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Bertie Ferdman

 

Bertie Ferdman is a contemporary performance aficionado whose research specialties are in site based art practices and urban dramaturgies. Originally from Puerto Rico, born to Argentinean parents, she is now half French and lives in Brooklyn. With Frank Hentschker, she curated numerous international events and exchanges at the Martin E. Segal Theater Center, including two Site-Specific Performance Symposia and the US premiere of Rodrigo García's Accidens. Her articles and reviews have appeared in PAJ: Journal of Performance and Art, Theater, Performance Research, Theatre Journal, and Theatre Survey. With Tom Sellar, she is co-editor of a forthcoming edition (May 2014) of Theater on performance curation. Bertie is an assistant professor in the department of Speech, Communications & Theatre Arts at Borough Manhattan Community College, CUNY. She holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, is a graduate of Yale University and the Lecoq School of Physical Theater in Paris.

Red Hills and the Question of Who Gets to Tell What Stories
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Red Hills and the Question of Who Gets to Tell What Stories

15 July 2018

Bertie Ferdman looks at En Garde Arts’ production of Red Hills, which explores the question: “Who has the right to tell what stories?”

Translation Theatre
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Translation Theatre

New Saloon Theater Co. on MINOR CHARACTER

26 July 2016

Bertie Ferdman chats with New Saloon Theater Co. about their recent production, MINOR CHARACTER: Six Translations of Uncle Vanya at the Same Time at The Invisible Dog in Brooklyn, New York.

Festival Theatre
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Festival Theatre

Ilan Bachrach on Mass Live Arts

16 June 2015

Bertie Ferdman interviews Ilan Bachrach, founder and Artistic Director of Mass Live Arts, a festival of contemporary and experimental performance in Great Barrington, MA.

Trespass Theater
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Trespass Theater

Jeff Stark on The Dreary Coast

18 December 2014

The Dreary Coast is a site-specific immersive work that took place in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, and used elements of Greek and Roman mythology, Dante’s Inferno, black metal music, and the canal’s actual history to journey its audience through one of the most polluted waterways in the United States.

Citizen Theatre
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Citizen Theatre

Anne Hamburger on Basetrack Live

28 October 2014

Bertie Ferdman interviews Anne Hamburger about Basetrack Live, a multimedia theatre production inspired by Basetrack: One-Eight, a web project created in 2010 by photojournalists embedded with US Marines fighting in southern Afghanistan.

A Murder Mystery and a Party in Cynthia von Buhler’s Speakeasy Dollhouse
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A Murder Mystery and a Party in Cynthia von Buhler’s Speakeasy Dollhouse

26 June 2014

Bertie Ferdman writes about her experience at Speakeasy Dollhouse, and the context of the production's creation.

Performing Age
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Performing Age

Mallory Catlett’s This Was The End

10 April 2014

Bertie Ferdman reviews Mallory Catlett's adaption of Uncle Vanya featuring actors in their sixties and seventies.

Contemporary Performance Practices in COIL & Under the Radar Festival
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Contemporary Performance Practices in COIL & Under the Radar Festival

18 February 2014

Bertie Ferdman recounts productions from the 2014 UTR and COIL Festivals.

Political Immersion in Roadkill and La Ruta
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Political Immersion in Roadkill and La Ruta

3 September 2013

Bertie Ferdman writes about the use of immersion in Roadskill and La Ruta, and how this trend in storytelling can help us create political theater that creates empathy and action.

Blurring the Lines
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Blurring the Lines

Ant Hampton/Tim Etchells’ The Quiet Volume and Begat Theater’s Hidden Stories

8 June 2013

Bertie Ferdman talks about The Quiet Volume and Hidden Stories, two interdisciplinary works that challenge audiences perceptions of time and space.