Dr. Marcy Rose Chvasta

Lecturer

Education

Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 2002: Speech Communication,
Performance Studies emphasis.

Dissertation Title: Screening Bodies: Live and Mediated Performance.
Directed by Ronald J. Pelias.

M.A. with Distinction, California State University, Northridge, 1996: Speech Communication,
Cultural and Performance Studies emphases.

Thesis Title: ACTing UP for Efficacy: Performing (at) the Intersection of Social and Cultural Processes. Directed by Christie A. Logan.

B.A., Arizona State University, 1993: Communication, Intercultural Communication emphasis.

Employment

Positions Held:

Lecturer. Department of Communication Studies. California State University, Stanislaus. 2010-present.

Assistant Professor: Department of Communication; University of South Florida. 2002-09.

Instructor: Department of Communication; University of South Florida. 2001-2002.

Graduate Teaching Associate: Department of Speech Communication; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. 1996-1998; 1999-2001.

Graduate Research Assistant: Department of Speech Communication; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. 1998-1999.

Graduate Teaching Associate: Department of Speech Communication; California State University, Northridge. 1994-1996.

Graduate Assistant, Readers Theatre Program: Department of Speech Communication; California State University, Northridge. 1994-1996.

 


Contact Information

Building Location: Demergasso Bava-Hall Building
See Building #21: Map

Office Location: DBH134 - See Map

Phone: (209) 667-3371

E-mail: mchvasta@csustan.edu

Courses Taught:

Undergraduate

Communication Research Methods
Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature
Persuasion
Performing Relationships
Young Adult Literature and Performance
Introduction to Communication
Performing Non-Fiction
Performing Identity
Children's Literature and Performance
Human Relations through Performance
Popular Forms of Public Communication
Introduction to Communication as Performance
Performing Culture
Oral Communication (hybrid)
Public Speaking
Readers Theatre

Graduate

Academic Cultures
Performance Production
Seminar in Communication Research Methods
Graduate Study in Communication
Performance Criticism
Historical Perspectives on Communication
Performance and Technology

Awards/Scholarships/Honors

Faculty Recognition Award. Department of Communication. Graduate Communication Association. USF. 2008.

Hub Award [for Teaching and Advising]. Department of Communication. Graduating Master's Students. USF. 2008.

New Teacher Award. Southern States Communication Association. 2006.

Hub Award [for Teaching and Advising]. Department of Communication. Graduating Master's Students. USF. 2006.

Faculty Recognition Award. Department of Communication. Graduate Communication Association. USF. 2005.

Undergraduate Appreciation Award [for Teaching and Advising]. Department of Communication. USF. Communication Council. 2004.

Hub Award [for Teaching and Advising]. Department of Communication. Graduating Master's Students. USF. 2003.

Thomas Pace Outstanding Teacher Award. Department of Speech Communication. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. 2000-01.

Marion Kleinau Theatre Award for Excellence in Performance Studies. Department of Speech Communication. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. 2000.

Top Competitive Paper, Performance Studies Division, National Communication Association Annual Convention. 1999.

Charles Mudd Award, Outstanding Graduate Scholarship, Department of Speech Communication. California State University, Northridge. 1996.

Dean's Award, Outstanding Graduate Student [in Scholarship, Teaching, and Service], School of Health and Human Services. California State University, Northridge. 1996.

Finalist, President's Associates' Outstanding University Graduate Student. California State University, Northridge. 1996.

Richard B. Aronstam Award, Academic Achievement and Department Service, Department of Speech Communication. California State University, Northridge. 1996.

Kent Joel Snyder Scholarship, Academic Achievement, Department of Speech Communication. California State University, Northridge. 1995.

Richard B. Aronstam Award, Academic Achievement and Department Service, Department of Speech Communication. California State University, Northridge. 1995.

Publications

Journal:

Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies. Co-Founder and Co-Editor with Michael LeVan. [First peer-reviewed, multimedia, online journal for performance studies.] Launched 2005.

Book Chapters:

Chvasta, Marcyrose, and Elizabeth Bell. "Performing Technologies." Performance Theories: Selves, Scenes, Screens. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2008.

Chvasta, Marcy R., and Deanna Fassett. "Traveling the Terrain of Screened Realities." Survivor Lessons: Essays on Communication and Reality Television. Eds. Matthew J. Smith and Andrew F. Wood. Jefferson: McFarland Press, 2003. 213-24.

