McDaniel alumna heads to Russia with Fulbright program

June 28, 2011

Robyn Quick ’84, professor and the coordinator of the Theatre Studies program at Towson University, has been awarded a Fulbright Award for her work in intercultural theatre, new Russian drama, the role of women in theatre and dramaturgy in higher education. She teaches courses in theatre history and dramaturgy.

During her Fulbright experience, Quick plans to integrate her interests into a teaching curriculum focused on dramaturgy, which she will apply to a group of Russian theatre students enrolled at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. She also expects to share some aspects of the dramaturg’s process with the Russian theatrical artists with whom she will be working.

McDaniel Theatre Arts Professor Ira Domser remembers Quick as a “bright light in a class of bright lights.” Quick was cast in the first play Domser designed at then WMC Theatre as Lucky, the decidedly unlucky servant of Potzo, in Samuel  Becket’s “Waiting for Godot.”

“I remember her delivery of  Lucky’s monologue as a ‘motorcycle ride through hell,’” Domser says. “Her powerful portrayal helped convince me that WMC, now McDaniel, was/is the Garden of Eden of theatre programs. I am sure she will thrive in the Russian Theatre scene and continue to honor McDaniel College, Towson University and herself on her Fulbright journey.”

During her time abroad, Quick will explore and develop her dramaturgic interests through conversation with Russia’s theatrical specialists. She holds a Ph.D. in theatre studies from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in theatre from Kent State University and a bachelor's degree in theatre and English from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College.  She is the 2010 recipient of the Elliot Hayes Award for Excellence in Dramaturgy from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

Quick’s areas of research include intercultural theatre, new Russian drama, women in theatre and dramaturgy in higher education. She has presented at numerous national conferences and has published articles in American Theatre, The New England Journal of Theatre, Slavic and East European Performance, Theatre Studies, and Technological Horizons in Education. She has also worked with several companies including The Hippolytus Project, Action Theatre, Theatre Kent, Catalyst Theatre, the Maryland Arts Festival and the Ann Arbor Repertory Theatre. She served as a production dramaturg for the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival and the dramaturg and coordinator of the New Russian Drama Project, a collaborative venture of the Center for International Theatre Development and the Towson University Department of Theatre Arts. Quick is the chair of dramaturgy for Region 2 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

For more than six decades, the Fulbright Program has served as the U.S. government’s premiere international exchange program intended to foster mutual understanding and cultural communication between the people of the United States and the people of over 155 foreign countries. One of the most prestigious of scholarships offered by the national government, the Fulbright award has facilitated the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills among the world’s many institutions of higher education.