Course: Queer Theory, Performance, and Public Practice

How can queer performance serve as a method of activist intervention in dominant culture? In this course, students will be introduced to the central theories and debates in the intersecting fields of queer studies and theater/performance studies. Students will also be introduced to various tools and strategies used by contemporary queer and feminist theater and performance artists aimed at re-imagining various regimes of normalization, including heteronormativity, patriarchy, and white ascendancy. To this end, students will read academic theory, dramatic literature, attend local plays and performances, and learn to speak and write critically about live performance. Additionally, this course asks students to put theory into practice: students will create original performances inspired by the course curriculum and experiment with other embodied modes of research and engagement.