Anjalee Deshpande Hutchinson is a director/deviser/educator who teaches at Bucknell University, where in 2019 she received the Bucknell Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2020 was nominated for the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. Anjalee, a graduate of the MFA directing program at Northwestern University, studied under Robert Falls of the Goodman Theatre. Before and after graduate school, Ms. Deshpande freelanced as an actor /director in New York City, Chicago, London and Mumbai. Anjalee has trained in Moment Work through Andy Paris of The Tectonic Theatre Project, is an accredited teacher of the Chekhov Technique through The National Michael Chekhov Association and is an accredited teacher of the Sanford Meisner Technique through the True Acting Institute. Anjalee’s recent book; Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner; Collisions and Convergence in Actor Training, is available through Routledge Publishing, who also published her first book, Acting Exercises for Non-Traditional Performance: Michael Chekhov Reimagined. Most recently Anjalee was appointed as: Faculty Fellow with Bucknell University's Office of Equity and Inclusive Excellence, a Member of the MICHA's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council and as Co-Vice Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 2. Anjalee will be Co-Chairing KCACTF through 2027.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Michael Chekhov Technique, Devising (utilizing Tectonic Theatre Project's Moment Work) and Sanford Meisner Technique. Ms. Hutchinson is also interested in expanding her focus and decentralizing white/Western acting technique in America. She was scheduled to study with the Adishakti Center for Theatre Research before the pandemic and hopes to do so as soon as travel becomes possible again. In addition, Anjalee has previously researched the role of motherhood in academia (see her essay in the book - MaMa Phd: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life) and continues to explore the ways parenthood, theatre and academia intersect.
Anjalee has 4 kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat and one very patient husband.