Future Now

Vivian Appler
College of Charleston
Vivian Appler is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. She is a 2010 Fulbright Fellow for puppetry and particle physics and a 2015 Huntington Library Dibner Fellow in the History of Science and Technology. She has published in Comparative Drama, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, and the Routledge Companion to Jacques LeCoq.

Felipe Cervera
LASALLE College of the Arts
Felipe Cervera is a Lecturer in Theatre at LASALLE College of the Arts, in Singapore. He is the Associate Editor of Global Performance Studies, member of After Performance Working Group, and co-convener of the Performance Studies Space Program.

Shawn Chua
Independent Researcher and Artist
Shawn Chua is a researcher and artist based in Singapore, where his research engages with embodied archives, uncanny personhoods and the participatory frameworks of play. He holds an MA in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate).

Maddy Costa
Maddy Costa writes about theatre and performance, online, in fanzines and in collaboration with other writers/artists, including Andy Field on the Tiny Letter project Criticism & Love. Together with Mary Paterson and Diana Damian Martin she is a founder member of the experimental writing, performance and dialogue collectives Something Other and the Department of Feminist Conversation. With Mary Paterson she is writer-in-residence with the Franko B archive. Theatre-makers she has worked with as dramaturg include Harry Josephine Giles, Selina Thompson, Jamal Gerald and Paula Varjack. Email:

Yiota Demetriou
Bath Spa University
Yiota Demetriou is a performance practitioner, lecturer of Performance Studies and Cultural Geography and researcher in the fields of creative technologies, UX and audience participation, contested borders, women’s war stories, and oral history. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Bath Spa University (UK), where she also teaches.

Kornélia Deres
Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Kornélia Deres is a lecturer in the Institute of Hungarian Literature and Cultural Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Prior to this, she was an assistant professor at Károli University. Published in 2016, her first monograph examined intermedial theatre practices in Hungary, Europe, and the United States. She is also a writer with three books.

Paul Geary
University of Birmingham, De Montfort University, University of Wolverhampton
Paul Geary is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, De Montfort University and the University of Wolverhampton. His research deals with food, the senses and performance and performance philosophy (especially the work of Martin Heidegger and Slavoj Žižek). Paul is also a member of the project team for 
Incubate-Propagate,” an AHRC Research Network investigating strategies for increasing the socio-economic diversity of emerging artists.

Rand T. Hazou
Massey University
Rand T. Hazou’s research and practice focuses on theatre engaging with social justice. His research on Asylum Seeker and Refugee Theatre has been published in a series of international journal articles. In Aotearoa he has led teaching and creative projects engaging with both prison and aged-care communities. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Theatre at Massey University.

Sorelle Henricus
Tembusu College, National University of Singapore
Dr. Sorelle Henricus works in the areas of modern and contemporary literature and visual arts, aesthetics and politics, and the philosophy of knowledge — particularly as it pertains to science and technology in culture. She has published on knowledge and post-structuralist thought and is working on a monograph on the concept of the gene across continental philosophy and molecular biology. She was awarded her PhD from the National University of Singapore and was awarded the Maurice Baker prize for her thesis on deconstruction and the history of genetics (2018). She is currently a Fellow at Tembusu College, National University of Singapore.

Areum Jeong
Asia Culture Research Institute
Areum Jeong is a visiting researcher at the Asia Culture Research Institute in Korea. She holds a PhD in Theater and Performance Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, a MA in Performance Studies from New York University, and her work takes a transnational approach to twentieth and twenty-first-century Asian and Asian American cinema, literature, theater and performance. Her current book project examines the Sewol Ferry memorial performances and protests in South Korea and diasporic communities, and explores how art and social media are used to document, record, or remember death, loss, and memory.

Stefanie A. Jones
New York University, and Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Stefanie A. Jones, PhD, (“SAJ,” they/them/theirs) is a New York-based adjunct who works at the intersection of theatre studies and politico-economic critique, with a focus social transformation and legacies of racial, economic, gender, and disability justice. SAJ is also a co-editor of Lateral,

Kareem Khubchandani
Tufts University
Kareem Khubchandani Tufts University Kareem is Assistant Professor in Theatre, Dance, & Performance Studies, and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. He is working on a book titled Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife, and has published in Scholar and Feminist Online; Transgender Studies Quarterly; Journal of Asian American Studies; The Velvet Light Trap; and Theater Topics.

Godwin Koay
Independent Artist
Godwin Koay is an artist and art worker based in Singapore on the Malay Peninsula. Their practice melds the textual and visual in both study and presentation through digital, pigment, and print media. They draw on speculative visions towards a life in common, anticipating or proposing potentials of autonomous rupture from violent enclosures.

