Chaya Gordon-Bland

Assistant Professor of Movement and Shakespeare

University of South Dakota

University of South Dakota Department of Theatre 414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
United States


Chaya Gordon-Bland is an Assistant Professor in Movement and Shakespeare in the Department of Theatre at the University of South Dakota, and the Founding Artistic Director of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival. Chaya holds an MFA in Performance Pedagogy from the University of Pittsburgh, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in movement, Shakespeare, classical styles, stage combat, and directing at USD. Chaya’s professional background includes work as an actor, teaching artist, director, and fight choreographer at theatre companies across the country including the American Shakespeare Center, the New England Shakespeare Festival, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, the American Globe Theatre,  Inwood Shakespeare Festival and the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival.  Favorite directing credits include As You Like It, Othello, Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, Medea , and Sweeney Todd.  Chaya has presented at conferences around the globe including the British Shakespeare Association’s “Global/Local Shakespeares” in London, Glendon College/York University’s “Passing on the Commedia dell’Arte Tradition: Past and Present Training and Pedagogical Approaches” in Toronto, “Detroit: Global City”, an interdisciplinary conference in and about Detroit hosted by the American Studies program at Wayne State University, and multiple appearances at ATME-sponsored panels at ATHE.  Chaya is a member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA) and the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) in which she holds Actor/Combatant status with weapons proficiencies in Unarmed, Rapier and Dagger, Broadsword, Quarterstaff and Knife. 

Movement Specialties:

Chekhov Training

Commedia dell'Arte


Martial Arts


Movement for the Actor

Period Styles: Acting

Physical Characterization

Stage Combat

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