Lynne Conner

Professor of Theater and Dance

Office: Runnals 111 [ campus map ]
Box 4524

Phone: 207-859-4524
Fax: 207-859-4533
Mailing Address:
4524 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8845
Office Hours:
on sabbatical 2014-15
Conner, Lynne


Ph.D. in Theatre History and Performance Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1994.
M.A. in Theatre Arts, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1986.
B.A. in English Literature, Oberlin College, 1980.

Areas of Expertise

  • Playwriting
  • Theater History
  • Dramatic Literature
  • Audience Studies
  • Directing
  • Community-based Performance Practice


Books and Monographs:
Audience Engagement and the Role of Art Talk in the Digital Era. Palgrave Macmillan 2013.
Pittsburgh in Stages: Two Hundred Years of Theater. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007.
Spreading the Gospel of the Modern Dance: A History of Newspaper Dance Criticism, 1850-1934. University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997.
In the Garden of Live Flowers (with Attilio Favorini). Dramatic Publishing Company, 2003.
Project Brief: The Heinz Endowments’ Arts Experience Initiative. The Heinz Endowments, 2008.
Recent Articles and Book Chapters:
"Music Talk" in Chamber Music Magazine, October 2014
“e-Interpreting: The Audience as Cultural Repository” in Theater Annual: A Journal of Performance Studies, 2012

“John Martin” in Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (forthcoming 2014)
Excerpt from Pittsburgh in Stages in The Pittsburgh Reader. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011.
“In and Out of the Dark: A Theory of Audience Behavior From Sophocles to Spoken Word” in Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America’s Cultural Life, co-edited by Steven Tepper and Bill Ivey. Routledge Press, 2008.
“Who Gets to Tell the Meaning?: Building Audience Enrichment.” in Grantmakers in the Arts Reader, Vol. 15, no. 1, (Winter 2004): 11-14.
"We the Audience,"
Recent Plays, Adaptations and DVD Scripts:
Lysistrata. (original adaptation) Colby College Theater and Dance, Strider Theater. November 2012
Bricolage Urban Scrawl 24 Hour Playwriting Festival, Bricolage Theater Company, Pittsburgh. March 27, 2010.
The Situation; Rising Above; You Think You’re the First?
Three DVD scripts for Carnegie Mellon University’s Interactive Theater Company. Produced and released by CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center, June 2011.
Double Take: Harnessing the Power of Negotiation.
Four video scripts for Carnegie Mellon University’s Program for Research & Outreach on Gender Equity in Society (PROGRESS), founded by nationally regarded economist Linda Babcock (author of Women Don’t Ask). Produced by CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center and released nationally in 2009 by PROGRESS.
1892/1982: Two Steel Stories
Theatre Festival in Black and White at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, October 17 - November 3, 2007. (full production) Winner of the Best Monologue Award.
American Humbug.
Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 2007. (Equity production)
In the Garden of Live Flowers (co-written with Attilio Favorini). Published by Dramatic Publishing Company.
Professional productions:
Main Street Theater, Houston, Texas, April/May 2004. (full production)
Theater-Hikes, Chicago, Illinois, April/May, 2004. (full production)
Actor’s Guild of Lexington, Kentucky, February/March 2003. (full production)
University productions:
Pacific Lutheran University, March 2014. (full production)
Carnegie Mellon University, November 4, 2005. (staged reading)
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, January, 2005. (full production)
William and Mary College, February 2004. (full production)
Slippery Rock University, November 2002. (full production)
University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre, February/March 2001. (full production)
High School productions:
Pentucket Regional High School, West Newbury, Massachusetts, November 2009 (full production)
Friona High School, Friona, Texas, Spring 2009 (full production)
Barrington High School Theatre, Barrington, Illinois, Fall 2008 (full production)
Essin High School, Essin, Texas, March 2005. (full production)
Kelliher Public School, Kelliher, Minnesota, November, 2004. (full production)
Bartok Night. Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society and performed with the Boromeo String Quartet.
Strider Theater, Colby College, October 2010. (full production)
Heymann Theatre, University of Pittsburgh, November 2004. (full production)


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