Kyna Hamill, PhD.

Kyna Hamill is a writer and educator in the Boston area. She is the Assistant Director of Boston University’s Core Curriculum and a Senior Lecturer in dramatic literature in BU’s School of Theatre. She served as the lead scholar at the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown and moderated the 2016/17  Spotlight Symposium series.

Kyna is known for her research on the minstrel history of the Christmas classic “Jingle Bells”. She has been featured in the Boston Globe, NPR Sunday Weekend Edition,, Howlround’s Theatre History Podcast, BU Today and CBC Radio Canada (starts at 16:00) . Her article in Theatre Survey closely traces the song’s roots on Boston and New York minstrel stages in the middle of the nineteenth century.

Academically, Kyna specializes in the visual culture of the early Commedia dell’arte. She is particularly interested in the semiotics of objects and props in the theatre and has published articles in Print QuarterlyTheatre Symposium and The Performance of Violence in Contemporary Ireland. Her current book project examines the legacy of the Baroque print artist, Jacques Callot on art, literature and theatre. Articles include:

Blood is Ancient, Blood is In –

Homer’s Trojan War on Boston Stages –

Cannonade of weapons – Theatre Symposium

A co-founder of Two Roads Performance Projects, Kyna co-produced the award-winning site-specific dance festival, Dance in the Fells. Kyna has also has studied stage fighting with Fight Director’s Canada and Tony Wolf and is the editor of They Fight: Classical to Contemporary Stage Fight Scenes (Smith and Kraus, 2003). She attended Antonio Fava’s commedia dell’arte school in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and has danced with Daniel McCusker and Wanda Strukus.

Image courtesy of Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff.