Denise Ackerl
Chelsea College of Art
Since October 2015, Denise A. is a practice-based PhD student at Chelsea College of Art. In her research, which is situated in the context of cyberfeminism(s) and cognitive capitalism, she explores strategies of resistance in the digital space from a feminist performance perspective. In her performance and video works she tests specifically the strategies of over-identification and opacity as forms of resistance towards post-Fordist production modes. In 2017 she received the TECHNE doctoral research award and in 2016 the MEAD award for the British School at Rome residency. She was an invited speaker and performer at numerous events e.g. the Feminist Internet Symposium at Central Saint Martins (July 2017), Venice Agendas 2017 (Margate and Folkestone) and the Absolute Demolition: Gender and Anarchy event at the ICA London (July 2016). Previously to her PhD, she completed the MA Fine Art of UAL, and the BSc. in Business Administration, PGD in Fine Art/painting and studied BA in Political Sciences in Vienna.

Kd Amond
Independent Artist
Kd Amond is a storyteller. After receiving a BA in English from Louisiana State University and an MFA in film production from University of New Orleans, she began working in the entertainment industry. Her pilot, The Woodshed, debuted at the International Television Festival in Los Angeles, where she won Best Director. Kd formed Some Pulp Productionsand created unscripted TV sizzle reels and pitch packages. She also worked in production for some of Hollywood’s biggest films shot in Louisiana including Terminator GenisysThe Best of Me, Geostorm, The Big Short, and Fox’s Scream Queens. Kd also worked as an editor for John Schneider Studios taking several features into their final cuts. She has directed and edited regional commercials and several music videos; the latest, Jeff Bates’ “That Thing We Do,” is currently syndicating on CMT. Kd lives in Nashville where she spends her time screenwriting, songwriting, and producing feature film and new media content.

Madhuri Dixit
Pemraj Sarda College
Dr. Madhuri Dixit is an Associate Professor in Pemraj Sarda College, Ahmednagar. She received her PhD in Cultural and Media Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Her doctoral study is on representation of women in Marathi theatre. She has published articles on varied aspects of Marathi theatre among which feature the following two: ‘Speaking to the Male World: Caste and Performance of Women Playwrights’ (in Samyukta, XVI No 2, July 2016, pp. 34-56) and ‘Begum Barve: Embodiment of subversive Fantasy in Studies in South Asian Film and Media’ (5.1, 2013, pp. 25-36). She has presented twice in the International Theatre Federation Research conferences (2014, 2016), and in the Performance Studies International conference in 2017. She also writes cultural criticism in the Marathi language print media. Her academic interests is gender and caste discourse. Presently she is working on the idea of theatre archive as specific to Indian theatres.

Eda Erçin
University of Exeter
Eda Erçin, currently an advanced PhD researcher in Drama and Performance Practice at the University of Exeter, is a long-term theatre artist and social researcher who has specialized in practice as research, physical auto (biographical) performance, and everyday performance of gender.

Lisa Flanagan
Xavier University of Louisiana
Lisa Flanagan is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana.  Her research and teaching interests include poetics of place, body and space; early 20th century avant-garde; visual and material culture; tourism; oral history and ethnography; performative writing and mystory; interdisciplinary, collaborative, and community based performance. She is vice chair and 2018 convention planner of the Performance Studies Division of the National Communication Association.  In Spring 2018 she co-directed Institutionally Aggravated, a conversation between civil right activist Bayard Ruston and Irish poet and playwright Brendan Behan on the best path to resistance in the face of systemic social injustice.

Sarah Jackson
Southern University of New Orleans
Sarah Jackson is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Southern University at New Orleans. Her work has been published in Technocultures and Liminalities. Her dissertation theorized Joseph Cornell’s artistic processes as chronotopes of assemblage art. Her recent research and creative works revolve around the tension of environmental/cultural preservation and decay.

Lexus Dawn Jordan
Louisiana State University
Lexus Dawn Jordan is a graduate student in Performance Studies at Louisiana State University. As a performance studies practitioner, her primary interest includes creating performance as advocacy and activism-centering community narratives. Her recent work in progress is a collection of short protest performances and installations drawing awareness to and speaking against specific injustices against black children in America. Her most recent community project involved facilitating a race workshop based in Augusto Boal’s Image Theatre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Ross Louis
Xavier University of Louisiana
Ross Louis is Professor of Communication Studies and co-founder of the Performance Studies Laboratory at Xavier University of Louisiana. His recent performance work includes an adaptation of Richard Wright’s haiku (This Other World) and a series of site-specific performances in New Orleans and Montreal based on Georges Perec’s An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris. He has published in Text and Performance Quarterly and Liminalities and completed a writing residency at Incident.res in Briant, France.

