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Faculty Affiliation Type: Performance Studies Core

Bimbola Akinbola

Working at the intersection of performance, visual culture, and literature, Bimbola Akinbola’s scholarly and creative work is concerned with conceptions of belonging and queer worldmaking in African diasporic cultural production. Akinbola is currently working on her first book manuscript, which examines the creative work of contemporary Nigerian diasporic women artists whose work, she argues, strategically

Mary Zimmerman

Mary Zimmerman is a member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company and is an Artistic Associate of the Goodman Theatre. She has earned national and international recognition in the form of numerous awards. Metamorphoses, for which she received the Tony Award for Best Direction, was developed at Northwestern. Other acclaimed works include Journey to the West,

Shayna Silverstein

Shayna Silverstein’s research examines the politics and aesthetics of sound and movement in the contemporary Middle East. She is currently completing a book manuscript about popular culture in prewar Syria that focuses on how the national performance tradition of dabke engenders belonging across class, religion, and ethnicity. By attending to both the historical trajectories and

Ramón Rivera-Servera

Ramón H. Rivera-Servera’s research focuses on 20th and 21st Century performance in North America and the Caribbean with special emphasis on the ways categories of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality are negotiated across national borders through migratory circuits of circulation and exchange. His work documents a wide array of performance practices ranging from theatre and

E. Patrick Johnson

E. Patrick Johnson is the Dean of the School of Communication and the Annenberg University Professor. A scholar/artist, Johnson performs nationally and internationally and has published widely in the areas of race, gender, sexuality and performance. Johnson is a prolific performer and scholar, and an inspiring teacher, whose research and artistry has greatly impacted African

Marcela A. Fuentes

Marcela A. Fuentes’s work focuses on tactical media and performance in contemporary protests and activisms. Her book Performance Constellations: Networks of Protest and Activism in Latin America/ Activismos tecnopolíticos: Constelaciones de performance (University of Michigan Press, 2019; Eterna Cadencia, 2020) maps the entanglement between on and off-line organizing and mobilization in movements such as neo-zapatismo,

Cristal Chanelle Truscott

Cristal Chanelle Truscott is a playwright, director, scholar, culture worker, facilitator, and founder of Progress Theatre (PT), a touring ensemble company using theatre as anti-racism engagement to encourage cross-community conversations, connections, and consciousness. As a playwright and director she creates “NeoSpirituals,” or acapella musicals using “SoulWork,” the generative method she developed from generations-old African American

Joshua Chambers-Letson

Joshua Chambers-Letson is a writer and performance theorist who researches and teaches courses in performance studies, critical race theory, and queer of color critique. His books and essays place performance studies in conversation with a diverse set of fields including black studies, Asian American studies, art history, and critical theory to theorize the role performance