Judith Chaffee


Associate Professor of Theatre, Emeritus (Movement)


BS, Skidmore College; MS, Smith College; Diploma, International School of Comic Acting, Reggio-Emilia, Italy and Yoga RYT certification.


In 2011 she was awarded the BU Metcalf Cup and Prize for excellence in teaching, and the Association of Theatre Movement Specialists’ Outstanding Service Award. Additional training includes Body/Mind/Centering and experiential anatomy with Wendell Beavers and Erika Berland, Viewpoints and Suzuki with SITI Company, Meyerhold Technique with Gennadi Bogdanov and Nikolai Karpov in Moscow, Grotowski training with Sergey Ostrenko in Latvia and Prague, Action Theatre with Ruth Zaporah, and stage combat with Gregory Hoffman at UNLV. A specialist in dance, alignment/release techniques, Commedia dell’Arte, choreography, Viewpoints, masks, contact improvisation, and period styles, she has taught in England, Italy, Denmark, South Korea, Latvia, and extensively in the U.S. She published two CDs on Period Movement through Insight Media and is co-editor with Olly Crick of the Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte, to be released in 2014. She was co-artistic director/choreographer/dancer with Boston Dance Collective (1975–2000) and was awarded a Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship grant (1980) and Finalist award (1986). She has choreographed for OperaBoston, Central Square Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, North Shore Music Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Co., Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, Viborg Kulture Festival (Denmark), and Kwachon Madangkuk Festival in South Korea. She is a member of ATHE/ATME and maintains an informational website www.commedia-dell-arte.com.