Dohyun Gracia Shin

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Gracia Shin 2019. 9. 13. 23:58

Dohyun Gracia Shin’s research explores representations of women and LGBTQ in the contemporary South Korean and East Asian theatre. She particularly focuses on how sexuality and gender can playfully digress/blur the heteronormative aspects with bodies on stage—both the characters represented through the body and the actor’s body that expresses that representation. Her current project examines how love suicides in Korea and Japan resisted the heteronormative society in the early 20th century and how the contemporary Korean musical theatre revives love suicides of the early 20th century on the stage. 


Her MA thesis, “Becoming the Dominatrix in David Ives’s Venus in Fur and Monika Treut’s Seduction: The Cruel Woman,” examines how the works portray the dominatrix's desire, distinguishing them from the predominant discourse of BDSM. She specifically focuses on how Wanda/Vanda as the dominatrix can pursue her subjectivity through the never-ending process of becoming something else, creating potentiality.


She has been writing reviews on Seoul-based contemporary theatres. As a co-editor, she published a web magazine called Monthly-Theater and archived reviews by the audiences in Seoul. She worked as a volunteer member with the publicity team at Seoul Performing Arts Company, a musical theatre company under the Ministry of Culture in South Korea. 


She holds a BA and an MA from Sogang University in English Literature as an albatross fellow. Currently, she is a PhD student in theatre and performance at the Graduate Center CUNY.



Research Interests:

Representations of women and LGBTQ in contemporary Korean theatre, intertextuality and contemporary adaptation in traditional forms of Korean theatre (e.g. pansori and chang-geuk), Gothic theatre, BDSM as representation, “modernization” in East Asia, love suicides in Korean/Japanese theatre



Current/Upcoming Projects:

1) The love Suicides in Post-colonial Korean musical theatre

2) Exploring queering aspects of Pansori 

3) The Handmaiden

An analysis of the film The Handmaiden by the director Chan-wook Park, a post-colonial film that explores lesbian desire under the suppression of patriarchal, heteronormative sexuality in Joseon during the Japanese colonial era (the early 20th century).



Research and Publications:

Events from the Arab/Islamic World at the 2019 PRELUDE Festival, New York

Arab Stages, vol. 11. (co-written with Jacquelyn Marie Shannon)

"Welcoming from the 21st century, Good-bye, Lee Sang" (theatre review)

Sogang University Graduate School Newspaper, 12.04.2017 (no. 143)

"From Dong-ju, To Dong-ju" (theatre interview)

Seoul Performing Arts Company, a programme of the musical Shooting at the Moon, Yun Dong-ju (2017)



Conference Presentations:

-"The Horror of Antebellum South Haunting on Stage: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s Appropriate (2013)," Sungshin Women's University, via Zoom, May 16, 2020.

-“The Helmet (2017): The Theatrical Excavation of the Women Protestors’ Narrative,” Temple University, via Zoom,  March 21, 2020. 

-“Becoming Wanda: Exploring her Multiple Subjectivity in Liminality,” Sogang University, Seoul, June 26, 2019.

-“Becoming Venus: Re-reading a Dominatrix in Venus in Fur,” University of Cambridge, Cambridge, December 2, 2018.

-“Growing out from the Stage: A Bildungsroman in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,” Seoul National University, Seoul, December 15, 2017.






instagram: @hwi_theatre


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