Eero Laine
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Eero Laine is an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He is the editor of the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism and co-editor of Lateral (

William W.  Lewis
Texas State University
William W. Lewis is a Lecturer in Directing at Texas State University. He completed a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018. He researches the relationship between spectatorship and the social impact of digital technology and communications media in the twenty-first century. His previous writing has appeared in Theatre Topics, Performance Research, New Theatre Quarterly, Theatre Research International, PARtake, and the recently released book New Directions in Teaching Theatre Arts. Since 2016 he has served as the founding co-editor of Partake: The Journal of Performance as Research and later this year will co-edit with Sonali Pahwa a special issue of the International Journal of Performing Arts and Digital Media focusing on the relationship between digital culture, performance, politics, and power in the Global South and Global North.

Diana Damian Martin
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Diana Damian Martin is a performance writer, critic and researcher. She is Lecturer in Performance Arts at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, a co-founder and member of Generative Constraints and the Department of Feminist Conversations and co-editor of Something Other. She is editor of On Time: A SPILL Reader (Pacitti Company, 2018), (states of) wake: Dedicating Performance (performance space, 2018) and co-editor of Critical Interruptions Vol 1: Steakhouse LIVE (Steakhouse and the Live Art Development Agency, 2018). Her academic work has been published in Performance Research, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, Contemporary Theatre Review, Performance Philosophy Journal, and Global Performance Studies. Email:

Sean Metzger
University of California
Sean Metzger is Professor of Critical Studies in the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. He is the president of PSi.

Blake Morris
Independent Researcher and Artist
Dr. Blake Morris is an independent researcher and artist based in London. He is a co-founder of the New York City based Walk Exchange, and a section editor for the critical cartography journal Livingmaps Review. His forthcoming monograph, Walking Networks: The Development of an Artistic Medium will be published with Rowman and Littlefield International in 2019.

Donia Mounsef
University of Alberta 
Donia Mounsef is Professor of drama and Études théâtrales at the University of Alberta Dept. of Drama and Faculté Saint-Jean. A performance theorist and dramaturge, she is the author of Chair et révolte dans le théâtre de Bernard-Marie Koltès (l’Harmattan, 2005) and the co-editor of “The Transparency of the Text” (Yale French Studies, 2007). She publishes widely on intermediality, performance theory, visual culture, trauma theory, gender and feminist performance, and post-dramatic theatre. Her work appeared in Journal of Dramatic Theory and CriticismYale French StudiesYale Journal of Criticism, Women and Performance Journal, Féminismos, Alt-Theatre, Journal of Global Studies and Contemporary Art, Krypton, et cetera. She is currently finishing a book length study on The Future Performative: Transmediality, Biopolitics, and the Forensic Rhetoric of Loss.

mirko nikolić
Through performance and critical writing mirko nikolić seeks to prefigure more just collaborations among different species and heterogeneous bodies. In recent projects, mirko has been working on counter-extractivist ontopolytics, multispecies commo/uning, performativity of vegetal touch, and unlearning of anthropocentric and capitalist survival ideologies.

Mary Paterson
Independent Scholar and Artist
Mary Paterson is a writer and artist who works between performance, text and visual arts. Recent commissions include 
A Walk of View,” performed at Spike Island, Bristol and Soon after, this creature dissolved to tears,” an installation at Arnolfini, Bristol (both 2017). She co-ordinates the Department of Feminist Conversations and Something Other, alongside Maddy Costa & Diana Damian Martin. Email:

Bella Poynton
University of Buffalo
Bella Poynton is a playwright and PhD candidate at the University at Buffalo. Her artisticwork has been produced by Otherworld Theatre, Quantum Dragon Theatre and Post-Industrial Productions. Recently, Bella co-organized “2019: A Stage Odyssey: A Symposiumon Science Fiction Theatre & Performance” in Toronto.

Rumen Rachev
Auckland University of Technology
Rumen Rachev is a PhD candidate in Art and Design, at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). In 2014, he completed his research master studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in the field of media and performance studies. Rumen arrived in New Zealand in 2017 and was immediately labelled in his first performance as a “crucial European artist” by the New Zealand’s multidisciplinary performer Chris Berthelsen. Currently, Rumen isworking towards states of fluid performative uncertainties. His research profile can be foundat:

Morag Rose
University of Liverpool
Dr. Morag Rose is a lecturer in Geography at the University of Liverpool. Research interests include Feminist psychogeographies, public space, creative walking, community and regeneration in Manchester, UK. Morag co-founded The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement) in 2006, developing a distinctive academic-artistic-activist praxis and presenting, performing, and exhibiting her work internationally.

