Chaya Gordon-Bland

Assistant Professor of Movement, Shakespeare, Period Styles; Artistic Director, South Dakota Shakespeare Festival

Chaya Gordon is an Assistant Professor of Movement, Shakespeare and Period Styles 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 has worked as an actor, director, fight choreographer, movement coach and teaching artist for theatre companies and Universities across the country such as the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, American Shakespeare Center, New England Shakespeare Festival, Inwood Shakespeare Festival, American Globe Theatre, Pitt Repertory Theatre, Roxy Regional Theatre, and the Black Hills Playhouse. Favorite roles include the title role in Antigone, Rosalind in As You Like It, and Puck in a Midsummer Night’s Dream. Selected directing credits include Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, As You Like It, Othello, Sweeney Todd and Medea. Chaya is a member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), and the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA).


Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

Fights 4 - Summer Sling

Aug 17, 2013 Unarmed New York, New York Basic Pass

Fight or Flight Academy

Jan 5, 2013 Rapier and Dagger St. Charles, Illinois Basic Pass

Drake University

Nov 16, 2012 Quarterstaff Des Moines, Iowa Recommended Pass

2010 Winter Wonderland Workshop 6

Jan 16, 2010 Broadsword Elgin, Illinois Basic Pass

2009 Winter Wonderland Workshop

Jan 18, 2009 Rapier and Dagger Elgin, Illinois Basic Pass
Jan 18, 2009 Unarmed Elgin, Illinois Recommended Pass