Journal Articles:

Chvasta, Marcyrose. "Anger, Irony, and Protest: Confronting the Issue of Efficacy, Again." Text and Performance Quarterly 26.1 (2006): 5-16.

Chvasta, Marcyrose. "Remembering Praxis: Performance in the Digital Age." Text and Performance Quarterly 25.2 (2005): 156-70.

Chvasta, Marcyrose. "The Engastrimyth Squeaks: Know Thyself." [Audio] Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies 1.1 (2005). 

Chvasta, Marcyrose. "Screening Bodies: Performance and Technology." Performance/Text/Technology: An Ejournal .1.1 (2004). [Solicited essay.] Online. Now available via Google Scholar.

Chvasta, Marcy. "This is Not about Puppies." American Communication Journal 6.2 (2003). Online.

Chvasta, Marcyrose, "The Mediated Life: 'And I Loved Her.'" The Lucky Dip: A Performance Menagerie. Online.

Book Reviews:

Rev. of Karaoke Nights: An Ethnographic Rhapsody. Rob Drew. Symbolic Interaction 26.3 (2003). 489-92.

Rev. of A Culture of Secrecy: The Government Versus the People's Right to Know. Ed. Athan G. Theoharis. Rhetoric and Public Affairs 2.2 (1999): 362-63.

Rev. of AIDS, Social Change, and Theatre: Performance as Protest. Cindy J. Kistenberg. Text and Performance Quarterly 18.3 (1998): 268-70.

Other Research and Creative Activity:

"The Eternal Return." Audio. Part of Larger Multimedia Performance "Connaction: A Hairstory; or, In Praise of Follicles."

The Lucky Dip: A Performance Menagerie. Host/Designer and Contributor. 

Underscore: A Performance Collective. Host/Designer and Contributor.

Perfect Human. Video by digital performance collective Underscore. Underscore: A Performance Collective. November 2005.

"Straight Talk." Audio (with Michael LeVan). Underscore: A Performance Collective. December 2004.

"Tube-rculosis: Media Consumption." Video (with Michael LeVan). Underscore: A Performance Collective. November 2001.

Creative Non-Published Works

Performances (Selected Listing):

Director. "Cold Stares" written and performed by Roger Pippin; "The Lost Dichotomy: Co-Creation of Self" written and performed by Courtney Miller and Alysia Cuz; "In a Mire of Asphalt Memories" written and performed by Sara Dykins Callahan; "Contractual Calamity: An Artist('s) Remains" written and performed by Laura Bergeron. Patti Pace Performance Festival. Baton Rouge, LA. 19 January 2008.

Shock and Autonomy. Collaborative on-line and live performance project by digital performance collective Underscore. Live showing/webcast at Hofstra University. 2 May 2004. Archived at http://shockandautonomy.hofstra.edu.

Geek Love. Assistant Director to Elyse Pineau. Adapted from Katherine Dunn's novel by Elyse Pineau. Marion Kleinau Theatre, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. April, 2000.

Screening Bodies. Co-writer (with Michael LeVan) and Director. Marion Kleinau Theatre, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. November, 1999.

Hey, Who Put Their Bio in My Region?: (Dis)Connections. Director. Invited performance. Prairie QuestFest: Performance Studies Colloquium and Festival. Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon, IL. March, 1999.

Resisting Dys-Course. Co-director. One-person show written, co-directed, and performed by Keith Pounds. Marion Kleinau Theatre, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. April, 1999.

A Mother's Love. Lead performer. Written by Stacie Craig and directed by Penny Alspaugh. Christian H. Moe Laboratory Theater, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. July-August, 1998.

"Trial." Performer. Written and directed by John Pea. Performance Studies Sampler. Marion Kleinau Theatre, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. May, 1998.

(Re)Joyce. Performed "Mrs. Riordan" and "Bloom." Based on the works of James Joyce. Compiled and directed by Keith Pounds. Marion Kleinau Theatre, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. November, 1997.

Alias Grace. Performed "Mrs. Jordan" and "Mrs. Alderman Parkinson." Adapted from
Margaret Atwood's novel and directed by Elyse Pineau. Marion Kleinau Theatre, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. October, 1997.

"Myopia." Choreographer and performer. Graduate Student Spotlight Hour. Marion Kleinau Theatre, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. September, 1997.

