Lisa J Bernd, Ph.D.
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 Title: Asst College Lecturer AAUP
 Dept: Theatre & Dance
 Office: MB 267
 Phone: 216-523-7430
 Email: L.BERND@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. MB 267, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Education:
M.A., Theater History, Literature, and Criticism, CUNY-Brooklyn College
Ph.D., Theater History, Literature, and Criticism, University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
Brief Bio:
Dr. Bernd received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Theater History and is an Assistant College Lecturer at Cleveland State University. She has previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Oklahoma, and Case Western Reserve University. She has been a Kosciuszko Fellow in Polish Studies at the University of Warsaw and a fellow at the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.

Dr. Bernd's research focuses on how oppressed communities have preserved their identities and subverted oppression through theatrical activity. Investigating how theatre supports and preserves oppressed communities has led to articles that have been published in Text and Presentation, Theater Journal, Theatre Symposium, and Ecumenica. She has presented at national conferences such as The Association for Theatre in Higher Education, The National Communication Association, and The Comparative Drama Conference.

In addition, Dr. Bernd is a staunch advocate of open and hybrid pedagogy and regularly speaks about these topics. She recently received a Textbook Affordability Grant and a DOER (Designing with Open Educational Resources) Grant from the William and Flora Hewlitt Foundation that has enabled her to create resources that eliminate textbooks in THE111, saving students over $25,000 annually.

Her courses include Introduction to Theatre, Script Analysis, Dramatic Theory, and African American Theatre History I and II.  Dr. Bernd has been affiliated with Black Studies since 2011 and served on the CLASS Dean¿s Diversity Council from 2013-2017. In addition to The Tree of Oedipus (2019), she has worked as a dramaturg for CSU productions such as Emotional Creature (2017), Ubu Roi (2015), and The Dybbuk (2014).
 
Honors and Awards:
Designing with Open Educational Resources (DOER) Fellowship (with Heather Caprette, CSU eLearning). To develop student-created open resources to accompany open access textbook for THE 111: Introduction to Theatre. Open Education Group, William and Flora Hewlitt Foundation. Fall 2017.

Textbook Affordability Grant. To adopt an online Open Access Textbook for THE 111: Introduction to Theatre. Cleveland State University (SGA, CITDL and Michael Schwartz Library). Spring 2017.

Dean's Diversity Council Excellence Award for "Bringing Henrietta to Life: Medical Humanities and the Arts," presented to the CLASS Dean¿s Diversity Council, Cleveland State University, April 2014.

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities Grant, Case Western Reserve University, 2007-2008.

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities Seminar Participant, CWRU, Fall 2007.

Excellence in Teaching Award, Drama and Dance Association, University of Oklahoma, 2004.

Kosciuszko Research Fellow in Polish Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland, 1993-1994.
 
Creative and Activities:
Dramaturg, The Tree of Oedipus. Directed by Dr. Michael Mauldin, The Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre, Playhouse Square. Cleveland State University, April 2019.

Dramaturg, Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World. Directed by Holly Holsinger. The Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre, Playhouse Square. Cleveland State University, February 2018.

Dramaturg, Ubu Roi. Directed by Dr. Michael Mauldin. The Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre, Playhouse Square. Cleveland State University, November 2015.

Dramaturg, The Dybbuk. Directed by Dr. Michael Mauldin. Allen Theatre, Playhouse Square. Cleveland State University, November 2014.

"Bringing Henrietta to Life: Medical Humanities and the Arts," College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dean¿s Diversity Council, Cleveland State University, April 2014.

Dramaturg, Cabaret. Directed by Russ Borski. The Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre, Playhouse Square. Cleveland State University, November 2013.

Dramaturg, Midsummer Night's Dream. Directed by Dr. Michael Mauldin. Allen Theatre, Playhouse Square. Cleveland State University, November 2012.

Dramaturg, The American Dream and The Death of Bessie Smith. Directed by Russ Borski. The Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre, Playhouse Square. Cleveland State University, April 2012.

Dramaturg, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Adaptations for the Common Reader Experience at Cleveland State University, November 2011.

Dramaturg, Metamorphoses. Directed by Holly Holsinger, Factory Theatre, Cleveland State University, November 2010.
 
Research Interests:
My research agenda focuses on the relationship between theatrical activity and communal identity. How theatre supports and preserves oppressed communities has been central to my work. Communities investigated include: Partitioned Poland, Ireland under English Rule, Jewish Holocaust Survivors, African Americans, Canadian First Nations.
 
Teaching Areas:
Western Theatre History, Western Dramatic Theory and Literature, Dramaturgy, Script Analysis, African American Theatre History, Feminism and Gender Construction in Performance, Nationalism and Theatre, Theatre and Communal Identity, Noh Literature and Performance Theory