Laura Levin is Associate Professor of Theatre at York University. She is Director of York's MA/PhD Program in Theatre & Performance Studies and teaches courses on devised theatre, contemporary theatre, performance art, and practice-based research. Her research focuses on performing gender and sexuality, site-specific and urban performance, intermediality in performance, and disciplinary genealogies in performance studies. She is Editor in Chief of Canadian Theatre Review; Editor of Theatre and Performance in Toronto and Conversations Across Borders; and Editor of several special issues of journals. In 2015, she was awarded the Canadian Association for Theatre Research’s Ann Saddlemyer Award for her book Performing Ground: Space, Camouflage, and the Art of Blending In (Palgrave, 2014). Laura has worked as a director and dramaturg on a number of productions in North America and co-curated research-based art projects that investigate intersections of performance, geography, and digital technologies. Most recently, she has been moonlighting as a performance artist and collaborating on activist, photo-based actions in and around Toronto. She is Co-Investigator and Board Member of the Canadian Consortium for Performance and Politics in the Americas, a research group which explores the relationship between performance and activism through a hemispheric methods and encounters, working in collaboration with NYU’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
Country(ies) or Region(s) of Specialization: While my previous work has focused primarily on artists from Canada, the US, and Mexico, I am interested in hemispheric approaches to performance that foreground “nation" and geopolitical borders as performative constructions.
Keywords: Performance art, contemporary theatre, site-specificity, public space interventions, hemispheric performance