"What's in a Name?" Personal narrative. Performance Studies Sampler. Marion Kleinau Theatre, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. May, 1997.

Censor. Performer. Co-directed by Ronald J. Pelias and C. Turner Steckline. Marion Kleinau Theatre, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. March, 1997. Also, invited to the Otis J. Aggertt Memorial Interpretation Festival, Indiana State University, Terre Haute. February, 1997.

Lint. Performer. Written by Rebecca Wolniewicz. Co-directed by Sabrina Robinson-Neill and Rebecca Wolniewicz. Marion Kleinau Theatre, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. October, 1996.

The Unfair Sex. Performer. Written and Directed by Peter Marston. California State University, Northridge. November, 1995.

"Earthquake Envy." Personal narrative. Invited performance. California State University, Northridge. February, 1995.

Grants

Innovative Teaching Grant. Co-PI Michael T. LeVan. Center for Teaching Excellence. USF. "Converting the Introductory Communication Course into a Blended Online Format." $4,050. Spring-Summer 2007.

Humanities Institute Grant. USF. Spiderwoman Theater Residency. $1,000.00. January-February, 2004.

University Lecture Series Grant. USF. Spiderwoman Theater Residency. $10,000.00. January-February, 2004.

New Researcher Grant. Co-PI Stacy Holman Jones. USF. "Creating Alternative Dialogue: The Women and Work Performance Project." $8,269. April 2003.

Presentations/Major Speeches

Competitive Conference Participation:

National:

"Communicating Worldviews: Solo Performances of Literature." National Communication Association Annual Convention. Chicago, November 2007.

"Framed: Ethics of the Gaze in Photography across Race and Gender." Respondent. National Communication Association Annual Convention. Chicago, November 2007.

"The Eternal Return." National Communication Association Annual Convention. San Antonio, November 2006.

"On the Possibilities and Challenges of Documenting Creative Work." Preconference. "Documenting and Evaluating Creative Work." National Communication Association Annual Convention. San Antonio, November 2006.

"Creating Shock and Autonomy: Collaboration/Community/Autonomy" (with Keith C. Pounds). National Communication Association Annual Convention. Boston, November 2005.

"Performing from Hatred." National Communication Association Annual Convention. Boston, November 2005.

"The Elocutionist Goes Digital." National Communication Association Annual Convention. Boston, November 2005.

"Tim Miller: Fast and Fierce." Coordinator and Chair. National Communication Association Annual Convention. Boston, November 2005.

"History of Performance Studies in Communication." Short Course presentation. National Communication Association Annual Convention. Chicago, November 2004. [Unable to attend.]

"The Script in Question." Discussion Panel Facilitator. National Communication Association Annual Convention. Chicago, November 2004. [Unable to attend.]

"Virtual Autography: On Becoming On-line." (with Michael LeVan). National Communication Association Annual Convention. November 2003.

"Straight Man." Excerpt from the novel by Richard Russo. Adapter, Director, Performer. Part of a panel on performing the academy. National Communication Association Annual Convention. November 2003.

"Conceptualizing Risk in Performance." National Communication Association. New Orleans, November 2002.

"Regrets in/and/of Performance." Co-coordinator (with Patricia English) and Chair. National Communication Association. New Orleans, November 2002.

"'I do Believe in Ghosts . . .': Anticipatory Regret and Performance." National Communication Association. New Orleans, November 2002.

"Queering/Querying Superheroes." Chair. National Communication Association. New Orleans, November 2002.

"Tube-rculosis: Media Consumption." National Communication Association. Atlanta, November 2001. Archived at http://underscore-collective.net.

"A Roundtable Discussion on the Possibilities and Pitfalls of Interactive Performance as a Method of Research." Discussant. National Communication Association Annual Convention. Seattle, November 2000.

"Screening Bodies." Video Installation. Sixth Annual Performance Studies International Conference. Tempe, March 2000.

"Live and Mediated Performance: A Medi(t)ation." Selected Top Paper by the Performance Studies Division. National Communication Association Annual Convention. Chicago, November 1999.

"On-line Ontologies and Technological Bodies." (Listed in program as "Human Agency and Secret Agents.") National Communication Association Annual Convention. New York, November 1998.

"It's In to be Out: On the Possibility of Bankrupting the Dominant Culture." National Communication Association Annual Convention. New York, November 1998.