Oscar Tantoco Serquiña, Jr.
University of the Philippines
Oscar Tantoco Serquiña, Jr. is Assistant Professor at the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts of the University of the Philippines. He is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.

Haerin Shin
Vanderbilt University
Haerin Shin is an assistant professor of English, Asian Studies, and Cinema & Media Arts at Vanderbilt University. Shin’s research focuses on techno-ontology, digitalobjects, and issues of race and ethnicity. Shin has written on topics including posthuman spirituality, techno-Orientalism, and cyberculture, and has guest-edited Telos journal’s special issue on Korea (2018).

Lara Stevens
University of Melbourne
Lara Stevens is the author of Anti-War Theatre After Brecht: Dialectical Aesthetics in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave, 2016), editor and translator of Politics, Ethics and Performance: Hélène Cixous and the Théâtre du Soleil (, 2016) by Hélène Cixous and co-editor of Feminist Ecologies: Changing Environments in the Anthropocene (Palgrave, 2018).

Joel Tan
Drama Centre London, Central Saint Martins
Joel Tan is a Singaporean playwright and performer. Several of his plays are collected in Joel Tan: Plays Volume 1, published by Checkpoint Theatre, where he is an Associate Artist. Joel is currently based in London, pursuing the Masters in Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London, Central St. Martins.

Alvin Tran
Independent Artist
Alvin Tran is an artist and choreographer based in Shanghai. He has recently shown work at The Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, Inside-Out Museum, Beijing and Podium, Oslo.

Rita Martins Rufino Valente-Quinn
Motus Theater
Rita Martins Rufino Valente-Quinn (PhD) is the Producing Director of Motus Theater. She has worked with artists to bring performances to audiences in Portugal, Brazil, and the U.S. With Motus and in her research, Valente-Quinn investigates and helps to implement history-based, art, and social justice strategies to overcome colonialist inequity and marginalization.

Azadeh Sharifi
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Azadeh Sharifi is a researcher, writer, and activist. Since 2016 she is a PostDoc researcher at the theatre department Munich Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität where she is working on “(Post)migrant Theatre in German Theatre History — (Dis)Continuity of aesthetics and narratives.” From 2014 until 2015 she was a Fellow at the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures,” Freie Universität Berlin.

Evelyn Wan
Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society
Evelyn Wan is a researcher at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society at Tilburg University, and at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry at Utrecht University. She graduated cum laude from her PhD programme with her dissertation, “Clocked!: Time and Biopower in the Age of Algorithms” in November 2018. Her work on the temporalities and politics of digital culture and algorithmic governance is interdisciplinary in nature, and straddles media and performance studies, gender and postcolonial theory, and legal and policy research.

Asher Warren
University of Tasmania
Asher Warren is a Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Tasmania. His research interests include intermedial and networked performance, participatory and collaborative practices, and the sites of contemporary artistic practice. He is a member of Performance Studies international, the IFTR intermediality working group, and currently sits on the PSi Future Advisory Board. His writing has been published in Performance Paradigm, Performance Research, Australiasian Drama Studies, Refractory: Journal of Entertainment Media, and in the edited collection Performance in a Militarized Culture (2017). Email:

wen yau
Independent Scholar
wen yau is a cross-media artist, researcher, curator, and writer and has focused on performance/live art and social practices in the last few years. Her works often grapple with cultural difference and intimacy in public space and have been presented internationally. She worked as Researcher at Asia Art Archive (2005-2012) and conducted several research projects, including the first-ever “Hong Kong Performance Art Research” (2005-06), “A Glimpse into Performance Art in Indonesia” (2010), and organized the “Action Script: Symposium on Performance Art Practice and Documentation in Asia” (2010). She obtained an PhD at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, with her thesis titled “Performing Identities: Performative Practices in post-Handover Hong Kong Art and Activism.”  In 2015-2016, she served as Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Performance Studies Department at the Northwestern University, USA. She also contributes frequently to various periodicals in Hong Kong and Asia.

Marcus Yee
Independent Scholar
Marcus Yee is an artist and writer based in Singapore and Hong Kong. He is affiliated with the entanglement, soft/WALL/studs. He writes regularly for Arts Equator and ArtAsiaPacific, and has contributed writings to the Asian Film Archive, Singapore International Festival of Arts, and The Substation. At the moment, he is learning the Balinese gamelan, drums, and marimba.

Soo Ryon Yoon
Lingnan University
Soo Ryon Yoon is Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, where she teaches performance theories, dance history, and racial politics in the Korean and East Asian context. She is currently working on a monograph exploring choreographic articulations of Koreanness and blackness in the global Afro-Asian relations.