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.

Recent Events


Intersectionalities: Rethinking American Theatre

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall, Barnard Campus
Free and open to the public

Focusing on the emerging intersectionality of American theatre, a panel of theatre artists and leaders—Roberta Uno (Director of Arts in a Changing America), Mia Yoo (Artistic Director, La MaMA), Hansol Jung (playwright, director), and moderator Jonathan McCrory (Artistic Director, National Black Theatre)—consider the practices of activism and collaboration diversifying the contemporary American stage, in today’s reality of shifting demographics and globalization.  This will end our series with a nod to the future, as we head towards the predicted 2042 turning point (when people o f color are projected to become the majority of the population).

This is the last of three panels in the 2018-19 series Asian Americans in Theatre: Art and Activism, curated by Marina Chan ’17CC and co-sponsored by the Barnard College Department of Theatre, Stages of Inquiry series, and Asia Society, Performing Arts Department.



Asian American Theatre: Three Approaches

Monday, October 22, 2018
At 6:00 PM in the Minor Latham Playhouse, 118 Milbank Hall, Barnard Campus
Free and open to the public | No reservations necessary
Please join the Barnard College Department of Theatre, Stages of Inquiry, and the Asia Society for Asian American Theatre: Three Approaches, the first of three panels in the 2018-19 series Asian Americans in Theatre: Art and Activism, curated by Marina Chan CC’17.



A Conversation with the Wax Factory

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
At 4:10 PM in the Glicker-Milstein Theatre, Diana Center LL200, Barnard Campus
Free event

A talk with the Founder and Director, Ivan Talijancic, Erika Latta, Founder and Performer and Erika Rundle, Dramaturg, Associate Professor of theatre Arts, Mt. Holyoke College.


Intermedial Transversalities: Noodling the Nodals in Contemporary Experimental Theater

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
At 4 PM in the Glicker-Milstein Theatre, Diana Center LL200, Barnard Campus
Free Event

A talk by Bryan Reynolds, Claire Trevor Professor of Drama, University of California Irvine.


Kubabarira (Shared Suffering), Justice, and Grassroots Performance Associations in Rwanda

Thursday, February 9, 2017
At 6 PM in the Ella Weed Room, Milbank Hall, Room 223, Barnard Campus
Free Event

A talk by Ananda Breed, Professor in Performing Arts and Co-director at the Centre of Performing Arts Development at the University of East London, and author of Performing the Nation: Genocide, Justice and Reconciliation.

Performance, Technology, Translation

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Panel at 2 PM, Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd floor of Barnard Hall
Performance of love.abz at 6 PM, in The Glicker-Milstein Theatre, Diana LL200
Free event

An event exploring the theoretical and practical intersections between contemporary technologies of translation and performance.


Tahrir Plays and Performance Texts: Politics, Aesthetics, Translation

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Glicker-Milstein Theatre, Diana Center LL200
Free event

Co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre and the Barnard Center for Translation Studies, this event centers on a panel discussion chaired by NYU Professor of Drama Carol Martin, General Editor of the series "In Performance" (published by Seagull Books), in which the forthcoming anthology Tahrir Plays and Performance Texts from the Egyptian Revolution appears. The panel includes the volume’s co-editors and translators, Professor Mohammed Albakry of Middle Tennessee State University, and Assistant Professor Rebekah Maggor of Rowan University.

In addition, there will be a staged reading of They Say Dancing is a Sin, a monodrama celebrating the force of dance and the empowerment of Egyptian women through the performing arts. Conceived in collaboration with Hani Abdel Nasser and written by Mohamed Abdel Mu'iz, it is one of several eye-opening works in the anthology about the important role of women during the Egyptian Revolution.


Jim Clayburgh, Falling Down a Funnel

Monday, October 13, 2014 at 6 PM
Ella Weed Room, Milbank 223
Free event

Obie Award–winning scenographer and founding member of The Wooster Group Jim Clayburgh speaks about his visualization of theatre space through a collection of representative works. Clayburgh's most recent design work will be featured in the Department of Theatre's production, Faust 2.0, October 23–26.