Department of Theatre and Dance
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Lynn Book’s 40-year history of interdisciplinary, transmedia practice cuts across boundaries between performance art, theater, dance, visual art, humanities, language and new music forms. She is active internationally, creating original, hybrid, experimental projects that have received citations, fellowships, and awards from among others, the National Endowment for the Arts, MacArthur Foundation for a project residency, Illinois Arts Council, Franklin Furnace, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and a residency at MacDowell Colony.
At Wake Forest, she has also received grants and support that include: the Provost Fund for Academic Excellence, the Provost Fund for Campus Innovations, Lily Foundation grant for teaching innovation, Teaching and Learning Collaborative, IPLACe (Center for Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts), Deans Research and Publication Fund, Archie Fund for Arts and Humanities Faculty Research, Global Studies Grant / CIEE, Reynolds Library Presidential Grant, Humanities Institute.
Lynn Book Projects have historically oriented to intricate solo methods and works, but have thrived on a host of collaborations including music improvisers, architects, opera companies and an entire Slovenian village. In this she inscribes an abiding investment in people, practice and place, with her teaching and institutional research grounding and extending that creative work. Since 2017, she has been developing her archive that spans this framework of interrogations and will serve as a pilot for Digital Humanities archiving practices with generous support from the Humanities Institute and the Digital Scholarship Initiative at Wake Forest University. Book has been developing a long-term video art and transmedia project under the title, “Unreading for Future Bodies”. Since 2013, video works with intersecting performances from this project have been shown in Hong Kong, UK, Berlin, Naples, Budapest and Australia with other iterations published in print and online in journals from Brazil, Greece and Italy.
Other works of note include, “In the Mouth of Chimaera”, an exhibition with installation and performance in Mt. Chimera, Turkey, 2014. In 2010, “FROTH”, a large-scale performance project at Symphony Space, New York City, was launched in collaboration with an opera company, an early music ensemble, a video artist and a contemporary music composer. In 2010 and 2011, Book was a featured artist at “ArtSTAYS”, an international contemporary arts festival in Ptuj, Slovenia, creating “SongSpot”, a new performance installation project, “HOLE – in search of opera without Opera” and as the U.S. curator designing and executing “In-Ex-Change”, an interactive media exhibition sited in several medieval structures and built around a network of collaborative responses between residents of the US and from the town of Ptuj.
Lynn Book has collaborated and/or worked on diverse projects with (among others): director Valeria Vasilevski in New York on new music theater performances; vocal artist and filmmaker Elise Kermani with whom she co-produced a CD of adventurous women composers; vocalist and composer Theo Bleckmann; architect and writer Madeline Gins in several “Reversible Destiny” events; Viennese experimental composer Katharina Klement, on the multi-media project, “RE:garding Next” in 2007 at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem. Earlier in her career she worked with experimental filmmaker Sharon Couzin whose film “Bouquet” featured Book and premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and with theater artist Ping Chong in “Angels of Swedenborg” as a principal performer in Chicago, Belgrade, Ljublijana, Zagreb and Novi Sod. In 2017, Lynn collaborated with IPLACe and the University Theater in securing Ping’s project, “Collidescope” and served as vocal coach for the production on the Tedford Stage.
WFU faculty collaborators include: Dr. Herman Rapaport (English), Jacqui Carrasco (Music), Dr. Wanda Balzano (Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies), Rich Robeson (Communication, Bioethics). In her previous position as the Program Director for Creativity, Lynn developed numerous projects, symposia and conferences across the University and community, and advanced creativity scholarship, publishing a book she co-edited with Dr. David Phillips (Humanities) in 2012.
Book’s creative work and innovations have been cited in numerous books, articles, and interviews including:
“Art in Chicago: 1945 – 1995” (Abell, et al, Thames and Hudson)
“The New Music Theater – Seeing the Voice, Hearing the Body”, (Salzman, et al, Oxford University)
“Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo: The Secret History of Yodeling Around the World” (Plantenga, Routledge)
“The Literary Theory Toolkit” (Rapaport, Wiley)
Online at:Penn Sound
Abrigo Portatil (Brazil)
Anglistica (University of Naples)
Synthesis (University of Athens)
New York Times
New Art Examiner
WKCR (Columbia University)
Lynn Book is a Teaching Professor in the department of Theatre and Dance, bridging both programs through her body focused practice grounded in theory and experimentation. Other contributions include voice and body coaching and conditioning and floral design for Season productions.
She also serves as Faculty Associate with Transart Institute, an international graduate and doctoral program in contemporary arts practice, accredited by Western Sydney University, AU, University of Plymouth, UK. Book has taught and/or served as program director and/or graduate advisor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College, Chicago, Sarah Lawrence College, NY, New York University, the Kitchen Summer Institute, Transart Institute, Movement Research, and her own, Voicelab, an educational and culture organization in NYC where she refined her pedagogy of ‘voicing bodies’.
B.F.A., Memphis College of Art, sculpture, performance, Memphis, TN
Additional studies: New School University, NY, University of Memphis, TN, University of North Texas, TX
“Performance Art” (Theatre and Dance)
“Border Crossings – Creativity in the Mix and the Margins”, (FYS, Theatre and Dance)
“Whole Person Creativity” (for the minor in Entrepreneurship in the College of Liberal Arts)
“Voice – Theory, Practice, Experiment” (for the Interdisciplinary Honors Program, developed and taught with Dr. Rapaport, English)
“Dada! 100 Years of Edge Innovation”
“Wild Ideas: Performance an Utopian Desire”
“Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Social Change – Wake, Berlin and Beyond”
“Women, Entrepreneurship, Food and Place”
“IF Labs – a Maker Festival”
“Creativity and Innovation”
“Creativity – Worlds in the Making”
“Engaging Creativity in the Liberal Arts”
“Cook It Up”
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