Performance and Geographies of Knowledge Production

Conveners: Charlotte Canning, Jill Lane and Patricia Ybarra

This group will investigate the historiographic challenges of writing about performance in relation to economic 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. We hope to work intensely on scholarly writing and creative research with a small group of participants invested in these issues.


Charlotte Canning is Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Professor of Drama in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin where she heads the Performance as Public Practice MA/MFA/PhD programs. Currently she serves as Senior Editor for Theatre Research International.

Jill Lane is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. She is the author of Blackface Cuba, 1840-1898 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), co-editor of The Ends of Performance (New York University Press, 1998) with Peggy Phelan, and of e-misférica, the Hemispheric Institute's peer-reviewed online journal.

Patricia Ybarra's research interests include theatre historiography, Mexican theatre and performance, Latino/a theatre and performance, avant garde theatre, critical race studies, dramaturgy and directing. Her first book is Conquest: Theatre, History and Identity in Tlaxcala, Mexico(2009). Her second book project is on Latino theatre under neoliberalism.


Brian Goldfarb
Colleen Kim Daniher
Daniel Ruppel
E.J. Westlake
Heather McLean
Ines Karin Linke Ferreira
Judith Viviana Faifman
May Farnsworth
Nandita Dinesh
Patricia Ybarra
Paul Bonin-Rodriguez
Selena Couture