Performance as Network: Arts, City, Culture
Yale School of Drama, USA
Ashley Chang is Dramaturg at Playwrights Horizons, as well as a Doctor of Fine Arts Candidate in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama, where her research examines the intersections of theater, performance, and ecology in scholarly criticism and artistic practice from the 1990s to the present.
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
Didanwy Kent has a PhD in Art History and is an assistant professor at the Colegio de Literatura Dramática y Teatro (Department of Dramatic Literature and Theatre ) at UNAM, in Mexico City. Founder and convener of the Seminario Permanente de Estudios de la Escena y el Performance (Permanent Seminar on Stage and Performance Studies) since 2013. She also convenes Aula del Espectador (Classroom of the Spectator) at UNAM under the direction of Jorge Dubatti. Her research topics revolve around the image, as well as on intermedia performance and performance studies more broadly.
Former Artistic Director, National Theater Company of Korea
Honorary President of International Association of Theatre Critics
Yun-Cheol Kim obtained his PhD from Brigham Young University with his dissertation on contemporary American Drama. He served as President of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) from 2008 till 2014. During his presidency, he launched IATC’s web journal Critical Stages in 2009. He recently served as artistic director of the National Theatre Company of Korea until 2017. He retired from the School of Drama, the Korean National University of the Arts in 2015, where he taught for twenty years. He received the Cultural Order from the Korean government in 2008. Two-time winner of the “Critic of the Year Award,” he has published twelve books, two of which are anthologies of theatre reviews.
University of Campinas (UNICAMP), São Paulo State, Brazil
Juliana Moraes is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Campinas. She is an artist based in São Paulo and Campinas, where her research engages with choreography and corporeality as theory and practice. She holds a PhD in Arts from UNICAMP and an MA in Dance Studies from Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance. She received prizes such as São Paulo State Art Critics Award, Vitae Foundation Scholarship and UNESCO Aschberg Bursary for Artists.
Seoul National University, Korea
Hakyung Sim is a Ph.D. candidate in the interdisciplinary program in performing arts studies at Seoul National University. Her master’s thesis examined the apparatus of contemporary dance theater and the shift in the paradigm of dance. She is expanding her research into the choreographic and performative aspects of popular culture.
University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Michael Sakamoto is a scholar-artist active in dance, theatre, photography, and media. His creative and critical works have been presented in 14 countries worldwide. Michael is completing a book project on butoh practice and social theory under contract with Wesleyan University Press, and developing “George/Michael,” a butoh/ballet performance duet with George de la Peña.
University of Washington, Seattle, USA
A fourth-generation Japanese American, Vince Schleitwiler teaches comparative ethnic studies at the University of Washington. He is the author of Strange Fruit of the Black Pacific (NYU Press) and has written for African American Review, Amerasia Journal, the Center for Art + Thought, International Examiner, and Village Voice, among others.