Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars come to NYU Performance Studies from all over the world to conduct independent research with our faculty members. During their residencies, visiting scholars give informal talks on their research, audit graduate courses, and meet with faculty to receive feedback on their research. If you are interested in becoming a visiting scholar with the department, please visit the following link for more information. Please note that space is limited and we can only host up to six scholars a year. 

2018-2019 Visiting Scholars

Catherine Makhumula

Catherine Makhumula

Catherine Makhumula is a theatre academic and creative activist. She is currently a lecturer in theatre arts in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. She has a PhD in Drama and Theatre Studies from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Her current research interests include intermediality, creative activism and Theatre for Development. Catherine’s study investigates the intersections between activism and artistic practice in selected Southern African contexts with the aim of analyzing the transformative potential of these creative methodologies. She postulates that creative activism challenges dominant ways of seeing and presents alternative imaginaries.

Maria Beatriz Braga Mendonça (Bya Braga)

Maria Beatriz Braga Mendonça

Maria Beatriz Braga Mendonça (Bya Braga), PhD is a Research Visiting Scholar Brazilian Actress, Director and Associate Professor at the Dept. of Performing Arts, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. She was Dean in the School of Fine Arts, UFMG (2013-2017). Her published PhD thesis "Étienne Decroux e a artesania de ator", is the only book in Portuguese language about Corporeal Mime. She writes about relations between corporeity, performativity, re-performance and the body as an archive. She is currently in a performative research with artists Corinne Soum and Steven Wasson (Theatre de l' Ange Fou), as part of her NYU’s postdoc in Performance Studies, with Prof. Dr. André Lepecki.

Carlos Motta

Carlos Motta

Carlos Motta’s multi-disciplinary art practice documents the social conditions and political struggles of sexual, gender, and ethnic minority communities in order to challenge dominant and normative discourses through visibility and self-representation. As a historian of untold narratives and an archivist of repressed histories, Motta is committed to in-depth research on the struggles of post-colonial subjects and societies. His work manifests in a variety of mediums including video, installation, sculpture, drawing, web-based projects, performance, and symposia. His work was the subject of the survey exhibition Carlos Motta: Formas de libertadat the Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Colombia (2017) that traveled to Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile (2018).

Marielle Pelissero

Marielle Pelissero

Marielle Pelissero is a performance theorist and practitioner. She holds a PhD in performing arts from Paris-Nanterre University, where she works as a Research Fellow. At TISCH, her research is sponsored by Fred Moten: she focuses on the sociality of audience, reconsidering the definition of spectatorship beyond the individual standpoint. She's also a visiting scholar at the Martin Segal Theater Center, the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her first monograph,"De l’underground à la superstructure", will be published in France in 2018. The book presents a “prehistorical epistemology“ of the notion of performance, throughout the early neoliberal context.

Renato Bolelli Rebouças

Renato Bolelli Rebouças

Scenographer, costume designer, performer and professor. PhD researcher in Performing Arts at University of Sao Paulo, investigating the poetic of destruction (How to cross the devastated field: between spectacle and its rubble), developed at Laboratory of Performative Practices. Since 2003, he creates projects for theatre, site specific, opera, dance, performance art, exhibitions and installations. Director of UAP (Usina da Alegria Planetaria) artistic residence and exchange platform located at Sao Paulo’s countryside. Member of OISTAT, IFTR and the curatorship for the Brazilian representation at Prague Quadrennial 2019. www.bolellireboucas.com www.uap-residence.com