The Rock Garden

Drama League (2015)

 

Performing Arts Policy in Post-Wall Berlin

Book Project in Progress

 

The Summer Way

A Performance Project in Progress

 

King Bethel

Shakespeare im Park Berlin (2013)

 

Putting Policy into Performance Studies?

Recently published in a special issue of Performance Research "On Institutions"

 

Strength & Health: March

Shakespeare im Park Berlin (2013)

 

Production Work with Undergraduate Students

 

Utopia™ – Where All Is True

Shakespeare im Park Berlin (2012)

 

Tactical Performance

The UC Movement for Efficient Privatization (UCMeP)

 

Henry IV / Heinrich der Vierte

Shakespeare im Park Berlin (2011)

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About Me

My name is Brandon, and I am a theater maker and a scholar of performance. For the last few years, I have been living in and between Berlin and New York City, working on a number of interrelated and interdisciplinary projects that explore, among other things, the relationships between the public performances we make and the public institutions in which we are all inevitably enmeshed. In 2015, I was a fellow at the New York Drama League’s Directors Project. In 2014, I received my Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Theater & Performance

I am a director, writer, and devisor of new work. I am also the co-founder of two public performance ensembles – Shakespeare im Park Berlin and The UC Movement for Efficient Privatization (UCMeP) – both of which are committed, in different ways, to performance as a social practice. Between 2010 and 2014, Shakespeare im Park’s site-specific performances drew thousands of audience members to Berlin’s Görlitzer Park in order to rethink its dynamic spaces as simultaneous sites of multi-lingual and inter-cultural performance, (post)dramatic (ir)reverence, and participatory art. Between 2009 and 2011, UCMeP engaged performance as a tactical means of “creative protest” and mobilization against the austerity measures that beset public education in California.

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Research & Writing

I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater & Drama at New York University. As a teacher and a scholar, I am interested in modern and contemporary theater and performance, critical and aesthetic theory, public arts policy, as well as theories and practices of acting, directing, devised theater, community-based and tactical performance. In my scholarly research, as in my performance practice, I attempt to facilitate conversations and connections between academics, artists, arts (and other) administrators, and activists. To this end, I have published articles in academic journals like Theatre Journal, Performance Research, and TDR: The Drama Review, but also in more popular outlets such as HowlRound and The Arts Politic.

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Upcoming

I am developing a number of projects: a biographical reimagining of Brecht’s Mother Courage as a site of the destruction of the American “home”; an existential exploration and racial deconstruction of our “Golden Age” of television; a devised investigation of the five pages in the Talmud that tackle the “Messiah”; and a song-cycle about contemporary Black + Jewish relations. I am also in the midst of two long-term book projects: the first is an edited collection that examines the stakes of continuing to use “postdramatic” as a lens for studying contemporary performance; the second is a monograph about the evolution of performing arts policy in Berlin  the German capital city serves as a paradigmatic site to explore how theater and performance provide us with means to reshape our infrastructures of public life.

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