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I am a graduate of California State University, Northridge and UCLA. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a focus on technical theatre and design. After graduation, I began working for Walt Disney Imagineering as a 'figure finisher,' working on the audio animatronic figures for EPCOT, Tokyo Disneyland and New Fantasyland at Disneyland in California. While I worked for Disney, I also worked toward a second BA degree in Art and Art History. Just before I left Disney, I started my Master's degree program in Theatre, followed immediately by my doctoral program, also in Theatre, at UCLA.
As part of my dissertation research, I studied in England and was offered a job after graduation in a secondary school in England. I went from there to teaching at one of the colleges of the University of London. When a position opened up at the College of William & Mary, which is where I currently work.
While I teach a broad range of subjects, I am most passionate about Theatre Literature, Playwriting, Feminist theory and how it relates to theatre and film studies. I love teaching these subjects and collaborating with students, seeing them making connections within the subjects. I am also lucky, I think, because my favorite topics to teach happen to be extremely fun. Where else do you get to watch a film like Shrek for a class and analyze it?! I especially enjoy working with writers -both academic and professional. I believe that editing the work of others helps maintain freshness in my own writing.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading and watching old films. I have three dogs and 5 birds, including an African Grey and a yellow-naped Amazon who keep me busy and, in the case of the Grey and the Amazon, speak more coherently than I do!

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Laurie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Northridge - Bachelor in Arts, Theater Arts

Graduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Doctor of Philosophy, Theater Literature, History, and Criticism


I enjoy cycling and walking with the dogs. I am a loyal fan of spectator sports, particularly tennis and baseball. I like reading and old films, and I particularly like to travel. I have been very lucky in that my research interests have taken me to conferences around the world: Taiwan, India, England and the Phillippines, as examples.

Tutoring Subjects


Dissertation Writing


IB Extended Essay

IB Film

IB Visual Arts

Middle School English

Performing Arts

Public Speaking

Study Skills


Thesis Writing

Visual Arts


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