Associate Professor, Theatre Studies
Director of Theatre Studies
Associate Department Head of Courses and Curriculum
Dr. Lindsay Cummings is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dramatic Arts and Affiliate Faculty with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and El Institute: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies. Cummings’ research interests include community-based performance, feminist performance, affect theory, Latinx theatre, and theatre for social change.
Cummings’ book Empathy as Dialogue in Theatre and Performance was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. She has an essay on engaged research, performance, and pedagogy, co-written with Inmaculada Lara-Bonilla, forthcoming from the journal Public. Her work on community-based performance in Appalachia has been published in Performance Research, and she has an essay in The Innovative Theatre of Naomi Wallace: Embodied Dialogues (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
Cummings serves as the Connecticut Repertory Theatre Dramaturg, mentoring student dramaturgs and initiating outreach and educational activities across the campus and in the wider community. Her own dramaturgical work includes The Curious Case of Phineas Gage (Split Knuckle Theatre), The Bourgeois Gentleman (Cornell University) and Leaving Queens (Portland Stage Company).
Cummings has worked in the literary and education departments at Portland Stage Company and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Nationally, she serves as President of the Women and Theatre Program, a focus group in the Association of Theatre in Higher Education. Cummings received her PhD from Cornell University in 2011.