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Friday 14 May 2021

The 2021 Edwin Booth Award: Diana Taylor

Celebrating a Lifetime of Activism within Academia

Friday 14 May 2021

The Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association in collaboration with The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented the 2021 Edwin Booth Award: Diana Taylor livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday May 14 2021 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

Since she co-founded the Institute for Women and Social Change (1993), to the Institute for Performance and Politics (1995), to the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (1998), Diana Taylor has dedicated her career to bringing artists, activists, scholars, and students together to discuss and act on the urgent social issues of our time. Scholarship, she argues in her books, is also a form of activism, an intervention that can channel the expertise and resources of universities to engage other communities of practice. What can we do, she asks, when apparently nothing can be done, and doing nothing is not an option? A lot.

Diana Taylor is University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University. She is the award-winning author of multiple books, among them: Theatre of Crisis (1991), Disappearing Acts (1997), The Archive and the Repertoire (2003), Performance (2016), and ¡Presente! The Politics of Presence (2020). These last three books were written or translated into Spanish as well as other languages. ¡Presente! will come out early next year with Ediciones Universidad Alberto Hurtado later this year. Taylor was the Founding Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics from 1998 to 2000. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and several other major awards. In 2017, Taylor was President of the Modern Language Association. In 2018 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Science.

The 2021 Booth Award is made possible by gracious support from: CUNY Doctoral Students’ Council Prof. Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Chair in Theatre Prof. Jean Graham-Jones, the Lucille Lortel Chair in Theatre Prof. David Savran, the Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in Theatre.

Booth Award Program:

  1. Introduction: Jess Applebaum, Philip Wiles, Cen Liu, Hui Peng, Maria Litvan
  2. Jesusa Rodriguez and Liliana Felipe opening
  3. George Emilio Sanchez
  4. Catherine Stimpson
  5. Richard Schechner
  6. Leticia Robles-Moreno, Marcela Fuentes, Olivia Gagnon
  7. Helene Vosters
  8. Doris Sommer
  9. Jesusa Rodriguez and Liliana Felipe
  10. Maria José Contreras: “Manifiesto”
  11. Maria José Contreras
  12. Fred Moten
  13. Petrona de la Cruz Cruz
  14. Photo slideshow by Lorie Novak
  15. Lorie Novak
  16. Marianne Hirsch
  17. Kaitlin M Murphy
  18. Jacques Servin
  19. Regina José Galindo: “Tierra”
  20. Regina José Galindo
  21. Marcos Steurnagel
  22. Christina Yang
  23. Luis Rincón
  24. Antonio Prieto
  25. Eleonora Fabiao: “D I A N A”
  26. Kristine Holfeuer
  27. Toby Volkman
  28. Diana Raznovich
  29. Faye Ginsburg
  30. Yuyachkani
  31. Lilian Menghesha
  32. Susana Costa
  33. Lee Xie
  34. André Lepecki
  35. Ana Paulina Lee
  36. Deborah Castillo: “Discurso para las masas”
  37. Rebecca Schneider
  38. Split Britches
  39. Diana Taylor’s response
  40. Introduction to Provocations by Cen Liu
  41. Provocation: Andy Goldberg
  42. Provocation: Esther Neff
  43. Provocation: Joned Suryatmoko
  44. Provocation: Jess Applebaum
  45. Diana Taylor’s Response and Conversation
  46. Zoom: Saludos
  47. Video: “On Our Way to Washington Square”

About HowlRound TV
HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world's performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email tv@howlround.com, or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

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