Righteous Mud

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

 

Culinary Theater

Performance Project @ University Settlement

 

The Rock Garden

Drama League (2015)

 

Performing Arts Policy in Post-Wall Berlin

Book 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 director, writer, deviser, and scholar of contemporary performance based now in New York City (after many years in Berlin). I am also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater in the English Department at NYU and currently serve as the Director of their Program in Dramatic Literature. Recently, I have presented work at The Tank, Fulton Center, NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center, Barrow Group Theater, the Connelly Theater, and the Kennedy Center. In 2018, I am an artist-in-residence at the Performance Project at University Settlement as well as at LABA at the 14th Street Y.

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Theater & Performance

My work often probes theater’s possibilities as a social practice, and I have co-founded two public performance ensembles – Shakespeare im Park Berlin and The UC Movement for Efficient Privatization (UCMeP). 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

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 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 gustatory and olfactory exploration of NYC neighborhood texture. I am also in the midst of two 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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