brandon woolf, ph.d.

I am a director, writer, devisor, and scholar of contemporary performance. I recently joined the English Department at New York University as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater and Drama. In both my scholarship and theater practice, I work to facilitate conversations and collaborations between artists, academics, 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. I am the co-founder and co-director 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. These groups have been featured in scholarly forums like Theatre Survey and South Atlantic Quarterly, as well as in more popular outlets such as the London Guardian, Tagesspiegel, Berliner Zeitung, San Francisco Chronicleand Robert Reich’s 2013 film Inequality for All. My work has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, DAAD, Berlin Program for Advanced Studies, American Society for Theater Research, International Research Center for “Interweaving Performance Cultures,”and the Program for Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. In 2015, I was a fellow at the New York Drama League’s Directors Project. In December 2014, I received my Ph.D. in Performance Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory from the University of California, Berkeley.