Performance Studies

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Graduate Group in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley provides an interdisciplinary and individually crafted curriculum directed at advanced studies in the literatures, performances, cultural contexts, and theories of performance throughout the world. Based in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, the PhD program in Performance Studies takes advantage of Berkeley’s distinguished history in the field of drama and theater studies and opens out to a wider interrogation of the disciplines and methodologies of performance studies. The program is administered by the Graduate Group in Performance Studies, composed of faculty from a wide range of related departments. Students in the Performance Studies PhD program conduct research in a diverse array of interdisciplinary methodologies, on projects spanning the fields of theater, dance, and performance studies.

Undergraduate Program

The group does not offer an undergraduate program in Performance Studies. However, the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies offers a major and minor in Dance and Perfomance Studies and Theater and Performance Studies.

Graduate Program

Performance Studies: PhD

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Courses

Performance Studies

THEATER 200A Introductory Colloquium on Interdisciplinary Research in Performance 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the research resources of the University, to the methodologies and research interests of the faculty affiliated with the Ph.D. program, to the demands of a professional academic career, and to trends and developments in theater, dance, and performance studies.

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THEATER 200B Research Colloquium 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
This course is designed to provide an opportunity for graduate students to work with one another to advance their individual research projects and present their ongoing work.

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THEATER 201A Foundations in Performance Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017
Part one of a two-semester core sequence on performance theory, required of first-year Performance Studies PhD students. This course focuses on the foundations of Performance Studies as a field, with special emphasis on its key philosophical and disciplinary antecedents. Topics will include the emergence of performance studies from the confluence of theater and literary studies, anthropology, art history, sociology, and cultural studies, and will include
readings on central theoretical concepts such as performativity, the performance of everyday life, and the interventions of the 1990s regarding the role of performance in the formation of race, gender, sexuality, national identity, colonialism and more.
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THEATER 201B Current Topics in Performance Study 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018
Part two of a two-semester core sequence on performance theory, required of first-year Performance Studies PhD students. This course will explore prominent contemporary debates in Performance Studies, roughly from the year 2000 to the present. Precise topics will vary by instructor, but may include theoretical investigations in corporeality, digital cultures, transnationalism/globalization, performance and economics, as well as ongoing disciplinary debates regarding
race, nationality, gender and sexuality, and on the nature and social role of performance more generally. Prerequisites: 201A or consent of instructor.
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THEATER 202 Methodologies in Performance Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The study of different approaches and contemporary methodologies for analyzing performances of various kinds within their cultural and historical context. Specific methodologies can include archival research, field methods, etc. The specific focus in any one course is contingent upon the focus of the instructor.

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THEATER 203 Performance Practicum: Bodies, Space, and Time 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Students in this course will engage in performance practice as: epistemology, methodology, and mode of research; explore the relationship between bodies, spaces, and temporality as a fundamental aspect of performance; and understand "performance as research" in Performance Studies as a field.

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THEATER 266 Special Topics: Theater Arts 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
Topics vary from semester to semester and have included The Power of Music and Poetry in the Theater; Modern Drama and Theater, 1940 to the Present; Theaters, Tricksters, and Cultural Exchange; Art as Social Action; and The Invisible World (Process Seminar).

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THEATER 277 Special Studies in Directing 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Fall 2010
Advanced practice in play direction.

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THEATER 294 Directed Research 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2015, Spring 2012
Meetings to be arranged, either individually or as a group to explore fields not covered in courses listed elsewhere in Dramatic Art's offerings. May be taken by students engaged in writing dissertations.

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THEATER 299 Special Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
May be taken when preparing prospectus, graduate portfolio, and/or oral presentation before qualifying oral examination. May not be substituted for available seminars.

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THEATER 300 Professional Preparation: Supervised Teaching in Dramatic Art 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
Discussion, problem review and development, course development, supervised practice of teaching.

