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Randy Barbara Kaplan

Professor of Theatre
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Two actors in costume during a play.

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.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Ohio State University

  • M.A., SUNY Albany

  • B.A., Ohio State University


  • GENseng, SUNY Geneseo's Asian American Performance Ensemble

  • Member of the Honorary Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Association of Rochester


  • DANC 211: F/M/ Asian Dance Survey

    A study of classical, contemporary, and folk dance traditions of Asia as they relate to ritual, artistic, religious, social, political and philosophical influences. Attendance at on-campus theatrical performances may be required.

  • THEA 224: Acting Tech: Tai Chi Chuan

    Practical exercises in vocal and/or physical techniques for actors designed to complement the acting curriculum in THEA 221, 320, 330, and 340.