Abunuwara, Kim
Assistant Professor - Integrated Studies

Last Updated: 7/16/18 -


·        Lecturer

2010-2012, 2013-2015

Integrated Studies and Humanities Program, Utah Valley University 

·        Adjunct Faculty

2005-2010 Humanities Program and Theatre Department, Utah Valley University

2002- 2008 Theatre and Media Arts, Brigham Young University 

·        Associate Professor

1993-1999 Theatre Department, University of Texas at El Paso\ 


·        Ph.D. Theatre and Film, Brigham Young University.  1995.

·        M.F.A.  Acting, National Theatre Conservatory, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1988.

·        B.A.  Theatre and Film, Brigham Young University, 1985.



·        “Vulnerability and Salvation: Levinas and Ethical Teaching.” Teaching Ethics 13:2 (2013): 159-165. Link:   http://www.uvu.edu/ethics/seac/

·        “Drawing on Levinas to Redefine Education:  Making the Unknown a new Priority.”  Education, 119 (1) (1998):  147-150.

·        “Ehab’s Wife.” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 31 (2) (1998): 71-74.

Link:   https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/issues/V31N02.pdf

·        "Emmanuel Levinas and Sanford Meisner on Exposedness in Acting." Text and Presentation, Volume 14, 1994. 

Conference Presentations 

  • “The Art of Losing: Finding Nothing in Common with Early Mormon Settlers.” Third Annual Humanities Symposium, Utah Valley University, March 19-20, 2014.
  • “The Provo Tabernacle: From Public to Private.” Humanities Education and Research Association Conference, Washington D.C., February 27-29, 2014.
  • “Absent or Unrecognizable:  The Divine in Modern Theatre.” Humanities Education and Research Association Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 8-10, 2012.
  • “Using Viewpoints and the Relation with the Other to Create Transformative Teaching.” 10th Annual Hawaii Conference on Education, Waikiki, Hawaii, Jan 5-8, 2012.
  • “Creating an Ethical Classroom: Teachers Learning Vulnerability from Actors.” Annual Conference by the Faculty, Center for the Study of Ethics, Utah Valley University. March 2012.
  • “Trusting Terror: How Feeling Unsure in the Classroom is Good for Teachers and Students.”  Arts in Education Conference, Utah Valley University, October 10, 2011.
  • “Distance Education Teaching Strategies” Distance Education Faculty Training workshop, UVU, June 2007
  • “Radi Shahedah and the Question of a Living Palestinian Theatre.” Association of Theatre and Higher Education Conference, San Antonio, TX, August 1998. 
  • “Three Original Mormon Play Productions: Theatrical Disruption as Affirmation rather than Disorientation.”  International Federation of Theatre Research, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 1996.
  • "Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty: A Self-Documentation." American Society for Theatre Research, St. Louis, Nov. 9-12, 1995.
  • "Influences of Theatre: Countering the Dangerous Anti-Subject Rhetoric of Cruelty." Why Theatre Conference, University of Toronto, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 1995.
  • "Ethics Before Ethnicity."  ATHE Conference, Chicago, Illinois, July 27-30, 1994.
  • "Emmanuel Levinas and Sanford Meisner on Exposedness in Acting." Comparative Drama Conference XVII, University of Florida, March 1993. 


·  Narrator, Standard Works Recording, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, April 2014.

·  Indexing Ad, On Camera Narrator, LDS Family Search, December 2012.

·  In Her Own Hand: The Letters of Mary Hallock Foote, Women’s Conference BYU, November 2012, Robber’s Roost, Torrey UT, June 2012, and UVU, October 2010 and March 2013.

·  The Light of Men, He is Risen (Episode 11), Mary Magdalene, Radio Drama Series, The Mormon Channel, October 2010.

·  The Light of Men, Miracles and Messages (Episode 3), Widow of Nain, Living Waters (Episode 2), Herodias, Radio Drama Series, The Mormon Channel, June 2009.

http://www.mormonchannel.org/the-light-of-men/3   21:20

·  Fire Creek, Janet, Lifesong Productions, May 2009.

·  Plainsong, Janet, Hallmark Television, April 2003. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXUby7wJ1P8   8:15

·  Touched by an Angel, City Council Member, Caroline Productions, December 2001.

·  Shot in the Heart, Melissa, HBO, March 2001. (available on Netflix)

·  Touched by An Angel, Joanie Templeton, Caroline Productions, January 2001.

·  Penny Promise, Hope Andrews, Feature Films for Families, Spring 2002.

·  Touched by an Angel, OR Nurse, Caroline Productions, July 1995.

·  PSA, Children's Miracle Network, Art teacher, Bonneville Communications, July 1995.

·  Hold on to Dear Life, Mot her, Middlekauf PSA, Bonneville Communications, 1992.

·  Singles Broadcast, Julie Hodges, 30 minute film, LDS MPS, 1992

·  Thousands of Millions, Narrator, 30 minute film, LDS MPS, 1990

·  Love's Tough Reach, Tina, LDS Motion Picture Studio, 1984

·  Footloose, Edna, Paramount Pictures, 1983 (available on Netflix Instant Watch 5:30)