Professor, University of Michigan: Art and Design, Theatre, Music and Dance, Women Studies
Petra Kuppers is a professor at the University of Michigan and holds joint appointments in the departments of Art and Design; English; Theatre, Music, and Dance; and Women Studies. She also is a faculty affiliate of the Ann Arbor Matthai Botanical Gardens. In addition to her academic work, Petra is the Artistic Director of The Olimpias Performance Research Projects, which investigates links between community and participatory art, identity politics, movement work and (new) media practice. For the past 14 years, she has worked as a community dance artist and teacher in Great Britain and the European continent, leading Laban-based movement, contact improvisation and dance theatre classes and workshops in many different settings.
She is the author of Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape, Palgrave, August 2011; Somatic Engagement, Chain Links, forthcoming October 2011; The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performances and Contemporary Art, University of Minnesota Press, 2007; Community Performance: An Introduction, Routledge Press, 2007; Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge, London and New York: Routledge, 2003; Cripple Poetics: A Love Story, Homofactus Press, 2008; Community Performance. A Reader (co-edited with Gwen Robertson). Routledge Press, 2007; Disability and Performance. London and New York: Harwood Academic Press, 2001.
Professor Kuppers holds a bachelors in Health and Social Welfare Studies from Open University in England; two MAs - one in Film and Television Studies from the University of Warwick, UK and the other in Germanistik, Film, TV and Theatre Studies from the University of Cologne in Germany. She received her PhD from the University of Plymouth, UK, 1999. Her postdoctoral research fellowship in the Contemporary Arts Department at Manchester Metropolitan University from 1998 to 2001 allowed her to more fully integrate participatory arts theory with practice and education.