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BuescherStephen Buescher

Teaching Professor

Department of Theatre and Dance

Stephen Buescher received his BFA in acting from California Institute of the Arts and is a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater, where he later became a company member and Associate School Director.

He has done further physical theater studies in Centre Selavy in France and with LUME, an international physical theater ensemble in Brazil. He has designed the movement training progression for the Masters of Fine Arts programs at both Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company and, most recently, the American Conservatory Theater.

Stephen has choreographed/designed movement at the American Conservatory Theater for “Hamlet,” “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” “Monstress,” “The Orphan of Zhao,” “Underneath the Lintel” and “Stuck Elevator.” He has also choreographed/designed movement at the Long Wharf Theatre, The Old Globe, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the Lorraine Hansberry Theater and Trinity Repertory Company.

As an actor, he has performed in numerous original works, with companies such as Dell’Arte International, Oktana Dance (Greece), National Theater of Greece, Heidelberg Danz Teater, American Conservatory Theater, Shotgun Players, Smith/Wymore Dance, Scott Wells and Dancers, and Deborah Slater Dance Theater.

Professor Buescher is currently directing a solo circus performance and is in the beginning phases of creating a clown show inspired by the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.


What excites you most about coming to UC San Diego?

I am very excited by the synergy of the faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance. There is palpably a new energy that is open to possibilities. I’m also elated that UC San Diego is a place of innovation and collaboration. I also hope to be challenged and inspired by the intellectual rigor of UC San Diego, and being amidst folks who specialize in areas other than theater and dance.

Why did you choose your field of study?

Theater has always been the place where the ‘pretend real’ is as valid and powerful as the ‘real real.’ I spend as much time as possible in my imagination and theater has given me the opportunity to prolong my innocence. I pursued physical theater specifically because, to me, it is the place where sport meets imagination.

What advice do you have for students who choose to major in arts and humanities?

Take what is offered and take what is not. Do everything that has been designed for you to do and simultaneously school yourself. Now is the time to follow all of those impulses and ‘what ifs.’ Don’t you dare leave this place with a pocket full of should’ves!!!

How do you view your role relative to the greater regional community?

There is always that golden time as a newcomer, when you have unlimited permission to wander and go places that you would never ever go if you knew where you were. I hope to continue to meet the city by venturing out. I hope to bring my theatrical curiosity and stranger status with me to help reflect the city back to itself in some way.

Tell us something about yourself that is not normally mentioned in your bio.

I have hiked the Inca Trail, run with the bulls, experienced the epicenter of an earthquake, and been buried alive.