Peter Eckersall

Dr. Eckesall is a specialist in new media dramaturgy, contemporary performance, and Japanese Theatre. He was as co-chief investigator for an international research project titled New Media Dramaturgy: How New Media Transform the Composition and Reception of Live Performance (2012-14) that includes comparative perspectives on performance dramaturgy from Japan, Europe, the US and Australia. He serves as the Vice President of Performance Studies international (PSi) and is the co-convenor of the PSi Dramaturgy and Performance Studies working group. He is co-founder and co-editor of Performance Paradigm and serves on editorial advisory boards for About Performance and Museum Tusculanum Press (In Between States series).  He is a visiting fellow in the Centre for Interweaving Performance Cultures, Berlin, and resident dramaturg for the Melbourne-based performance group Not Yet It’s Difficult. Major publications include: Performativity and Event in 1960s Japan: City, Body, Memory (Palgrave 2013), Theatre and Performance in the Asia-Pacific: Regional Modernities in the Global Era (co-authored with Denise Varney, Barbara Hatley and Chris Hudson, Palgrave 2013), We’re People Who Do Shows: Back to Back Theatre: Performance, Politics, Visibility (co-edited with Helena Grehan, Performance Research Books, 2013), Kawamura Takeshi’s Nippon Wars and Other Plays (ed. and translation, Seagull Books 2011), Theorising the Angura Space: Avant-Garde Performance and Politics in Japan 1960-2000 (Brill Academic, 2006).  He has published in journals such as TDR, Theatre Research International, Japanese Studies and Australasian Drama Studies. Prior to coming to CUNY, he previously taught at the University of Melbourne and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo, Rikkyo University, and the University of Copenhagen. Eckersall is working on a project to theorize the work of Japanese media-performance pioneers Dumb Type.