BOWDOIN COLLEGE (Select Courses)

• THTR/CINE 1007 – Performance and Theory in James Bond

This first-year seminar introduced students to performance theory, critical analysis, and cultural studies through diverse works related to the fictional British spy character, James Bond. Considered selected Bond films, Ian Fleming’s novels, as well as comic books, music, and other works related to the iconic series including parodies and spoofs (e.g., Austin Powers, Jason Bourne).

• THTR 1504 – Theater as Social Media

This course introduces students to the history of theater and performance as paradoxically both a social art (something that brings people together in time and space) and a form of media (literally a divide between people). The course begins with American playwright Anne Washburn’s futuristic play, Mr. Burns, and then analyzes contemporary media as forms of cultural performance. From the contemporary moment, the course traces the effects observed in contemporary theater, dance, and media through diverse global performance histories.

• THTR 2401 – Playwriting

A writing workshop for contemporary performance that includes introductory exercises in writing dialogue, scenes, and solo performance texts, then moves to the writing (and rewriting) of a short play or performance score.

• THTR 2510 – Performing America: Identities on Stage

What does it mean to act (or dance) like an American? This course examined representative American performances in drama, dance, and theatrical events as reflections of changing American identities. Included indigenous and colonial drama, as well as history of drama, musical theater, and dance of the 19th and 20th centuries. In particular, we will look at the ways in which specific performances defined what it meant to be American, as well as how individual artists reshaped theater and dance to represent their own diverse identities.


• TH 610/620/630 – Performance Research | Scholarship | Proseminar

Developed new graduate seminars on research methods, scholarship, and professional practices in theatre and performance studies. (Taught 610, 620) Emphasis on emerging methodologies, especially digital humanities research and practice-based research.

• TH 515 – Advanced Dramaturgy

Graduate seminar in production dramaturgy; included modules on live events outside of theatre, dance, and dramaturgy in new media and intermedial performance.

• TH 302 – Theatre History II

Second half of undergraduate theatre, lecture survey from the late 18th and early 19th century to the present.

• DMS 455/555 – Avant-Garde Cinema & Popular Culture

Combined undergraduate/graduate seminar in Department of Media Study. Coined after an elite military force, “avant-garde” film and media regularly appear in contemporary mass media in everything from music videos to corporate advertising.  Have we arrived at the post-avant-garde?  What constitutes an avant-garde film?  Has the phrase become defunct in an age of almost instantaneous appropriation?  This course is an advanced study in the theory and practice of avant-garde film and video and its connection to popular culture today.  Students will analyze seminal works of past avant-garde(s) in connection with contemporary popular culture and media theory.

• DMS 416/516 – Theory & Practice of Intermedia Performance

Intermedia performance embraces and explores the nexus between media arts and performance, and seeks to introduce the methodology of Performance Studies (itself an anti-discipline) to contemporary media theory. The first part of the course will be devoted largely to developing both a general theory of intermedia performance and individualized theories of intermediality specifically tailored to the individual art practice of each student. In the second part of the course, students develop individual projects—either practice-based or critical—shaped by reading and collective exercises. This production segment of the course will consist of in-class experiments and a longer term project integrating live and virtual performance with video/film, computer graphics, virtual reality, motion capture.

Recent Posts

Theatre, Dance & Performance Online

A regularly updating list of online theatre, dance and performances. Many are free or low cost, but your access may vary by location. I will continue to update whenever I have new information.


Support global theatre graduate students by scanning and sharing your personal library with grads through the Personal Library Loan site. Thanks to Chris Woodworth for this great initiative.

Upcoming: Alvin Ailey’s Revelations Monday, March 30 at 7pm EDT.

Lists & Collections

  • Ollie Jones’ google doc of Theatre Resources here. Thank you, Ollie! (twitter: @oelj)
  • Society of American Archivists Performing Arts Section google doc here.
  • Kalle Westerling’s (ever the excellent online resource) online calendar of events here.
  • New York Theatre moving online here. Thanks to Jonathan Mandall for these!
  • Playwrights offering writing workshops online. More here.

Online Plays & Performances (Collections, ongoing)

  • The Globe and Mail has a list here.
  • The Observer has a list here.
  • The Guardian has a list here. (Updated March 25)
  • The New York Times has a list here.
  • The Art Newspaper has a list of online & virtual exhibits here.

Individual Performances

Digital Reads & Audiobooks



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