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THEATER 340 Pedagogy for Movement Based Classes - Graduate Level 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015
This course studies pedagogical theories and methods. It is designed to prepare graduate students to teach practice-based dance and movement courses. In class teaching exercises will be supported by readings, research projects and assignments on the subject of pedagogy. Development of professional teaching documents such as a teaching philosophy, a sample course syllabus, sample lesson plans, and self-evaluation statements are required.

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THEATER 602 Individual Study for Doctoral Students 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required of candidates for the Ph.D.

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Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

Brandi Wilkins Catanese, Associate Professor. African American drama and theater.

Abigail T. De Kosnik, Assistant Professor. New media, performance studies, performance theory, performance, media studies, fan studies, digital culture, social networks, film, television, social media, Internet culture, digital humanities.
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Julia Fawcett, Assistant Professor. Performance Studies and Theater History .

Peter Glazer, Associate Professor. Stage directing, 20th-century drama.

Joe Goode, Professor. Dance, choreography.

Philip Kan Gotanda, Professor. Playwriting, Asian American Theater, Contemporary American Drama.

Mark Griffith, Professor. Classical Greek Drama.

Sam Haley-Hill, Lecturer. Acting, public speaking.

Shannon Jackson, Profesesor. Rhetoric, performance studies, American studies, 20th century art movements and critical theory, local culture and intercultural citizenship in turn-of-the-century United States, history and theory of theatre and performance art.

Sansan Kwan, Associate Professor. Dance studies, performance studies, Asian American studies.
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Angela Marino, Assistant Professor. Theatre and performance studies, Latin American and US Chicana/Latino performance, festivals and carnival, political cultures.
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Alan Read, Professor. UC Berkeley Global Edge Program.

Shannon Steen, Associate Professor.

Lisa Wymore, Assistant Professor. Modern dance technique, choreography.

Lecture

Sima Belmar, Lecturer. Dance in Popular Film and Television, US Dance-Theater, Somatic Theory and Practice, Performance and Phenomenology, and Embodied Identity Politics.

Jack Carpenter, Lecturer. Lighting Design.

Lura Dolas, Lecturer. Acting.

Katie Faulkner, Lecturer. Dance, choreography.

Srijani Ghosh, Lecturer. Dance, choreography.

James Graham, Lecturer. Dance, choreography.

Margo Hall-Callender, Lecturer. Acting, directing.

Christopher Herold, Lecturer. Acting and directiing.

Jessica Hirigoyen, Lecturer. Voice and dialect.

Jenefer Johnson, Lecturer. Dance history.

Laxmi Kumaran, Lecturer. Stage management.

Domenique Lozano, Lecturer. Intermediate acting.

Maureen Mo Miner, Lecturer. Dance.

Lisa Porter, Lecturer. Acting, public speaking.

Sean San Jose, Lecturer. Theatre.

Carol Ann Annie Smart, Lecturer. Set, costume design.

Lindsey Michelle Summers, Lecturer. Dance.

Amara Tabor-Smith, Lecturer. Dance.

Maura Tang, Lecturer. Acting.

Latanya Tigner, Lecturer. Contemporary African Dance.

Scott Wallin, Lecturer. Writing and Composition, Writing about performance.

Nathan Kwame Braun, Lecturer. Filmmaking.

Emeritus Faculty

Martin Berman, Senior Lecturer Emeritus.

Robert Goldsby, Professor Emeritus.

Mel Gordon, Professor Emeritus. Stanislavsky, directing, acting.

Carol Murota, Senior Lecturer Emerita.

Dunbar Ogden, Professor Emeritus.

Debora Sussel, Senior Lecturer Emerita.

John Warren Travis, Professor Emeritus.

Margaret Wilkerson, Professor Emeritus.

Marni Wood, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Graduate Group in Performance Studies

15A Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-664-7613

performancestudies@berkeley.edu

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Graduate Student Services Adviser

Robin Davidson

15A Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-664-7613

performancestudies@berkeley.edu

Head Graduate Adviser

SanSan Kwan, PhD

15F Dwinelle Hall

sansankwan@berkeley.edu

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