Who we are

The TAPS Workshop brings together faculty and graduate students from across the university whose research concerns theater and/or performance. If you would like to join our email list, please contact the workshop coordinators at their emails below, or using the contact page.

Faculty sponsors:

Tina Post is wearing a black v-neck shirt. She has a silver nose ring and curly brown hair. She is smiling, but does now show any teeth.

Tina Post‘s work is preoccupied with racial performativity, especially (though not exclusively) the ways that black Americans perform racial identity. What modes of embodiment assert belonging or dis-belonging, and how? When do racialized subjects confirm and when do they subvert the expectations of their identitarian positions, and to what end? How do other factors of embodiment (gender, dis/ability, hybridity, and so forth) color these performances? She approaches such questions primarily through the lenses of affect and performance studies, using literature, visual culture, fine art, theater, and movement as examples and objects of study.

This is a black and white photo of Leslie Buxbaum-Danzig. She is backlit and wearing a turtleneck top. She is smiling and has curly hair.

Leslie Buxbaum Danzig is a director primarily of devised theater productions, working with ensembles over the course of a year or more (or less) to create original performances.  Her productions often bring together different performance languages (dance-theater, clown-theater, circus-theater).  As both theater-maker and audience member she enjoys the unexpected ways in which narrative (of some kind) emerges from shifting performance forms and logics.  She also loves provoking different methods of generating material, as well as encountering varied assumptions about how rehearsals work (as each performance form comes with distinct studio practices).

From 2011 – 2016, Professor Buxbaum Danzig was the curator of the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago, a forum for experimental collaborations between artists and scholars, and prior to that, she was a lecturer in Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago.  She received her BA from Brown University and PhD in Performance Studies at Northwestern University and trained in physical theater at Écoles Jacques Lecoq and Philippe Gaulier.

Workshop Coordinators:

Clara Nizard, TAPS/English PhD Student, 4th Year.
Fabien Maltais-Bayda, TAPS/English PhD Student, 3rd Year.

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