Science Play Research and Catalogue Accolades

Denise Gillman participated in a panel discussion on “What is a Science Play” as part of Mad Cow Theatre’s Science Play Festival.  The panel included playwrights Lauren Gunderson (Silent Sky and Ada and the Engine) and Laura Maria Censebella (Paradise and Interviewing Miss Davis).  Jim Braswell served as moderator.

Anna Galanides received CNU Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity 2020 Summer Scholar grants to conduct research and create posts for the scienceplays.org website

Corbett Condit-Fox received a 2020 Honor Summer Stipend to conduct research for The Living, a science play set during the 1665 Black Plague in London.

Denise Gillman received a Faculty Development grant to conduct research on a new play version of the Frankenstein myth, Dr. Frankenstein by Selma Dimitrijevic.  She will travel to Geneva, Switzerland in the summer of 2021.

Fiona Tucker received an Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Research Apprentice Program grant to serve as Assistant Director for the upcoming TheaterCNU production of The Living, a science play set during the 1665 Black Plague in London.

Trevor Boynton gave an interdisciplinary salon presentation on his dramaturgical work for the science play, An Experiment with an Air Pump.

Received CNU Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Summer Scholar grant in 2019 to conduct dramaturgical research for the science play, An Experiment with an Air Pump.

Denise Gillman is the first recipient of the 2019 CNU Faculty Excellence Award for Interdisciplinarity for her teaching, research, scholarship and directing of science plays and merging the fields of theater and science.

Gillman received the Class of 2013 Faculty Development Award for Mentoring and Service for my mentoring of students in the exploration of science play research, scholarship and creative activity.

NCUR The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (April 10th-13th 2019) 

Meaghan Yesford’s abstract, ” The Integration of Science and Theater: Creating The Science Play Digital Catalogue ” was selected to present at NCUR, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, at Kennesaw State University. Her abstract was chosen among more than 4,000 submissions and she will present her undergraduate research in April of 2019.

Yesford received CNU Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Summer Scholar grant in 2018 to conduct research and create posts for the scienceplays.org website.

Comparative Drama Conference- Orlando, Florida (April 5th-8th, 2018) 

At the Comparative Drama Conference, scholars, playwrights, and artists come together to share thoughts and ideas regarding the theatre world. Denise Gillman and Brooke Sanders presented their Scienceplays.org website at the conference, integrating technology into the sciences and theater field. Upon presenting, several audience members praised the catalogue as well as provided feedback for the two women.

Rachel Ingle received an Honor Summer Stipend to conduct research in London on Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins for the TheaterCNU production of Photograph 51.  She presented her research at the Photograph 51 Interdisciplinary Salon Speaker series.

Danielle Hartman received her MFA in theater pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she wrote her thesis, “In Pursuit of Women Scientists: Using Science Plays to Promote Women Entering STEM Disciplines.” This work received the American College Theater Festival/Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival prize for Innovative Graduate Studies in 2016.

Shannon Farrow McNeely received her BFA in Theater from Christopher Newport University research thesis “Act Like a Scientist: Science Theater as a Creative Approach to Address Gender Disparity in STEM Careers” was presented at the Paideia Conference (2016) and the Comparative Drama Conference (2017), received Christopher Newport’s Cupola Award, and is published in their journal of undergraduate research (2016).

Denise Gillman received the Prize for Innovative Teaching for Region IV (Southeast), Association for Theater in Higher Education/Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for her interdisciplinary work on science plays.