Conference Activity

Invited Lectures, Seminars, Symposia, and Presentations

"Reckoning and Reconciliation: Art, Architecture, and Culture in Contested Sites and Bodies." Panelist. University of Connecticut Law School and the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. February 19, 2021.

Symposia Organized

"Global Blackface." Co-organized with Douglas A. Jones, Jr. Rutgers University. February 2022.



Panels Organized

"White/Women/Performance: Fractured Intersections in Trumpian Times." Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference. Boston, MA. August 5, 2018.

"Performance Studies in/from the Global South" Working Group. Co-convened with Laura Edmondson and Jisha Menon. American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Conference. Portland, OR. November 7, 2015.

"Performance Studies in/from the Global South" Working Group. Co-convened with Catherine M. Cole, Megan Lewis, and Jisha Menon. ASTR Conference. Portland, OR. November 22, 2014.

"Sports Play/Sports Performance" Panel. ATHE Conference. Orlando, FL. August 4, 2013.

Papers Presented

"The Jim Crow Global South." Theatre History Symposium. Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC). March 5-8, 2020.

"Othello Travestied." Articles-in-Progress Session. MATC. March 5-8, 2020.


"The Jim Crow Global South: Minstrelsy's Repertoires as Colonial Discourse." Performance Studies in/from the Global South Working Group. ASTR Conference. Arlington, VA. November 7, 2019.

“Vital Energies and the Transoceanic Trace of Race: Kaatje Kekkelbek; or ‘Jim Crow’ Among the Hottentots.” Political Theater and the Spectacle of Power. Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association. Atlanta, GA. November 30, 2018.


“Scriptive Blackface and Eighteenth-Century Minstrelsy." Arousing the Bodies of Pre-1850 Performance Working Group. ASTR Forum at La Jolla. San Diego, CA. November 15, 2018.

"Racial Impressions, Capital Characters, and Inimitable Whiteness: Dave Carson Brownfaces the Empire." Impersonation in South Asia Symposium. Annual Conference on South Asia. Madison, WI. October 11, 2018.

"The 'Girls' of the Period: White Womanhood and Racial Innocence on the Transoceanic Stage." White/Women/Performance: Fractured Intersections in Trumpian Times. ATHE Conference. Boston, MA. August 5, 2018.

"Surveying / Surveilling the Databodies of Theater History: Visualizing Nineteenth-Century Performance Networks." Digital Defense for Scholars, Artists, & Activists Working Group. ASTR Conference. Atlanta, GA. November 17, 2017.


"The Many Genealogies of Sarah Baartman." Performing Time. Modern Language Association (MLA) Conference. Philadelphia, PA. January 5, 2017.

Plenary Session: "Transoceanic Blackface; or, The Silver Belt Jig." Transcriptive Objects and Things. ASTR Conference. Minneapolis, MN. November 4, 2016.

"Sly Bureaucracy: Power and Archival Practice in the Global South." Paper Works/Paper Fails: On Performance and Bureaucracy. TATHE Conference. Chicago, IL. August 12, 2016.

"'The Inimitable Dave': Performing Colonial Mimicry, Mimesis, and Inimitability Under the Raj." Association for Asian Performance (AAP) Conference. Chicago, IL. August 10, 2016.

"The Many Racial Effigies of Sarah Baartman." Performance Studies in/from the Global South. ASTR Conference. Portland, OR. November 7, 2015.

"The Other Other Question: Stereotype, Discrimination, and the Performance of Post-Apartheid South Africa." African & Caribbean Theatre & Performance Working Group. International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) Conference. Hyderabad, India. July 5-10, 2015.

"Transoceanic Blackface, 1848." Performance Studies in/from the Global South Working Group. ASTR Conference. Baltimore, MD. November 22, 2014.

"Re-Thinking Sports Fandom: Neoliberal Governmentality, Biopolitics, and Fantasy Sports." Sports Play/Sports Performance. ATHE Conference. Orlando, FL. August 4, 2013.

"'The Countee Cullen Cruller': Siting (Post-)Racial Consumption in Tracy Letts's Superior Donuts." Play(s), Production, and Performance. Performance Studies international (PSi) Conference. Stanford, CA. June 27, 2013.

"Signature Performances, Performative Signatures: The 'Strange' Case of Leo Núñez and Juan Carlos Oviedo." Performance Studies and Contemporary Sports. Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) Conference. Victoria, CA. June 1-4, 2013.

"(Un-)Binding African-American Female Performance: The Plays of Regina Taylor." Refiguring American Mythologies. ATHE Conference. Washington, D.C. August 4, 2012.

"Tour(ist)ing Post-Apartheid South African Theatre: Representation, Decipherability, and the Works of Brett Bailey, Yael Farber, and Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom in International Production." Intercultural Translation. PSi Conference. Leeds, UK. July 1, 2012.

"Re-Colonising the Mind? Playing on 'Universal' Classics in Post-Apartheid South Africa." Economies of African Performance Working Group. ASTR Conference. Montreal, QC. November 18, 2011.

"Settling Differences: Locating and Challenging the Foundational Structures of the Standard Bank National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, 1996-2010." Theater History Group Debut Panel. ATHE Conference. Chicago, IL. August 12, 2011.

"Looking At and Looking Through: The Prismatic Body of Anna Deavere Smith." Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium. Philadelphia, PA. March 14, 2011.