Stages of Inquiry

Each year the Barnard College Department of Theatre hosts an occasional series of lectures and talks by artists and scholars, as well as by members of the Barnard and Columbia faculty, speaking about performance as a process and practice of inquiry. Stages of Inquiry was inaugurated by Assistant Professor Hana Worthen, who continues to curate it.


September 2013


A Lecture and Demonstration
C. Shanmukhadas, with V. K. Kaladharan and T. R. Sukumaran
Moderated by Assistant Professor Shayoni Mitra
Three artists from India's premiere Kathakali training institute, Kerala Kalamandalam, present a lecture/demonstration of this influential form of classical Indian performance.
Thuesday, 9/19, 7 PM
Glicker-Milstein Theatre, Diana LL200
Sponsored by the Barnard College Department of Theatre
Free and open to the public
No reservations required
February 2013

The Canon & Its Double: Elfriede Jelinek in Translation & Performance

January 2013

The Alter-Ego of an Arab-American Assimilationist

March 2012

Hana Worthen and Kristian Smeds, Ethics of Translation: Kristian Smeds's Mental Finland

Assistant Professor Hana Worthen speaks about the Finnish director's multi-lingual Mental Finland, a mise-en-scène evoking a critique of the fixed imagery of national/European identity, and concludes with a discussion of the performance with the director Kristian Smeds.
Ella Weed Room, March 21, 7pm.
Co-sponsored by the Barnard Center for Translation Studies, and presented thanks to a grant from the Mellon Foundation.
January 2012

Ong Keng Sen, What's Left of the Intercultural after Globalizations?

Ong Keng Sen, the internationally acclaimed artistic director of the TheatreWorks company of Singapore speaks about his series of renowned productions—including Lear, Desdemona, Search: Hamlet—as ways of exploring intercultural performance in the era of globalizations. Glicker-Milstein Theatre, January 25, 4pm.
September 2011

David Greenspan, The Argument

Celebrated playwright and performer David Greenspan performs his brilliant one-man show, an investigation—and enactment—of Aristotle's Poetics. Minor Latham Playhouse, September 26, 4pm.
September 2011

From Page to Stage: A Discussion about New Plays and How They Are Getting Produced Now

A Panel featuring Susan Bernfield, Artistic Director, New Georges; Emily Morse, Director of Artistic Development, New Dramatists; Lauren Feldman, Playwright; Sylvan Oswald, Playwright, and Moderated by Alice Reagan, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Barnard College. Glicker-Milstein Theatre, September 21, 7pm.
March 2011

Shayoni, Mitra, Violating Performance: Women, Law, and the State of Exception

Assistant Professor of Theatre Shayoni Mitra discusses the Delhi based women's ensemble,Theatre Union and how it aided and enlarged the concerns of the women's movement, specifically by engaging in legislative discourse, their plays on sati and dowry serving as prime examples of what Gayatri Chakravarty Spivak calls "enabling violation." Sponsored by the Barnard Center for Research on Women. 
February 2011 

Enoch Brater, Beckett's Shades of the Color Gray

Enoch Brater, Kenneth T. Rowe Collegiate Professor of Dramatic Literature at the University of Michigan and acclaimed scholar of Samuel Beckett's theatre speaks about the nuances of Beckett's plays in performance. Glicker-Milstein Theatre, February 15, 4pm 
October 2010 

A Theatrical Ménage-à-Trois: The Play, the Director, and the Dramaturg 

Director and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice Alice Reagan and Dramaturg Ramona Mosse, in discussion, moderated by Assistant Professor Hana Worthen 
The play's the thing. If the director is its mover and shaker, what does the dramaturg do? This open conversation takes up the artistic and critical partnership between director and dramaturg, tracing the sometime mysterious processes of collaboration that generate a theatrical event. Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theatre, October 13, 3pm.
December 2009 

Kristian Smeds in Conversation, moderated by Assistant Professor Hana Worthen 

Finnish stage director Kristian Smeds's work for the theatre is synonymous with artistic, intellectual, and political debate in Finland and abroad, unsettling an easy equilibrium between national and larger European perspectives; destabilizing notions of national identities, his stagings provocatively reflect on the power of theatre as the vehicle for their dissemination. 
Deutsches Haus, December 1, 7pm.
Cosponsored by the Finnish Program, Department of Germanic Languages, Columbia University, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Finland and the Finnish Theatre Information Centre.