In fall 2021, RE:OPENING? Rethinking NYC's Performance Infrastructures framed the inquiry in the context of theatre's "reopening" in the wake of COVID-19. For our spring 2022 event, we will broaden the aperture beyond New York as well as turn our attention to the ways a focus on policy and infrastructure opens up new methodological and theoretical opportunities for theatre and performance studies.
The symposium will be presented in three panels, bringing together three scholars who are at the forefront of this infrastructural turn in theatre and performance studies—Jasmine Mahmoud (University of Washington), Patrick McKelvey (University of Pittsburgh), and Sarah Wilbur (Duke University)—as well as NYU Skirball presenting artists John Collins (Elevator Repair Service), Ty Jones (Classical Theatre of Harlem), and Marianne Weems (The Builders Association)—whose work engages closely with these questions. The event will also launch—via a critical engagement with Brandon Woolf's new book Institutional Theatrics: Performing Arts Policy in Post-Wall Berlin (Northwestern University Press, 2021).
Co-sponsored by the Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Working Group; Tisch Drama; English Department; Program in Dramatic Literature; Center for the Humanities; and NYU Skirball.