Theater and Performance Colloquium


The study of drama provokes conversations across historical periods, literary traditions, and artistic media, inviting a range of theoretical approaches and disciplinary orientations. This interdisciplinary workshop provides a forum for these discussions, drawing together students and faculty from national literature and area studies programs as well as other departments within the University. The workshop offers an opportunity to develop research in dramatic literature, dramatic criticism and theory, theater history, theater practice, and performance studies. Biweekly meetings consist of textual discussions, graduate student presentations, and faculty lectures.

We welcome students from all departments. Please email Elizabeth to be added to our mailing list. Please log in to iSites (top right) to view the Pre-Circulated Materials.

Graduate Student Coordinators:

Elizabeth Phillips (ephillips and Christofer Rodelo (

Faculty Directors: Marjorie Garber (English); Ju Yon Kim (English); Derek Miller (English); Martin Puchner (English and Comparative Literatures).

Pre-Circulated Materials

Any papers or other materials for each session will be pre-circulated a week in advance.
Spring 2017 Schedule

Thursday, January 26
Brian Herrera (Princeton University)
"The Incoherent Tradition of 'Non-Traditional Casting"
Barker 114 @ 5PM
Co-sponsored with Race and Ethnicity Colloquium

Wednesday, March 22
Jennifer DeVere Brody (Stanford University)
"Animating Affect: Performance, Sculpture, Feeling"
Barker 230 @ 6PM
Co-sponsored with Race and Ethnicity Colloquium

Wednesday, April 5
Tavia Nyong'o (Yale University)
"A Race against Time? On Black Social Practice since the 1960s"
Barker 114 @ 5PM
Co-sponsored with Race and Ethnicity Colloquium

Wednesday, April 19
Vivian Huang (Harvard University)
Talk title TBA
Barker 211 @ 6PM

Upcoming Events

Visit to Anna Deavere Smith's "Doing Time in Education" at the ART followed by drinks and discussion.

2:00PM, this SATURDAY, Sept. 3rd
If you'd like to join, please email me ( to reserve a ticket, booked at a group rate.

Archive of Past Events

For a full list of past Drama Colloquium schedules and events, please visit our Drama Colloquium Archive.
Subpages (1): Events Archive