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Lakshmi Damayanthi Bulathsinghala

Lakshmi Damayanthi Bulathsinghala

Lecturer, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Lakshmi Damayanthi Bulathsinghala is an adjunct Assistant Professor who teaches for the Departments of Asian and Asian American Studies, Music, Theatre, and Women Gender and Sexuality Studies at Binghamton University. She received her Ph.D. in the program in Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture from Binghamton University. She also holds two M.A. degrees in theatre: one from her home country Sri Lanka and the other from Binghamton University; in both places she majored in directing. Her directing activities at Binghamton include Patrick Marber’s After Miss Julie and Lee Blessing’s Independence. Since 2013 she has taught courses in “Gender and Sexuality in South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora”, “Women in Film: World Cultures”, “Imagining Women in South Asia”, “South Asian Culture and Society”, “Introduction to Indian Vocal Music”, “Dances of South Asia”, “Introduction to Asian Theatre”, and “Dance-drama Styles in India”.

Lakshmi is a performing artist from Sri Lanka and has been actively engaged as an actress in theatre, television, and film. She is the founder and owner of “Independent Theatre Artists’ Guild (ITAG) Sri Lanka”, based in Boralesgamuwa, Sri Lanka. In 2006 Lakshmi directed, produced, and starred in the celebrated play Bera Handa, adapted from Sophocles’s fragmentary play Iqneutae by the veteran Sri Lankan playwright, the late Mr. Bandhula Jayawardena. Last year she produced and starred in the new television drama series Sulaga Mahameraka, which has been airing on the Sri Lankan national network to rave reviews; she will be producing another television series in December 2019. She will also be directing, producing, and acting in three mainstage plays in Sri Lanka: one original, one adaptation, and one translation, all to be premiered in summer 2020 as a first-time opportunity for Sri Lankan audiences to witness a showcase of three new plays all prepared by a single director.

Her first publication in Sri Lanka is a poetry book, Viraha (2018), and she is currently under contract to publish two other books: a work of fiction, Amuththek Awidin (“A Stranger’s Arrival”), and an educational text titled Dakunu Asiyanu Natya Kalawa: Indiyanu Sampradaaya (“South Asian Drama: The Indian Tradition”). She is currently in the process of submitting her first scholarly book proposal here in the U.S., based on her dissertation and titled Folk Drama and the Creation of a Modern Sinhala Theatre in Sri Lanka.

CONTACT INFORMATION
ldbulath@binghamton.edu
LT312 (Office) 

EDUCATION

Binghamton University, State University of New York – United States
Doctor of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Program in Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture, Spring 2018; “Indigenous Folk Styles and the Creation of the Modern Sinhala Theatre in Post-Independence Sri Lanka” (dissertation supervisor: Elizabeth Tucker)

Binghamton University, State University of New York – United States
Graduate Certificate in Feminist Theory, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Spring 2018

Binghamton University, State University of New York – United States
Master of Arts in Theatre (Concentration in Directing), 2010

University of Kelaniya – Sri Lanka
Master of Arts in Theatre, 2006

University of Colombo – Sri Lanka
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Journalism, and Sinhalese, 2002

University of Sri Jayawardanepura – Sri Lanka
Diploma in Writership and Communication, 2002

Bhathkhande Music Institute University – India
Visharad Degree I in Classical Music (Vocal), 2000 

CONFERENCES

47th Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, Wisconsin: Presenter, “Woman, Motherhood, and Practice: Challenging the Traditions in Post-Independence Sri Lankan Drama”, 12–15 October 2018

45th Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, Wisconsin: Presenter, “Sarachchandra and Maname: Disintegrating and Distancing the Folk Drama Legacy of Sri Lanka”, 20–23 October 2016

Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (WCAAS), University of Montana, Missoula: Panel Discussant, “Fictive Shadows of the Real and the Unseen” and Presenter, “Portrayal of Political Corruption in Sri Lankan Drama”, 23–24 September 2016

New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS), Utica College, New York: Presenter, “Detaching Colonial Thoughts: The Creation of a Modern Sinhala Theatre in Independent Sri Lanka”, 23 September 2016

Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Conference (ASPAC), California State University, Northridge: Panel Chair, “Culture and its Social Contexts: Trans-Asian Perspectives on Drama, Music, and Dance” and Presenter, “Interpreting Women on Stage: Gunasena Galappaththi’s Yerma as Translated Theatrical Text”, 10–12 June 2016

44th Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, Wisconsin: Panel Chair, “Identity, Memory, Representation” and Presenter, “Unspoken Political Truths in Contemporary Sri Lankan Drama”, 22–25 October 2015

AWARDS RECEIVED

Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research – Binghamton University, 2017–18

Short-Term Fellowship (3 months), Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, 2018, for project entitled “Humor and Amusement on the Western and the Eastern Stage: A Study of the Clown Characters in Shakespearean Drama and Sri Lankan ‘Nurthi’”

Individual Development Award for Faculty – Binghamton University, 2016–17, 2017–18

Stephen David Ross Fellowship – Graduate Program in Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture, Binghamton University, 2011–2016

Travel Grant – American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies, 2015 and 2016

Graduate Student Research Travel Award – Graduate Student Organization, Binghamton University, 2013–2015

Best Costume Designer (Lysistrata) – State Drama Festival, 2006 – Sri Lanka

Last Updated: 8/20/20