Faculty News 2015-16

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice Sandra Goldmark's projects this year include designs for Stupid F**king Bird and the Ding Dong in rep at the Pearl, Boy with Keen Company, and Once Upon a Mattress with Transport Group. She continues to lead Pop Up Repair, with department Production Manager Michael Banta. They will be partnering this May with Patagonia to run a Pop Up in their SoHo store. In other sustainability news, Barnard's design and production sustainability initiative launched this year, starting with restructuring of our production budgets to capture metrics metrics on the amount of new, reclaimed, rented and stock materials we use. Sandra is exploring these themes of stuff, sustainability, and stage design with her students this spring in the course Problems in Design.

Assistant Professor Shayoni Mitra had a productive year after being back from her sabbatical in India. Her manuscript on political theatre in Delhi is nearly ready for publication. She was also able to travel for three weeks with The Freedom Theatre, Palestine, and Jana Natya Manch, Delhi as they travelled through India with their bilingual Hindi-Arabic play Hamesha Saamida (Forever Steadfast), and will be publishing a travelogue essay based on her experiences. Prof. Mitra has hugely enjoyed working as dramaturg for the department Spring 2016 show Chokher Bali (Sand in my Eye). Working everyday alongside Mahesh Dattani, renowned Indian playwright and director, and Partha Chatterjee, founding scholar of Subaltern Studies, greatly enriched the collaborative process of theatre for her. The students and professional designers acting and working on the show pulled off a beautifully executed play. Read more about it here. In addition, Prof. Mitra, shared her experiences dramaturging for a Rabindranath Tagore play at Community College Philadelphia in her talk "Tagore and India's Theatrical Modernity," and delivered a Junior Faculty Talk, here at Barnard College, with "Contesting Capital: Radicalizing Space Through Political Theatre."

Alice Reagan, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Directing, directed a staged reading of Phaethon: a diggle of a fragment by Mac Wellman for Classic Stage Company’s Greek Festival in August 2015. In November, she presented a talk at the annual ASTR (American Society for Theatre Research) conference in November 2015, as part of the Working Group “The Stakes of Digital Scholarship of Theatre and Performance.” Also last fall, as a member of Wingspace Theatrical Design, she organized and moderated a salon for women directors and designers. This spring Reagan directed two readings of the new play Gertie and Alice by the Sea (You are to me) by Caridad Svich at the Lark Play Development Center and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Blown Youth by Dipika Guha, which Reagan developed and directed for New Plays at Barnard in 2014, was published by Playscripts; the play had its west coast premiere at Cornish College of the Arts in Fall 2015. This year Reagan served as a panelist for both the Women's Project Lab and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Upcoming: Reagan will direct OR, by Liz Duffy Adams at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, running July-September 2016.

Assistant Professor Hana Worthen’s article “The Theatrical and the Political: For a Skeptical Dramaturgy” is appearing in a forthcoming anthology developing a notion of contemporary political theatre. Her review of Judith Butler’s Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly, a book partially studied in her class on Theatre and Democracy, appeared this February in Critical Inquiry. Over the summer, she is finishing her manuscript in the field of performance philosophy, centering on the intersection of liberal humanism and theatrical performance; she is thankful to all students who have been instrumental in discussing this topic beyond the curriculum.

W. B. Worthen, Alice Brady Pels Professor in the Arts, and Chair of the Department of Theatre, published several essays this year, including "Shax the App," a consideration of iPad and smartphone apps for acting and studying Shakespeare (in Shakespeare and Textual Studies, ed. Margaret Jane Kidnie and Sonia Massai, Cambridge UP, 2015), and "The Shakespeare Performance Campus," in Campus Shakespeare, ed. Andrew Hartley (Cambrdige UP, 2015). He was also an invited contributor to the Shakespeare Association of America's volume of essays celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death; his essay "Shakespeare / Performance" appears in Shakespeare in Our Time, ed. Dympna Callahan and Suzanne Gossett (SAA, 2016). Professor Worthen is currently working on a book on theatre and technicity, and recently gave papers at the American Society for Theatre Research and at the Shakespeare Association annual conventions; in March he gave the Rector's lecture, "Mediatizing Hamlet," at the University of Łodź, Poland, where he also participated in a faculty seminar responding to his work, particularly to Shakespeare and the Authority of Performance (Cambridge UP, 1997).