J.L. Murdoch is a Fulbright Junior Researcher conducting research on the folk masked dance-drama form of Talchum. During this year she has studied with Prof. Choi, Chang-Ju in Bongsan Talchum; Suk, Jong Kwan in Yangju Talchum; Shin, Jun Ha in Hahoe Byulshin Gut; and Heo Chang Yeol in Gosan Ogwangdae, as well as traveled extensively to observe and document Talchum performances throughout the country. She is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University where she is under the guidance of Dr. Scott Magelssen and her broader research includes non-western forms of theatre, theatre for community, theatre for social change, embodied learning, and pedagogy. She has taught and/or presented in the Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Jamaica, Australia, and the United States.