Core Faculty & Administrative Staff

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.

Noel Rodriguez, Jr.
Administrative & Academic Services Director
nr22@nyu.edu
Contact Noel for M.A. and Ph.D. program information.

Laura Elena Fortes
Assistant Director of Programs
lf65@nyu.edu
Contact Laura for B.A. program information and undergraduate advising.

Nicole Cusick
Department Administrator
nmc337@nyu.edu
Contact Nicole for information about department communications, events, activities and budgets. 

Abigail Roucka
Administrative Aide II
ar3198@nyu.edu
Contact Abi with general department inquiries and questions.

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