Theatre and Performance Studies

Theatre and Performance Studies

"London Labour and the London Poor"‌
by Henry Mayhew (1851)

In Theatre and Performance Studies (TPS), scholars engage with the “performative turn” in a host of fields, from anthropology to dance to literary and cultural studies. Our research group defines TPS broadly and welcomes scholars working on a diversity of topics from highly contextualized historical studies of theater, dance troupes, and dramatic repertoire to broader approaches to performance as an everyday practice.

The main short-term and long-term objectives of a new interdisciplinary group in TPS are numerous:

•   Foster a sense of community among scholars from diverse academic disciplines who work on any aspect of theater and/or performance in their scholarship and/or teaching
•   Help faculty and graduate students stay up-to-date on emerging trends in the fields of theater and performance studies
•   Bridge disciplinary divides between the humanities, the arts, and social scientific disciplines relevant to the study of performance
•   Provide the opportunity for participants in the group to share and workshop, and thus improve the cogency and depth of their scholarship on theater and performance studies
•   Create a working group of faculty and graduate students to coordinate activities (festivals, conferences, performances, colloquia, etc.) related to theater and performance studies
•   Provide a venue for faculty and students to discuss institutional and programmatic issues related to theater and performance studies at UM

How To Get Involved

If you are interested in joining us or in learning more about our group, please contact Dr. Stephen A. Di Benedetto (Theatre Arts;



 Fall 2022

More to come soon. Please monitor this page or contact one of the conveners for more details.  Thank you for your patience. 

Logan Connors

Associate Professor of French

Lillian Manzor

Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures

Past Events

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  • Past Events

    FALL 2019

    Friday, September 27, 12:30-1:30pm
    Center for the Humanities Conference Room

    Wednesday, October 23, 12:30-2:00pm
    Center for the Humanities Conference Room

    Wednesday, November 20, 12:30-2:00pm
    Center for the Humanities Conference Room
    Lilian Manzor

    FALL 2018

    Thursday, November 11, 2018 at 4:30pm
    Otto G. Richter Library, Third Floor Conference Room

    Emily Sahakian, Associate Professor of Theatre and French, University of Georgia
    "Restaging Édouard Glissant’s Histoire de nègre (Tale of Black Histories): Consciousness-Raising Theatre Under Construction"

    SPRING 2019

    Friday, February 22, 12:30-2:00pm
    Location: TBA

    Stephen Di Benedetto