Kyna Hamill is a writer and educator and sometimes finds her way on stage as a performer. She is the Assistant Director of Boston University’s Core Curriculum and a Senior Lecturer in dramatic literature in BU’s School of Theatre. She serves as the lead scholar at the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown and moderates their Spotlight Symposium series. A co-founder of Two Roads Performance Projects, Kyna co-produced the award-winning site-specific dance festival, Dance in the Fells. Kyna has also has studied stage fighting with Fight Director’s Canada and Tony Wolf and is the editor of They Fight: Classical to Contemporary Stage Fight Scenes (Smith and Kraus, 2003). She attended Antonio Fava’s commedia dell’arte school in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and has danced with Daniel McCusker and Wanda Strukus. Academically, Kyna specializes in the visual culture of the early Commedia dell’arte. She is particularly interested in the semiotics of objects and props in the theatre and has published articles in Print Quarterly, Theatre Symposium and The Performance of Violence in Contemporary Ireland. Her current book project examines the legacy of the Baroque print artist, Jacques Callot on art, literature and theatre. You can read Kyna’s articles on contemporary theatre at Howlround.com.
Kyna has researched the history of the Christmas classic “Jingle Bells” for a few years and has written in it roots in minstrel music. She has been featured in the Boston Globe, NPR Sunday Weekend Edition, Howlround’s Theatre History Podcast, BU Today and CBC Radio Canada (starts at 16:00) .