Brandi Wilkins Catanese

Associate Professor; Associate Dean, Graduate Division

Ph.D. in Drama and Humanities, Stanford University

Joint appointment in African American Studies, Affiliated faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies

Professor Catanese's work addresses the role of performance in constructing our understanding of black identity, both through aesthetic production and the practices of everyday life. She is the author of The Problem of the Color[blind]: Racial Transgression and the Politics of Black Performance (2011), and articles in venues including Theatre Journal and Performance Research. She is currently the Associate Editor of...

Abigail De Kosnik

Associate Professor; Director, Berkeley Center for New Media

Ph.D. in Comparative Literary Studies: Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern University

Abigail De Kosnik is the Director of the Berkeley Center for New Media, an Associate Professor in the Berkeley Center for New Media and the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, and an affiliated faculty member of Gender & Women’s Studies. She researches popular media, particularly digital media, film and television, and fan studies. She is particularly interested in how issues of feminism, queerness, ethnicity, and...

Julia Fawcett

Associate Professor, Head Graduate Advisor

Ph.D. in English Literature, Yale University

Julia Fawcett’s first book, Spectacular Disappearances: Celebrity and Privacy, 1696-1801 (University of Michigan Press, 2016) examines the performance and literary strategies that England’s first celebrities used to protect their private lives despite always being in the public eye–and how their strategies might help us to navigate a world in which social media has eroded the distinctions...

Peter Glazer

Associate Professor

Ph.D. in Performance Studies, Northwestern University

Professor Glazer is a professional director and playwright whose plays, adaptations, collaborations and directing projects include Woody Guthrie’s American Song (Bay Area Drama Critics award, with Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations Off-Broadway and Joseph Jefferson Award winner in Chicago), O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music (Delaware Theater Co.), Michael, Margaret, Pat & Kate (Marin Theater Co., Victory Gardens Theater), Measure for Measure, Seven Lears, Murder of...

Joe Goode

Professor, Department Chair

B.A. in Theater Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University

Professor Goode is Artistic Director of Joe Goode Performance Group with whom he has performed in the U.S., Canada, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. His performance installations have been commissioned by the Krannert Art Museum, the M. H. DeYoung Museum, Capp Street Project, and The Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA. Awarded a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for his production of Deeply There, he has also received the Isadora Duncan Award for choreography, fellowships from the National...

Philip Kan Gotanda


J.D. University of California, Hastings College of Law; B.A. in Japanese Art, University of California, Santa Barbara

Over the last three decades, playwright Philip Kan Gotanda has been a major influence in the broadening of our definition of theater in America. Through his plays and advocacy, he has been instrumental in bringing stories of Asians in the United States to mainstream American theater as well as to Europe and Asia. Mr. Gotanda holds a law degree from Hastings College of Law and studied pottery in Japan with the late Hiroshi Seto. Mr. Gotanda is a respected independent...

Shannon Jackson


Ph.D. in Performance Studies, Northwestern University

Shannon Jackson is the Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts + Design at UC Berkeley where she is also the Cyrus and Michelle Hadidi Professor of Rhetoric and of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. Jackson’s research focuses on two broad, overlapping domains: 1) collaborations across visual, performing, and media art forms and 2) the role of the arts in social institutions and in social change. Her most recent books are...

Roshanak Kheshti

Associate Professor

Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Roshanak Kheshti is an anthropologist, feminist, queer and race theorist, born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Her work sits at the intersection of sound, the senses, film and performance studies with an emphasis on diaspora and psychoanalysis. She is the author of Modernity’s Ear: Listening to Race and Gender in World Music (NYU Press, 2015) and Switched-on Bach (Bloomsbury Academic, 33 1/3, 2019). She is currently completing her third...

SanSan Kwan

Associate Professor, Department Vice Chair

Ph.D. in Performance Studies, New York University

SanSan’s research interests include dance studies, Asian American studies, theories of space and kinesthesia, and interculturalism. She is author of Kinesthetic City: Dance and Movement in Chinese Urban Spaces (Oxford UP, 2013), as well as co-editor, with Kenneth Speirs, of the anthology, Mixing It Up: Multiracial Subjects (University of Texas Press, 2004). Her article on the varied and contended understandings of the “contemporary” in contemporary dance is published in the December 2017 issue of Dance Research Journal. Her work on...

Angela Marino

Associate Professor

Ph.D. New York University

Angela Marino is author of Populism and Performance in the Bolivarian Revolution (Northwestern University Press, 2018); co-editor of Festive Devils in the Americas (Seagull Press/University of Chicago Press, 2015) and is published in the Latin American Theater Review (2008); Harvard Revista (2014); e-misférica Journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (2013); and Cultural Anthropology (2014). Prof. Marino works as Affiliate Faculty with the Latinx Research Center (formerly known as...