Media Projects
Mapping Mediatization in The Life and Times of King Kong
by Tracy Stephenson Shaffer
(web design by Pierre Cazaubon | Beautiful Dreamer video by Sarah K. Jackson)

The Invisible Theatre of Antonin Artaud
by Mischa Twitchinenter
[editor's notes: the installation soundtrack lasts 25 minutes;
experience may be enhanced by using headphones]

Performing vs. the Insurmountable: Theatrics, Activism,
and Social Movements

by Benjamin Shepard, L. M. Bogad, & Stephen Duncombepdf

(Performance & Pedagogy)
Effacement and Metaphor: Searching for the Body in Educational

by Keith E. Nainby & Deanna L. Fassettpdf

Sarah Palin, Sexual Anomalies and Historical Analogues
by Carrie Rentschlerread

Book Review
Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post-Soul America
(by Bambi Haggins)

reviewed by Ashley Blackread

<notes on contributors>

» Ashley Black is a PhD Student in the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University.

» L. M. Bogad is Associate Professor of Performance Studies, University of Calfornia at Davis. He is author of Electoral Guerrilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements (Routledge, 2005). His essays have been published in TDR: The Drama Review, Contemporary Theatre Review, Red Pepper, Fifth Estate, Radical Society, The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, International Brecht Society’s Communications, and the collections Place and Performance, A Boal Companion, The Art and Cultural Politics of Carnival, and Images of Mental Illness Through Text and Performance. He is a co-founder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army.

» Stephen Duncombe is Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, New York University. He is author of Notes from Underground: Zines and the Poltiics of Alternative Culture, editor of the Cultural Resistance Reader, and co-author of The Bobbed Haired Bandit. In his dreams he sits with Ronald McDonald re-imagining progressive politics.

» Deanna L. Fassett is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at San José State University. Her research interests include critical communication pedagogy, performative pedagogy and intercultural communication.

» Keith E. Nainby is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Stanislaus. His research interests include critical communication pedagogy, performative pedagogy, and philosophy of communication.

» Carie Rentschler is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal, where she alsoteaches in Women's Studies. She has just completed a book manuscript titled From Crime to Trauma: The Grammar of Victims’ Rights, on the changing story of crime victims in the U.S. and is currently researching a new project on the 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese in Queens, NY.

» Tracy Stephenson Shaffer is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University, where she directs in the HopKins Black Box theatre and teaches courses in performance and film. She would like to thank her cast, Pierre, and Craig for their contributions to this project.

» Benjamin Shepard is Assistant Professor of Human Services at City Tech/ City University of New York. He is author/editor of five books, including White Nights and Ascending Shadows: An Oral History of the San Francisco AIDS Epidemic (Cassell, 1997) From ACT UP to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization (Verso, 2002), and the upcoming Queer Political Performance and Protest (Routledge, 2009).

» Mischa Twitchin is a founder member of the London-based performance collective "Shunt," a freelance lighting designer, and an academic (Goldsmiths College, University of London). His current performance projects include: “I wonder sometimes who I am,” a work evoking the relation between European political history and art (with one performer, a specially made piece of furniture, and a soundscape featuring the music and voice of Arnold Schönberg); and a new play, “Klamm’s Dream” (a "monologue for two voices").

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