Suzana Marjanić
Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research
Suzana Marjanić (1969), a research advisor, is on the staff at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb, where she realises her interests in the theories of ritual and myth, animal studies and the anthropology of performance (art). She published the book Voices of “Bygone Days”: Transgressions of Worlds in Krleža’s Notes 1914-1921/22 (2005),  the book Chronotope of Croatian Performance Art: From Traveleri until Today (2014) and The Topoi of Performance Art: A Local Perspective (Durieux, HS AICA, 2017). She co-edited the collection Cultural Bestiary (Zagreb, 2007) and its sequel Literary Animal: Cultural Bestiary 2 (2012) with A. Zaradija Kiš, The Folklore Studies Reader (2010) with M. Hameršak, Mythical Anthology (2010) with I. Prica and Krleža’s EU/rope furiosum with B. Koštić. Editorship: Editorial Board Member of Narodna umjetnost, Treća: Journal of the Centre for Women’s Studies (from 2004) and the bi-weekly journal Zarez (until 2016 when the journal was abolished).

Diana Damian Martin
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Diana Damian Martin is a Romanian performance writer, critic and researcher. She is co-founder of the Department of Feminist Conversations with Mary Paterson and Maddy Costa, with whom she also co-edits Something Other. She is a member of Generative Constraints Committee, a collective of practice-based research and Lecturer in Performance Arts at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Diana works in the fields of performance, writing and live art. She has published widely on experimental criticism, writing as performance, performance and political philosophy. She has a longstanding interest in examining the politics involved in the critical act. Her academic writing has been published in Performance Research, Critical Stages, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training and Contemporary Theatre Review. She is on the editorial boards of the Journal for Body, Space and Technology, Sinais de Cena and a contributing Editor for Critical Stages and Exeunt Magazine.

Agnieszka Mendel
Independent Artist
Agnieszka Mendel is a singer, actress, voice and theatre teacher, traveler, ethnologist, and photographer who for fifteen years worked closely with the Gardzienice Centre for Theatre Practices in Poland.

Róisín O’Gorman
University College Cork
Róisín O’Gorman is a lecturer in the Department of Theatre at University College Cork, Ireland.  She studied theatre in USA and returned to Ireland in 2007. Róisín’s current research lives between embodied practices and theoretical understandings of performance.  She explores this interdisciplinary terrain through the somatic practice of Body-Mind Centering (BMC) which offers an embodied ground to her theoretical and media based work. See:

Tracy Stephenson Shaffer
Louisiana State University
Tracy Stephenson Shaffer is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University where she researches and teaches courses in performance studies and film. Sheis co-author of Performance Studies: The Interpretation of Aesthetic Texts. Her research has appeared in Text and Performance Quarterly, Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, Theatre Annual, and Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies. She serves as the producing director of the HopKins Black Box, an experimental laboratory theatre at LSU, where she advises graduate student work and directs original live performances. In 2015, she was awarded the Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance from the National Communication Association. She is the current editor of Text and Performance Quarterly’s “Performance Space.”

Ben Spatz
University of Huddersfield
Ben Spatz is author of What a Body Can Do: Technique as Knowledge, Practice as Research (Routledge 2015); AHRC Leadership Fellow (2016-2018); editor of the videographic Journal of Embodied Research; and Senior Lecturer at University of Huddersfield. For more information on the Judaica project, please visit:

Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz
Wellesley College Emerita; The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz is a visual artist based in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Professor of Art at Wellesley College (emerita) and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and a 2007 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow.

Patricia A. Suchy
Louisiana State University
Patricia A. Suchy is Associate Professor and HopKins Professor of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University, where she has also served as director of the Film and Media Arts program.  Her recent work, supported by the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, is ”Persistence of Vision: Antarctica,” a video installation featuring re-enacted photographs from the Heroic Age of Antarctic science.  In addition to directing over 30 performances and video projects, her essays and media projects have appeared in Text and Performance Quarterly, Theatre Annual, Southern Spaces, Folkstreams, Liminalities, On Site, CineAction, and The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism.

David P. Terry
Louisiana State University
David P. Terry is Associate Professor of Performance Studies in the department of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University. His published scholarship has appeared in Text and Performance Quarterly, Qualitative Inquiry, Theater Annual, and Liminalities: a Journal of Performance Studies, among other outlets.