"An Affront in a Storefront Window: The Performativity and Potentiality of Response to Political Art." ASSAULT: Radicalism in Aesthetics and Politics. Duke University, November 1996.

Regional:

"Documentation as Performance." Southern States Communication Association Annual Convention. Savannah, April 2008.

"Darkness at Sunset and Vine" [listed in program as "Las Brugjas: Witchcraft and the Female Body"]. External Reviewer for University of North Texas. Southern States Communication Association Annual Convention. Savannah, April 2008.

"Feminist Approaches to Performativity." Respondent. Southern States Communication Association Annual Convention. Savannah, April 2008.

"The Engastrimyth Squeaks: Know Thyself." Southern States Communication Association Annual Convention. Baton Rouge, April 2005.

"Communication, Dialogue, and Community—An Exemplar: Scholars Respond to the HopKins Black Box 'Across Disciplines' Program." Panelist. Southern States Communication Association Convention. Baton Rouge, April 2005.

"Performance Process and Digital Strategies." Discussant. Southern States Communication Association Annual Convention. Tampa, April 2004.

"Alternative Performance Production and Documentation." Coordinator and Respondent. Southern States Communication Association Annual Convention. Tampa, April 2004.

"Chicken Ethnographers, Bold Documentarians" (with Stacy Holman Jones). Southern States Communication Association Annual Convention. Tampa, April 2004.

"Contributed Performances." Chair and Respondent. Southern States Communication Association Annual Convention. Tampa, April 2004.

"Performance, Social Resistance, and Utopian Desire." Coordinator, Chair, Discussant. Southern States Communication Association. Birmingham. April 2003.

"Regulating Gender Performances: Masculinity and Sexualities." Respondent. Southern States Communication Association. Winston-Salem, April 2002.

"Bodily Arguments: Risky Sites/Cites." Coordinator and Chair. Central/Southern States Communication Association Joint Annual Convention. St. Louis, April 1999.

"CRTNET on 'Sextext': The Power of Signification." Central States Communication Association Annual Convention. Chicago, April 1998.

"Metanarrative Redevelopment via the Manipulation of Presence/Absence." Central States Communication Association Annual Convention. Chicago, April 1998.

"Misery is Our Friend . . . or, Finding a Friend in Misery: Postmodern Theories and Performative Praxis." Central States Communication Association Annual Convention. Chicago, April 1998.

"Performance and Ideology." Coordinator and Chair. Central States Communication Association Annual Convention. Chicago, April 1998.

simuLAcra. Performer. Western States Communication Association Annual Convention. Pasadena, February 1996.

Invited Lectures:

Guest Critic. Performing Artist Retreat. Solo work presented by John Anderson, Amy Burt, Sharon Carr, Heather Carver, Scott Dillard, Craig Gingrich-Philbrook, Dustin Goltz, Jonathan Gray, and Jennifer Tuder. The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center. Highlands, NC. 29 May-1 June 2008.

"On Derrida." Critical/Cultural Studies Methods. Department of Communication. Spring 2007.

"On Digital Publication. " Performance Studies Division Preconference. "Documenting and Evaluating Creative Work." National Communication Association. San Antonio, November 2006.

"Risk in/and/of Performance." Languages of the Stage. Department of Theatre. Fall 2004; Spring 2005.

"Theoretical Considerations in Mediated Performance." Performance and Technology Graduate Seminar. Department of Speech Communication, Rhetoric, and Performance Studies. Hofstra University. 26 April 2004.

"Performing Culture." Storytelling Undergraduate Course. Department of Theatre and Film. Bowling Green State University. 26 March 2004.

"Methodological Issues in Mediated Performance." Humanistic Methods Graduate Seminar. School of Communication Studies. Bowling Green State University. 25 March 2004.

"Screening Bodies: Performance and Technology." Keynote Speech. Virtual Conference of the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society. Bowling Green State University. 25-26 March 2004.

"Introduction to Performance Studies." SPC 6001. 15 November 2001; 16 March 2004.

"Collegiality." Graduate Communication Association. Department of Communication. 15 October 2003.

"Performance a la Performance Studies." Languages of the Stage. Department of Theatre. Fall 2003.

"Introduction to Performance Studies." Languages of the Stage. Department of Theatre. Spring 2003.

"Risk and Performance." Learning Community's Languages of the Stage. University of South Florida. Fall 2002.

