Sebastián Calderón Bentin is an artist-scholar and Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama. He holds a B.F.A. in theater with a double major in cultural anthropology and an M.A. in performance studies from New York University. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University.
His research interests include performance theory, mass media, theories of the baroque and Latin American cultural studies. His writings have appeared in TDR:The Drama Review, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Istmo: Revista virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos and the anthology Neoliberalism and Global Theaters: Performance Permutations, edited by Lara Nielsen and Patricia Ybarra (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). His current book project, Baroque States: Theatricality and Television in Contemporary Latin America, explores the historical relationship between baroque performance and contemporary mass media in Latin American politics. As a performer he has collaborated with Every House Has a Door, Witness Relocation, Anna Deavere Smith, John Jesurun, Ann Carlson, Faye Driscoll, Tim Etchells and Matthew Goulish’s Institute of Failure, and the International Contemporary Ensemble, among others. He is currently developing a stage adaptation of Luis Buñuel’s 1962 film The Exterminating Angel.
Calderón Bentin has been a visiting teacher at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University, the Teatro de la Universidad Católica in Peru and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics of which he is a member. In 2013 he was awarded the Routledge Prize for research excellence at the postgraduate level by Performance Studies international.