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Joyce Lu

Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance; Chair of Theatre and Dance
With Pomona Since: 2008
  • Expertise

    Expertise

    Joyce Lu teaches contemporary drama and performance. She specializes in applied theatre, movement, Asian and Asian American performance, with expertise in guiding people to devise autobiographical, self-revelatory work. A certified Feldenkrais Method practitioner, she has danced with Body Weather Laboratory in Los Angeles and Christine Germain & Dancers in the Bay Area. She also dances with Burat Wangi, the Balinese dance and music ensemble directed by I Nyoman Wenten and Nanik Wenten. Joyce is the founder and director of LA Playback Theatre Company. She is a former member of the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble in the Bay Area and is currently pursuing training in psychodrama.

    Research Interests

    • Race & U.S .Contemporary Performance
    • Use of Playback Theatre in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Work
    • Intersections of Performing Arts, Generative Somatics, and Healing Justice

    Areas of Expertise

    • Applied Theatre
    • Somatics Movement Arts
    • Devising Theatre
    • Asian Diasporic Performance
    • Race Theory
    • Solo performance
    • US Contemporary performance
  • Work

    Work

    “The Grace to Resist: The Role of Art in Combating Institutionalization,” in Ngugi in the Americas, Ed. Timothy Reiss, Africa World Press (forthcoming)

    “Pilipino American Movement Innovation:  Alleluia Panis and Kularts,” in California Dreaming: Movement and Place in the Asian American Imaginary. Ed. Christine Bacareza Balance and Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns, University of Hawai’i Press, 2020.

    “Body Weather Laboratory Los Angeles: An Interview with Roxanne Steinberg & Oguri,” in The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance, Ed. Bruce Baird & Rosemary Candelario, 2018

    “Unimaginable Change.” SenseAbility: a newsletter of applications of the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education by Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioners. 56 (Spring 2012): 4-5.

    "Tribal Fever," American Theatre. May/June 2005

    Selected Performances

    Playback Theatre Performance, Pangaea Playback Theatre, Directed by Hannah K. Fox, Tele’drama International Psychodrama Conference, online, 2020

    Playback Theatre Performances for various diversity equity and inclusivity trainings, Oakland Freedom Theater, in-person and online, 2019-2020

    Corps Étranger ll, Directed by Christine Germain, Tangente Danse, Montréal, 2017

    The Distance is Beautiful / La Distance la Plus Courte Entre Deux Points n’est pas Une Ligne Droite, Lead Dancer, Directed by Oguri and Lola González, Grand Park, 2017

    Grace Needs A Mirror, original devised performance, Directed by Barry Shabaka Henley, Highways Performance Space, 2016

    Mare Ibrium, directed by Hirokazu Kosaka and Oguri, Grand Performances, Los Angeles, 2015

    Remembering Again, choreography and dance with Christine Germain & Diana Lara, San Francisco International Arts Festival, Fort Mason, San Francisco, 2015

    Settlement, performer, (collaboration between Los Angeles Poverty Department and Stay If Only Temporary (Brussels), directed by Hans Van den Broeck and Anuschka Von Oppen, The Box Gallery, Los Angeles, 2014

    A (micro) history of world economics, danced, with Los Angeles Poverty Department, directed by Pascal Rambert, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2014

    Mare Ibrium, directed by Hirokazu Kosaka and Oguri, Grand Performances, Los Angeles, 2015

    Remembering Again, choreography and dance with Christine Germain & Diana Lara, San Francisco International Arts Festival, Fort Mason, San Francisco, 2015

    Settlement, performer, (collaboration between Los Angeles Poverty Department and Stay If Only Temporary (Brussels), directed by Hans Van den Broeck and Anuschka Von Oppen, The Box Gallery, Los Angeles, 2014

    A (micro) history of world economics, danced, with Los Angeles Poverty Department, directed by Pascal Rambert, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2014

    Cold Dream Colour: A Dance Homage to Louis Le Brocquy, Dr. Oguri & Morleigh Steinberg, Works & Process Series, Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2013

  • Education

    Education

    Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

    M.F.A., University of Hawai’i at Manoa

    B.A., Occidental College

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Acting Studio: Acting for Film and Television
    • Acting Studio: Acting for the Classical Theatre
    • Acting Studio: Acting for the Realistic Theatre
    • Basic Acting: (Performing) Asia America
    • Basic Acting: Acting for Social Change
    • Basic Acting: Tools and Fundamentals
    • Community Theatre Practice: Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed
    • Intermediate Acting
    • Race and Contemporary Performance
    • Staging our Stories: Contemporary Asian American Drama
    • The Moving Body
    • Theatre Performance
    • Theatre Performance and Pedagogy
    • Theory/Criticism/Praxis