M., or, 36 Righteous Coffee Machines
LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture @ 14th Street Y
Performance Project @ University Settlement
The Rock Garden
Drama League (2015)
Performing Arts Policy in Post-Wall Berlin
Book Project in Progress
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)
The UC Movement for Efficient Privatization (UCMeP)
Henry IV / Heinrich der Vierte
Shakespeare im Park Berlin (2011)
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.More Details
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.More Details
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.More Details
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.