I'm really thrilled that my work is appearing this month on Brittle Paper and on the LA Review of Books. The Brittle Paper piece is a review of Roye Okupe's graphic novel E.X.O.; the LARB piece is an extended reflection on Disney's Zootopia and HBO's Animals. Many thanks to Ainehi Edoro at Brittle Paper and Anna Shechtman at LARB for their editorial wizardry.
I'm very pleased to announce that my short play "The Lunatics" will be produced as part of the Best of PlayGround 20 festival at the Thick House in San Francisco this June. It will also be published as part of this year's Best of PlayGround anthology. For more information, click here.
I'm very pleased to announce that my review of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' new play "War" has been published in this month's issue of Theatre Journal. I saw an early version of the play at Yale Rep; it is now about to open at Lincoln Center Theatre. My review is available through Project MUSE and on my academia.edu page.
HowlRound just published an article I wrote about Die Name Wat Ons Gee - the piece of puppet theatre I helped make last year as part of the the Barrydale Reconciliation Day Puppet Parade in South Africa. You can find it here.
My friends and collaborators Martha Herrera-Lasso and Kimberly Richards and I were recently interviewed on KALX's show "The Graduates" about our work in Performance Studies and the New Play Reading Series. The interview (dated 1.19.16) is available to stream or download on iTunes here.
Leila Singleton, the graphic designer behind the posters for my production of Rhinoceros and the other 2014-2015 TDPS mainstage shows, has won an award from Graphic Design USA for that body of work. Congratulations, Leila! You can check out the award-winning designs here.
I am absolutely thrilled to join the directing team of the Barrydale Puppet Parade, which brings artists from South Africa's world-renowned Handspring Puppet Company and their community partners together on a one-of-a-kind site-specific puppet pageant. This year's piece, Die Name Wat Ons Gee, explores the legacy of slavery in the Eastern Cape and will be performed on December 13.
I reviewed two recent books on animals and performance - Lourdes Orozco's Theatre & Animals and Una Chaudhuri and Holly Hughes' edited volume Animal Acts: Performing Species Today - for Theatre Survey 56.3 (September 2015). If you don't have access to the complete issue of the journal (which is of course worth reading in its entirety) you can access a PDF of my article on my academia.edu page here.
I am thrilled to announce that this year I am convening a Critical Theory Working Group here at U.C. Berkeley on the subject of "Animal Futures." Working Group meetings will take the form of seminars - 6 over the course of the year - led by the likes of Mel Chen, Donna Jones, Tobias Menely, Charis Thompson, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson and Alexander Weheliye. The inaugural session - in which I'll present my work on "New Naturalisms" - is on September 24th. For more information, visit the Program in Critical Theory's website.