Performance and Geographies of Knowledge Production

Conveners: Charlotte Canning, Jill Lane, Patricia Ybarra

This group will investigate the historiographic challenges of writing about performance in relation to circuits of exchange, colonial legacies, and capitalist extraction. While we are mostly concerned with performance that is sited in the Americas, we hope to complicate the geographies of cultural production and knowledge production by tracing complex legacies of movement between diverse global sites and periods.


Charlotte Canning is head of the Ma/PhD programs in Performance as Public Practice, and Professor of Theatre History in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. Currently she serves as the Associate Editor for Theatre Research International, the journal of the International Federation for Theatre Research, and she will assume the editorship in 2013.

Jill Lane is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University, where she teaches courses on Performance in the Americas, in relation to the histories of colonialism, neocolonialism, and globalization. Her book, Blackface Cuba, 1840-1898 examines racial impersonation, national desire, and anticolonial sentiment in Cuba. She is co-editor of The Ends of Performance with Peggy Phelan, and of e-misférica, the Hemispheric Institute’s journal.

Patricia Ybarra is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Brown University. She is the author of Performing Conquest: Five Centuries of Theatre, History and Identity in Tlaxcala, Mexico. Her next project is a book about US Latino Theatre under neoliberalism. Her interests include Mexican theatre, US    Latino Theatre, Historiography and Avant Garde Theatre in the Americas.


Brittany Chavez
Ines Karin Linke Ferreira
Victoria Fortuna
Leon Hilton
CristeL Jusino Díaz
Nayeli Pérez Monjaraz
Helen Gilbert
Kati Röttger