WORKING GROUP: CONTEMPORARY DRAMA
The Contemporary Drama working group aims to provide a forum for broad-ranging discussions of contemporary theater practice and the development of cutting-edge new plays. The Group hosts regular meetings of students and faculty interested in emerging trends in performance and also presents – in collaboration with the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies – the New Play Reading Series, a public series of at least eight new-play readings over the course of the academic year. By soliciting plays from Berkeley writers and others in the broader Bay Area theater community for inclusion in this reading series, the Group aims to forge connections between performance theoreticians and theater practitioners, aid in the dramaturgical development of important new work, and provide a space in which up-and-coming voices in American theater can be heard.
Group Coordinators: Joshua Williams and Miyoko Conley (Performance Studies Graduate Students)
WORKING GROUP: DANCE STUDIES
The Dance Studies working group consists of diverse communities working in the field of dance, including practicing artists, dance writers, critics, theorists, and Bay Area community members. The group is currently committed to the study of dance from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The group meets twice a month: once for a performance or studio class, once for theoretical discussion. Themes include: engaging technology, dance discourse, somatic practice, mapping, memory, archiving, citing, documenting, and perception.
Group Coordinator: Lisa Wymore (TDPS Faculty)
WORKING GROUP: DISABILITY AND SEXUALITY STUDIES
The Disability and Sexuality Studies working group provides a space for inquiry into both disability scholarship and activism. Through connecting readings with current events, screenings, performances, etc., the group explores the intersections of queer theory and disability studies.
Group Coordinators: Natalia Duong (Performance Studies Graduate Student) and Gracen Brilmyer