From Drama to Theatre to Performance Studies

  • Glenn D’Cruz


This chapter deals with the institutional and discursive relationships between postdramatic theatre and performance studies by drawing on the work of scholars such as Richard Schechner, Shannon Jackson and Jon McKenzie. It contends that performance studies not only establishes a condition of possibility for Lehmann’s work in the academy but also provides an eclectic set of methodological tools and theoretical perspectives that enable a richer understanding of the political efficacy of postdramatic theatre. After providing a brief account of the genealogy of performance studies, by engaging with the work of Shannon Jackson, among others, I use Jon McKenzie’s seminal work Perform—Or Else? (2001) to help me identify the institutional performance imperatives and pressures that enable and constrain teaching practices within universities.


Postdramatic Theatre Schechner Performance Studies Scholars Imposter Syndrome Thetheory 
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  • Glenn D’Cruz
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  1. 1.School of Communication & Creative ArtDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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