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Lynne Perkins Socey

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts


  • Theatre Arts


  • M.F.A., Florida State University
  • B.A., Indiana University

Selected Courses

Acting One, Acting Styles (Shakespeare & High Language, Realism, Comedy & Farce, Improv, etc.), Directing, Movement for the Stage, Theatre for Change, Public Speaking Collaboration, Analysis & Expression, Earlham Seminar I, Applied Theatre: Acting, Stage Managing, and Assistant Stage Managing.


Lynne Perkins Socey has worked as a professional actor, director, casting director and producer for nearly 30 years, directing a wide range of productions including Into The Woods, Othello, Arsenic & Old Lace, The Laramie Project, Pinocchio, A Midsummer Night's Dream, How I Learned to Drive, Anything Goes, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Good Person of Sichuan and Charlotte's Web for organizations such as the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, the Human Race Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre, Lilly Theatre at the Children’s Museum, City Center Children’s Theatre, Brown County Playhouse and many university theatres. 

She served as Artistic Director of Picture This for eight years and spent 17 years directing and five years producing for Bridgework Touring Theatre. Her passion for new play development stems from many years of work with the Bonderman National Youth Theatre Playwriting Symposium and the Indiana Theatre Association’s Works-in-Process Conference. Lynne’s acting credits include productions at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Performing Arts Center, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, the Human Race Theatre Company, Cape May Stage, Red Barn Playhouse and the Phoenix Theatre among others. A former president of the Indiana Theatre Association's Professional Division, she has served as an Artist/Instructor for Young Audiences of Indiana, IRT's Summer Youth Acting Conservatory and as Co-Producer and Instructor for Off the Cuff and Mud Creek Players' Barn R.A.T.S. summer theatre camps. Lynne is a founding member of the Richmond Shakespeare Festival and will direct The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet for its inaugural season in June of 2014.

Professional Memberships

Actors' Equity Association
Richmond Shakespeare Festival, Inc.,
TYA/USATeacher Trainee
Expressive Actor Training (Michael Lugering)

Special training in:

Integrated Voice, Movement & Acting Training, Alexander Technique, Linklater Voice Training, Meisner Acting Training and other Stanislavsky-based methods, Improvisation, Ensemble Development Methods, Applied Theatre Techniques and Theatre Arts in Education.

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