Faculty

Brandi Wilkins Catanese

Associate Professor; Associate Dean, Graduate Division

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 Theatre Survey and is working on two book projects, one analyzing black...

Abigail De Kosnik

Associate Professor; Director, Berkeley Center for New Media

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 transnationalism intersect with new media studies and performance studies.

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Julia Fawcett

Associate Professor, Head Graduate Advisor

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 between private lives and public events. She is at work on a second book, tentatively titled Unmapping London...

Peter Glazer

Associate Professor

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 Crows, and Marisol (UC Berkeley), Heart of...

Joe Goode

Professor, Department Chair

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 Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the...

Philip Kan Gotanda

Professor

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 filmmaker; his film, Life Tastes Good, was presented at the Sundance Film Festival. Mr. Gotanda, alongside Michael...

Shannon Jackson

Professor

Shannon Jackson is 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 The Builders Association: Performance and Media in Contemporary Theater (M.I.T. Press, 2015) and...

Roshanak Kheshti

Associate Professor

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 book, tentatively titled “We See with the Skin: Zora Neale Hurston’s Synesthetic Hermeneutics”. She...

SanSan Kwan

Associate Professor, Department Vice Chair

SanSan Kwan's research interests include dance studies, Asian American studies, theories of space and kinesthesia, and interculturalism. Her new book is titled Love Dances: Loss and Mourning in Intercultural Collaboration (Oxford University Press, 2021). She is also author ofKinesthetic City: Dance and Movement in Chinese Urban...

Angela Marino

Associate Professor

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 the Center for Latino Policy...