Then/Now: Considering 1970s New York City and Performance Today

Thursday, 28 October 2021

4:30pm ET

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Then/Now: Considering 1970s New York City and Performance Today

Join us for a panel investigating how New York performance reacted to the crisis of the Seventies. How did it shape the landscape of contemporary work, what we should remember, and what might help us to create sense for the time after Corona we are entering now? With Karen Jaime, Julia Foulkes and Ryan Donovan. Moderated by Hillary Miller.

Featured Speakers

Hillary Miller

Moderator

Hillary Miller

Hillary Miller is assistant professor of English at Queens College, CUNY. She specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century drama, with interests in theatre post-World War II in the United States, performance and urban development, and contemporary playwriting. She is the author of Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York [nupress.northwestern.edu] (Northwestern University Press, 2016) and Playwrights on Television: Conversations with Dramatists [routledge.com] (Routledge, 2020). Her essays and reviews have appeared in RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, Theatre Journal, Performance Research, The Radical History Review, Theatre Survey, PAJ, and Lateral.

Julia Foulkes

Panelist

Julia Foulkes

Julia Foulkes is on the faculty of The New School and is the author of A Place for Us: West Side Story and New York (2016); To the City: Urban Photographs of the New Deal (2011); Modern Bodies: Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey(2002); and Realizing The New School: Lessons From the Past (2020) with Mark Larrimore. She curated the exhibition Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York (2018-19) and appeared in Netta Yerushalmy’s Paramodernities (2018) as a writer/speaker on Bob Fosse. As a 2021-22 fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, she is at work on a book about the rise of New York as a capital of culture in the 20th century.​

Ryan Donovan

Panelist

Ryan Donovan

Ryan Donovan is on the faculty of Duke University’s Theater Studies department, where he teaches courses in the practice and study of musical theatre. His first book, Broadway Bodies: A Critical History, 1970-2020, will be published by Oxford University Press next year. In the book, Ryan examines the body politics of casting Broadway musicals over the past five decades. He earned his PhD in Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center in 2019 and is delighted to return as a part of the Prelude Festival.

Karen Jaime

Panelist

Karen Jaime

Karen Jaime, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Performing and Media Arts and Latina/o Studies at Cornell University. An accomplished spoken word/performance artist, Karen served as the host/curator for the Friday Night Poetry Slam at the world-renowned Nuyorican Poets Café from 2003-2005 and in her book, The Queer Nuyorican: Racialized Sexualities and Aesthetics in Loisaida (NYU Press, 2021), she argues for a reexamination of the Café as a historically queer space. Karen’s poetry is included in: The Best of Panic! En Vivo From the East Village, Flicker and Spark: A Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, in a special issue of Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary and Art Journal, “Out Latina Lesbians,” and in the anthology Latinas: Struggles and Protest in 21 Century USA.

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