Vivian Appler

Associate Professor

Address: CATO, Room 307

Vivian Appler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. At the College of Charleston, she teaches courses in theatre history, devised theatre, and script analysis. She has taught at the College of William and Mary, Temple University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Penn State Abington. Her research interests include science and performance, practice-as-research, puppetry and mask, and activist theatre. Her writing has been published in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, and the forthcoming Routledge Guide to Jacques Lecoq. She is currently developing a monograph about women performing science.

In addition to her scholarly work, she has extensive practical experience in devised and physical theatre. She has acted, directed, devised, and designed puppets in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Pittsburgh, PA. She holds a certificate in Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. In 2010, she was granted a Fulbright Fellowship for which she worked in residence at the Dimitri Clown School in Verscio, Switzerland, in order to research, write, and design masks and puppets for the science-integrative play, Particle Play: A Romance for Quarks, Strings, and Other Things. Her solo show, In the Still of the Night: Andromeda’s Dark Stuff premiered in 2013.  In 2017, she directed Lauren Gunderson's Silent Sky at CofC .


B.A. College of William and Mary

M.A. Queen Mary, University of London

Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

Honors and Awards

Dibner Research Fellowship in the History of Science and Technology, The Huntington Library, 2015-16

Fulbright Fellowship, Switzerland, 2010-00


“Mimes, ‘Mimes,’ and Miming.” The Routledge Guide to Jacques Lecoq (forthcoming in 2017)

“Between Actions and Objects, Objects and Ideas: The Telescope in Thomas Tomkis’s Albumazar.” Comparative Drama. 50.1 (Spring 2016)

“Moonwalking with Laurie Anderson: The Implicit Feminism of The End of the Moon.” Journal of American Drama and Theatre. 28.2 (Spring 2016). Link: