Apr 11: Bruce McConachie Conducts 2014 Wertheim Seminar in Performance

The Wertheim Seminar in Performance and the IU Department of English invite interested graduate students to participate in a seminar conducted by Professor Bruce McConachie, Professor of Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh


New Directions in Performance Studies

Friday, April 11 | 10:30-12:00
Dogwood Room, IMU

Meaning of the BodyThis seminar will discuss intersections of theatre, performance, and embodied cognition. Students should expect to read Mark Johnson’s The Meaning of the Body in preparation for the seminar.

SPACE IS LIMITED; please RSVP to amyecook@indiana.edu to attend.

Bruce McConachie

Dr. Bruce McConachie, University of Pittsburgh

BRUCE MCCONACHIE is a specialist in American theatre history, theatre historiography, and the intersection of cognitive science and theatre. His major books include, MelodramaticFormationsAmerican Theater in the Culture of the Cold WarInterpreting the Theatrical Past (with Tom Postlewait), Theatre & Mind, and Engaging Audiences: A Cognitive Approach to Spectating in the Theatre. He is the co-editor (with F. Elizabeth Hart) of Performance and Cognition: Theatre Studies and the Cognitive Turn and the co-editor (with Blakey Vermeule) of the Palgrave series on Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance. He has been the President of the American Society for Theatre Research and a winner of its Distinguished Scholar Award. He is currently the Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Theatre Arts.

April 19: Peggy Phelan Delivers 2013 Wertheim Seminar in Performance

The Wertheim Seminar in Performance and the Department of English invite interested graduate students to participate in a seminar conducted by Professor Peggy Phelan

“Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?”

Friday, April 19 | 10:30-12:00
Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU

This seminar will look more closely at Albee’s play, concentrating in particular on the boundaries around sexual acts and the family. Using a broadly psychoanalytic method, we will consider the genre of theatre in relation to knowing and making public that which may not ever be fully knowable. Questions to be considered: what is fundamentally secret and unknown in sexual acts? What is the family’s interest in maintaining and revealing sexual secrets? How does this relate to the broader culture’s interest in “coming out” on the one hand, and the massively expensive and sophisticated interest in maintaining national and personal secrets on the other?

SPACE IS LIMITED; please RSVP to lcharnes@indiana.edu to attend. Three readings will be made available to participating students in advance of the seminar.

Peggy Phelan

Dr. Peggy Phelan, Stanford University

PEGGY PHELAN is the Ann O’Day Maples Chair in the Arts,  and holds a joint appointment in English and Theatre and Performance Studies at Stanford University.  A leading authority in performance art, her most recent book is the edited volume, Live Art in LA: Performance in Southern California: 1970-83 (Routledge: 2012). Phelan’s other works include Unmarked: The Politics of Performance (1993); Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories (1997); Acting Out: Feminist Performances (1993); and The Ends of Performance (1998), as well as several co-edited volumes and more than sixty articles and essays in scholarly, artistic, and commercial magazines ranging from Artforum to Signs.

Professor Phelan’s essays have been cited in the fields of architecture, art history, psychoanalytic criticism, visual culture, performance studies, theater studies, and film and video studies. She has been a fellow of the Humanities Institute at the University of California, Irvine and the Australian National University. She served on the Editorial Board of Art Journal, one of three quarterly publications of the College Art Association, and served as Chair of the board. She has been President of Performance Studies International and has been a fellow of the Getty Research Institute and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Seminar: “Rhizome: Choreography of a Moving Writing Self” with Dr. Petra Kuppers

The Association for Research in Theatre at Indiana University (ART@IU) and The Department of Theatre & Drama cordially invite faculty and graduate students to participate in:

“Rhizome: Choreography of a Moving Writing Self”

A seminar on disability culture and community performance conducted by artist, scholar, and dancer Petra Kuppers

Friday, March 22, 2013 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Studio Theatre, Theatre Building, 2nd Floor

SPACE IS LIMITED; please RSVP to taylosar@indiana.edu to attend. Two readings from Petra’s most recent book Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape (Palgrave 2011) will be made available to participants in advance of the seminar.

PETRA KUPPERS is Professor of English, Theatre and Dance, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. A performance maker, community artist, and self-proclaimed witnessing critic, theorist, and a disability culture activist, Kuppers cites her journey as an artist as emerging from a “passionate exploration of performance ethics and community building.”

“What we call ‘art’ is up for grabs, needs to be re-thought, re-created, every time we step into the river of practice,” she writes.

“I know this because as a disabled dancer living with pain and fatigue, I have to subvert the ordinary, have fun in unusual spaces, and find time out of time.” For over twenty years, Kuppers has engaged community participants gently and with thought-in-process work. Some of these workshops happened in women’s centers, hospices, mental health self-help groups, youth groups, traditional Weavers and Knitters Guilds, with politicians, with people labeled as ‘developmentally disabled’, with cancer survivors, in National Parks, in abandoned buildings, and on the beach.

In addition to teaching, Kuppers is also Artistic Director of The Olimpias, a performance research project that investigates intersections between community art, identity politics, and (new) media. Some of her past works include Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge (Routledge, 2003), The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performances and Contemporary Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), and Community Performance: An Introduction (Routledge, 2007). Her most recent book, Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape (Palgrave 2011) won the American Society for Theatre Research’s 2011 Sally Banes Prize.


This event is a part of (corpo)realities, the second annual Indiana University Graduate Symposium on Theatre and Performance Studies, a two-day event where young scholars from all over Europe and the Americas will convene in Bloomington to present their research in progress. This year’s conference will feature academic paper presentations, demonstrations, actor-training workshops, and short performance pieces that actively question the role of embodiment and presence in art.

The conference is hosted by the Department of Theatre & Drama in affiliation with the Association for Research in Theatre at IndianaUniversity, (ART@IU), a newly minted organization formed to foster a scholarly community for graduate and advanced undergraduate students to share their work in theatre and performance studies. With plans to host future conferences, guest speakers, and practice-as-research performances, ART@IU hopes to provide opportunities for Indiana University students to expand their professional networks by developing connections with other theatre researchers within the college and beyond.

(corpo)realities will convene at the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center with an evening performance of (a love story) on Friday, March 22.  The student presentations will commence in the morning on Saturday, March 23 and continue through the keynote speech in the late afternoon. All events are open to the public, though seating is limited.  More information about the conference and tickets for (a love story) may be  found online at theatre.indiana.edu.