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Stephen Wisker

PhD, Theatre & Performance

STEPHEN WISKER (PhD Program) is a director and performer with a special interest in direct address, storytelling and group singing. After obtaining an MFA in Directing Shakespeare from the University of Essex in his native England, Stephen taught Shakespeare at the Actors Centre in London. In NYC he taught and directed Shakespeare at Atlantic Acting School / NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and later worked for both The Theatre Guild and The Living Theatre. Stephen is researching clowning and audience participation in Early Modern Theater, and developing his original performance Clown Hamlet for the Nintendo Generation (working title Not To Be). On a more theoretical track, Stephen explores ideas of laughter as a feedback loop and the centrality of clowning to the origins of theatre.