Interview with Sue-Ellen Case: What is Performance Studies? (2010)

Interview with Sue-Ellen Case: What is Performance Studies? (2010) HIDVL

Interview with Sue-Ellen Case, conducted by Diana Taylor, founding director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. This interview is a part of a series curated by the Hemispheric Institute, articulated around the question 'What is Performance Studies?' The series aims to provide a multifaceted approach to the often difficult task of defining the coordinatesof both a field of academic study as well as a lens through which to assess and document cultural practice and embodied behavior. The contingent definitions documented in this series are based on the groundbreaking experiences and the scholarly endeavors of renowned figures in contemporary performance studies and practice.


Sue-Ellen Case is Distinguished Professor in the School of Theater, Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Director of the Center for Performance Studies. A past editor of Theatre Journal, Professor Sue-Ellen Case has published widely in the fields of German theatre, feminism and theatre, performance theory, and lesbian critical theory. She has publishedmore than 40 articles in journals such as Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Differences and Theatre Research International, as well as in many anthologiesof critical works. Her books include Feminism and Theatre (1994; revised 2008and translated into Korean, Turkish and Arabic), The Domain-Matrix: Performing Lesbian at the End of Print Culture (1997), Performing Science and the Virtual (2006) and Feminist and Queer Performance (2009). She has edited several anthologies of critical works and play texts, including Performing Feminisms: Feminist Critical Theory and Theatre (1990), The Divided Home/Land: Contemporary German Women’s Plays (1992), Split Britches: Lesbian Practice/Feminist Performance (1996) and several others. She has been granted the Lifetime Achievement Award by both the American Society for Theatre Research and the Association for Theater in Higher Education. Professor Sue-Ellen Case has served as a senior Fulbright scholar at the National University of Singapore, the Eugene Lang Professor for Social Change at Swarthmore College, and in residence at Stockholm University and the University of Warwick.


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  • TItle: Interview with Sue-Ellen Case
  • Alternate Title: What is Performance Studies?
  • Date: 2010
  • Interviewee: Sue-Ellen Case
  • Interviewer: Diana Taylor
  • Duration: 00:13:10
  • Language: English