Vidler, Laura. Back to Basics: What Every Comediante Should Know. Presented at the Annual Meeting, New York, NY. (December 2002)
  • Vidler, Laura. The Shadow of Don Alonso: Staging Ghosts in the Comedia. Presented at the Annual Symposium on Golden Age Drama, El Paso, TX. (March 7, 2002)
  • Vidler, Laura. Towards a Model of Historical Staging Reconstruction of Spanish Golden Age Theater: Fabia in Lope de Vega's Caballero de Olmedo. Presented at the Fifth National Symposium on Theatre in Academe, Lexington, VA. (October 2001)
  • Vidler, Laura. Staging the Fool: Visual Codes of Stupidity in the Pasos of Lope de Rueda. Presented at the Annual Symposium on Golden Age Drama, El Paso, TX. (March 1997)