Randy Barbara Kaplan

Professor of Theatre

Brodie 173D
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
585-245-5806
kaplanr@geneseo.edu

Randy Barbara Kaplan serves as Full Professor of Theatre and Dance at SUNY-Geneseo where she teaches Acting and Directing, Topics in Theatre Education, including Dramatic Literature of the Holocaust and Children's Literature as Performance; she also directs and choreographs productions for the main stage season. As well, Dr. Kaplan serves Geneseo as Coordinator of Asian / Asian American Studies and Programming, and teaches Asian Studies courses in Theatre and Dance, including Asian Theatre Survey, Cultural Dances of Asian Peoples, and Taiji Quan for Actors. Dr. Kaplan has administrated the guest residences of Jamie Guan, Dai-Sil Kim-Gibson, Zvika Serper, Chinese Theatre Works, and those of many playwrights, including Lane Nishikawa, Elizabeth Wong, Marjorie Chan, and Jeany Park.

Dr. Kaplan is most proud of establishing GENseng, Geneseo's Asian American Student Performance Ensemble, now in its fifteenth year of continuous production. The company is the only one of its kind in the entire 64-campus SUNY system, and presents contemporary Asian American works every semester.

She is a member of the Honorary Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Association of Rochester.

Faculty Information

Education

  • Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • M.A., SUNY Albany
  • B.A., Ohio State University

Affiliations

  • GENseng, SUNY Geneseo's Asian American Performance Ensemble
  • Member of the Honorary Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Association of Rochester
Fall 2014 Classes

THEA 204:
F/M/Asian Theatre Survey

    A study of the development of the major classical and modern performance traditions of Asia. Attention is given primarily to the playhouses, the playwrights, the actors, the audiences, and the critic
    s, with the aim of providing perspective for the student's own theatrical experience. Attendance at on-campus theatrical performances may be required. Offered every fall
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THEA 224:
Acting Techniques:Tai Chi

    Practical exercises in vocal and/or physical techniques for actors designed to complement the acting curriculum in THEA 221, 320, 330, and 340. May be repeated for total of 4 credits.

THEA 311:
Directing I-Stu

    A study of basic elements of directing a play with practical experience in the direction of scenes and one-act plays in class and studio workshops. Attendance at on-campus theatrical performances wil
    l be required. Prerequisites: 18 hours of theatre, including THEA 130, THEA 140 and THEA 221, or permission of the instructor. Offered every fall
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THEA 311:
Directing I-Lec

    A study of basic elements of directing a play with practical experience in the direction of scenes and one-act plays in class and studio workshops. Attendance at on-campus theatrical performances wil
    l be required. Prerequisites: 18 hours of theatre, including THEA 130, THEA 140 and THEA 221, or permission of the instructor. Offered every fall
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