As a writer, director, and performer, Liv brings a wealth of theatrical production experience to the classroom to guide aspiring scriptwriters and performers and engage all learners through a dynamic teaching style.
Professional Title: Associate Professor of Drama and Creative Writing
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Musical Theater Lyricist/Bookwriter; Theater Director; Screenwriter; Songwriter and Singer; Theatrical Producer; Performer
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Drama, Creative Writing, Literature and Internship courses in Humanities; Director of the Humanities Internship Program
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Art & Craft of Screenwriting; Art & Craft of Playwriting; Advanced Scriptwriting; World Drama I & II; Tragedy; Comedy; Contemporary Ethnic American Literature; Field-Work & Seminar in the Humanities
Education: B.S. in Theater and English from Skidmore College; M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts
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Productions of original work:
Associate Professor Liv Cummins performs original pop songs with a band at venues across the country. She also hosts a live variety show called “Saturday Night Liv,” and play ‘Marilyn Monroe’ in the show’s original comedy sketches.
Liv Cummins was thrilled to travel to Madrid, Spain on October 21, 2015 to see her original musical, Vanishing Point, produced in its Spanish translation, Punto de Fuga, in el Teatro Tribueñe, a flexible black-box theater. Isabel Fonseca performed in the show and adapted the text into Spanish, along with Carlos Herencia (who also directed the production). The production originally premiered last July in Madrid’s Teatro Lara. Robust audiences and excellent word-of-mouth from last year’s production led Teatro Tribueñe’s owner to book the show for a new round of performances this fall – confirmation that Spanish audiences connect with the show and its three strong women characters, 1920s legends Amelia Earhart (American aviatrix), Agatha Christie (British author), and Aimee Semple-McPherson (a Los Angeles, CA evangelist, originally from Canada). Witnessing audiences in Madrid react to Professor Cummins's work and hearing her lyrics and libretto translated into Spanish was an exciting experience. Ultimately, it reminded her that theater is itself a universal language and that, when you have a fascinating story to tell about ambitious, conflicted people striving for greatness – in essence, a human story – people everywhere respond. Production photos and video clips can be found at the show’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/puntodefugaelmusical?pnref=story.
More About Me:I believe in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, particularly as a way to engage first-year students.
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