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Kimberly Jannarone

Professor, Theater Arts
Affiliate Faculty, Digital Arts and New Media MFA program
Affiliate Faculty, History of Consciousness PhD program
Directing, performance history, dramatic criticism, modernism

Kimberly Jannarone's research interests include theater and performance history, directing, and translation. A central focus of her work is the politics of the audience/performer relationship.  She was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center in 2017-18, writing her next book, Mass Performance.  In 2015-16, she was a Beinecke Fellow at the Yale Repertory Theater and a Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Drama.


Professor Jannarone's first book, Artaud and His Doubles (University of Michigan Press, 2010), interprets the theater of Antonin Artaud in the intellectual and political history of interwar Europe. It won Honorable Mention for the Joe A. Calloway Prize for best book in drama and theater.  Her edited volume, Vanguard Performance Beyond Left and Right, examines avant-garde innovation in the service of right-wing regimes (University of Michigan Press, 2015).  Her next book is Mass Performance, a cultural history that examines the phenomenon of thousands of people performing the same thing together at the same time.  She has produced and directed collaboratively devised pieces, including The Odyssey (2016) and the Gynt Project (2013), with the UCSC Theater Arts and Digital Arts and New Media programs

Education and Training: 
Yale School of Drama, 2000 D.F.A., Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism Program
Yale School of Drama, 1996 M.F.A. with Honors, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism Program
Emory University, 1993 B.A., English and Theater. Summa cum laude.
Selected Performances: 


  • The Odyssey  (2016)
  • Saying Emily, by John O'Keefe, with Nancy Carlin (2015)
  • Hamlet, a touring production (2014) 
  • The Gynt Project: multi-media performance, UCSC (2013) (video) (website)


  • Debâcles and Pride, Pursuit, and Decapitation, both by Marion Aubert.  With Erik Butler.  Yale Cabaret (2017), the Lark (NYC 2013 & 14), Playwrights Foundation (SF 2013).
Selected Publications: 
  • "Choreographing Liberty: The Festivals of the French Revolution."  TDR (2017)
  • "Mass Performance, Outside and Inside the Democratic National Convention, August 1968." Center-Staging the Sixties, eds. James Harding and Cindy Rosenthal. University of Michigan Press (2017)
  • "From Edge to Center and Back Again: Firmin Gémier and the Invention of People's Theater in France." Preservation, Radicalism, and the Avant-Garde Canon, eds. Rebecca Ferreboeuf, Fiona Noble, and Tara Plunkett. Palgrave (2016)
  • "The Uses and Abuses of Antonin Artaud," translated into Chinese in Theatre Arts, with responses from Atay Citron (Haifa University) and Richard Schechner (NYU), January 2012
  • "L'Amour chez Jarry: Rupture, Ridicule, and Theatre," New Theatre Quarterly, Fall 2011
  • "Audience, Mass Crowd: Theaters of Cruelty in Interwar Europe," Theatre Journal, May 2009
  • "The Theater Before Its Double: Artaud Directs in the Alfred Jarry Theater," Theatre Survey, Nov. 2005
  • "Puppetry and Pataphysics: Populism and the Ubu Cycle," New Theatre Quarterly, August 2001
Honors and Awards: 
  • Archie K. Davis Fellow, National Humanities Center (2017-18)
  • Beinecke Fellow, Yale Repertory Theater (2015-16)
  • Gary D. Licker Memorial Chair, Cowell College (2012-16)
  • Joe A. Callaway Prize, Honorable Mention. For the best book on drama or theater published during the previous two years by an American author. Awarded for Artaud and His Doubles.
  • ASTR Essay Prize, Honorable Mention. For the best essay on theater research written and published in a scholarly journal or volume. Awarded for "Audience, Mass, Crowd: Theaters of Cruelty in Interwar Europe."
  • Camargo Foundation Fellowship (2009)
Selected Presentations: 
  • "Mass Performance, Crossing Boundaries." Invited Lecture. "Crossings" conference, Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale, Yale University (2016)
  •  "Choreographing Freedom: The Festivals of the French Revolution." Invited Lecture. Theater and Dance Department, Tulane University (March 2016)
  • "French Revolutionary Festivals and the Invention of the Invention of Tradition." Invited Lecture. Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale, Yale University (2015)
  • "Reactionary Doubles: Artaud and the Avant-Garde." Invited Lecture. Hot Topics Lecture Series, Yale School of Drama (2015)
  • "Artaud and His Doubles." Invited Lecture. Open Books series, curated by Jonathan Kalb. Theatre for a New Audience and CUNY, NYC (2014)
  • "Alfred Jarry and Pataphysical Science." Invited Lecture. Cutting Ball Theater, SF (2014)
  • "Revolutionary Bodies." Plenary paper. ASTR, Dallas (2013)
  • "Translation in the Theater." Plenary panel. Lark Theater and Pen American Center, NYC (2013)
  • "New Perspectives on Peer Gynt." Featured Speaker. Department of Scandinavian Studies, UC Berkeley (2013)
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