"Performing from the Everyday to the Aesthetic." Learning Community's Languages of the Stage. University of South Florida. Fall 2001.

Service

Department:

Discussant/Facilitator. Department Professional Seminar. "Reviewing for Publication," with Michael LeVan, Carolyn Ellis, and Jane Jorgenson. 20 February 2008.

Faculty Sponsor. Accepted invitation to bring a performance to the Patti Pace Performance Festival. Advised, directed, accompanied, and funded three graduate and two undergraduate students. Baton Rouge, LA. January 2008.

Faculty Sponsor. Accepted invitation to bring a performance to the Patti Pace Performance Festival. Advised and accompanied graduate students who developed two performances. New Orleans, LA. October 2006.

Member. Search Committee. Assistant and Associate positions in Rhetoric/Media Studies. 2006-07.

Member. Search Committee. Visiting Professor of Media Studies position. 2006.

Member, Search Committee, Health Communication position. 2004-05.

Faculty Coordinator (with Stacy Holman Jones) for Communication Day. 2004.

Guest Critic. The Bad Beginning, adapted and directed by Elizabeth Bell. 28 March 2004.

Faculty Advisor to USF chapter of National Communication Association Undergraduate Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta. 2002-2008.

Member, Undergraduate Committee. Department of Communication. University of South Florida. 2001-2004; 2005-2006; 2006-2007.

Member, Salary, Promotion, and Retention Committee. Department of Communication. University of South Florida. 2002; 2004.

Presenter/Facilitator. Department Colloquium. "How to Do Things with Performance," with Elizabeth Bell and Stacy Holman Jones. 24 October 2001.

Presenter/Facilitator. Department Colloquium. "Communication and Technology," with Gil Rodman and Jane Jorgenson. 28 November 2001.

University:

Reviewer. College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Symposium. Spring 2007.

Co-host and Coordinator [with Stacy Holman Jones and Elizabeth Bell]. Biannual Visiting Artist/Scholar Program [Spiderwoman Theater, Tim Miller, and Elizabeth Whitney]. Department of Communication. 2004-present.

Committee Member. College of Arts and Sciences Computing Committee. 2004-present.

Reviewer. Internal Grant Awards, College of Arts and Sciences. 2003-2004; 2005-2006. 2006-2007. 2007-2008.

Regional Field:

Chair. Performance Studies Division. Southern States Communication Association, 2005.

Member. Hosting Committee. Southern States Communication Association Conference. April 2004.

Vice-Chair. Performance Studies Division. Southern States Communication Association. [Performances Studies Division Planner, SSCA Conference, Tampa, FL, 2004].

Vice-Chair Elect. Performance Studies Division. Southern States Communication Association, 2003.

Southern Representative for Performance Studies Division. National Communication Association. November 2002-2003.

National Field:

External Reviewer of performance production for Kelly Taylor (University of North Texas); Southern States Communication Association. April 2008.

Ad hoc reviewer. Communication and Critical Cultural Studies.

External Reviewer of performance production for Jacqueline Burleson (Virginia State University); Patti Pace Performance Festival. January 2008.

Member of ad hoc committee for the development of the National Communication Association Performance Studies Division's National Review Board. 2007-08.

Secretary. Performance Studies Division. National Communication Association. 2007-09.

Conference submission reviewer. Critical Cultural Studies Division. National Communication Association. Spring 2006.

Co-founder and Co-editor (with Michael LeVan). Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies [First peer-review, multimedia, online journal for performance studies.] Launched Summer 2005.

Member and Chair (2005), Short Course Committee for Performance Studies Division. National Communication Association. 2003-05.

Member (Southern Region Representative), Nominating Committee for Performance Studies Division. National Communication Association. 2003-04.

Ad-hoc book manuscript reviewer. Film as Social Practice, 4th ed. (Graeme Turner). Taylor & Francis. Spring 2003.

Co-editor. "Performance in Review." Text and Performance Quarterly. 2003-07.

Host/Designer. Underscore: A Performance Collective 2003-present.

Host/Designer. The Lucky Dip: An E-Zine Devoted to Performers and Their Work-Play. 2002-present.

Editorial Board, Women's Studies in Communication. 2001-present.

Assistant Guest Editor, "Special Issue: The Personal and Political in Solo Performance," Text and Performance Quarterly 20.1 (2000).