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The Movement of Theatre

Impact Accomplishment of the Year in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity

Ezra LeBank honored at University Achievement Awards

Ezra LeBank is in the midst of an extraordinary career in physical theatre performance, pedagogy and innovation.

The upcoming publication of his book, CLOWNS: In Conversation with Modern Masters, by the leading academic theatre publisher in England, Routledge Publishing, is an indication of the level of scrutiny, rigor, and analysis that LeBank brings to his work.

Academic examination into the pedagogy and philosophies of movement in theatre is challenging, vital, and underrepresented in American theatre. As the Head of Movement for the Theatre Arts Department, Mr. LeBank’s work strives to address that.

In the last 18 months Mr. LeBank developed and directed CSULB’s own community-based physical theatre ensemble, creating and touring their first performance Beneath the Surface: Stories of Water in Long Beach. He served as Co-Editor of ATME News, a peer-reviewed journal for the Association of Theatre Movement Educators. He published two peer-reviewed articles, and was a featured practitioner at the Poland International Contact Festival in Warsaw. His short film Twig House, was selected by a jury to appear in the Breaking 8 Film Festival of New Dance in Cagliari, Italy and he recently completed a second film Finding Home.

This summer he will be a featured presenter at the Israeli Acrobatics Convention, followed by a residency with the Adama Dance Company in Mitzpe Ramon outside of Tel Aviv. He has been invited to share research at the European Contact Improvisation Teacher’s Exchange at the University of Orléans in France, and in August he brings an original physical theatre performance piece, FLIGHT, to the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe. In creating FLIGHT, Mr. LeBank has chosen to work with CSULB alumni and current students, impacting their education and experiences far beyond the classroom.

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