Performance Studies faculty are internationally-recognized leaders in the field. Their research and teaching interests range from experimental theater and performance art to the aesthetics of everyday life, sound studies, affect studies, queer and feminist critique, and critical race theory, theories of dance/movement, the performance of politics, and beyond.

Performance Studies staff and administrators are one of our greatest assets—extremely knowledgable and happy to provide information and academic support, they are a valuable resource for faculty, students, parents, prospective applicants, and anyone seeking information about the department.

Administrative Staff

Laura Elena Fortes
Administrative & Academic Services Director; Adjunct Instructor
Contact Laura for M.A. and Ph.D. program information.

Nicole Cusick
Department Administrator
Contact Nicole for information about department communications, events, activities and budgets. 

Allison Brobst
Student Services Administrator
Contact Allison for B.A. program information. 

Alejandra Rodriguez
Administrative Aide II
Contact Alejandra for all general department inquiries. 

Core Faculty

Performance Studies classroom

"When I went to the open house, I heard people like Richard Schechner, Ann Pellegrini, and Barbara Browning speak, and I made appointments to meet with them one-on-one and talk more about what I was interested in learning. In a few short minutes, these people managed to show me new ways of using my brain and inspired me to expand what I quickly realized had been a limited frame of reference in terms of performance."—Sarah Bess Rowen, MA 2011