March 15, 7:00 am

Sorbonne Université

Colloque co-organisé par Julie Vatain-Corfdir (VALE-Sorbonne Université) et Marie Pécorari (HDEA-Sorbonne Université)


Sorbonne Université

Conference program




Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 – Fondation des États-Unis (Cité Universitaire)

15 boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris (RER Cité Universitaire)


7pm                 Opening event in the Grand Salon

Play readings in conversation with author Lindsey Ferrentino


Readings of contemporary scenes, in English and French, by Roopa Chauhan, Simon Mauclair, Émilie Rault, Michaël Roy, Jess Stawpert, Anne-Florence Quaireau and Julie Vatain-Corfdir



Thursday, March 15th, 2018 – Salle D035, Maison de la recherche

28 rue Serpente, 75006 Paris (métro Odéon)


            9-11am             Panel I “New Languages, New Choices” – Chair: Elisabeth Angel-Perez

  • Avra Sidiropoulou (Cyprus)

“From Gertrude Stein to Richard Maxwell: Language, Performativity and Sensuousness in 21st Century American Dramaturgy”

  • Ana Fernandez-Caparro (Valencia)

“In search of grace and transformation: new American dramaturgies of gentleness and proximity in life and death”

  • Rachel Anderson-Rabern (Franklin and Marshall)

“American Wolves: Sarah DeLappe and the New Collective”

  • Valentine Vasak (Sorbonne Université)

“‘Banging in Through the Door of Race’: Color-blind casting the plays of Edward Albee in the twenty-first century”


11-11:15am       coffee break (Maison de la recherche)


  • 11:15-12:15am  Keynote address by Marc Robinson (Yale)

“American Neo-Realism”


            12:15-2pm        lunch break (Club des Enseignants, Sorbonne)


Salle des Actes, Sorbonne

17 rue de la Sorbonne, 75005 Paris / other entrance possible via 54 rue Saint-Jacques (métro Cluny-La Sorbonne)


  • Francisco Costa (East Anglia)

“The Future is Queer: Superheroic Identities and the Dramaturging of Queerness in Brad Fraser’s Poor Super Man

  • Katalin Trencsényi (RADA)

“Dramaturgies of the 21st Century American Identity”

  • Emma Willis (Auckland)

“Catastrophes of the self: multiplied protagonists in YOUARENOWHERE and I’ll Never Love Again


  • 3:30-4:15          Bertie Ferdman & Peter Eckersall (CUNY)

“Theatre in the white room: How dramaturgy and curatorial practices are intersecting in the contemporary arts”




4:40-6:40pm      Panel II “Dramaturgy and Music” – Chair: Anne Martina

  • Sarah Sigal (Queen Mary/Goldsmiths)
  • Dan Blim (Denison)

“‘Someone Tell the Story’: Historical Narratives and History Musicals in the 21st Century”

  • Antonia Rigaud (Sorbonne Nouvelle)

“‘The Industry’: Operas for the 21st Century”

  • Constantine Chatzipapatheodoridis (Thessaloniki)

“In the Great Tradition of the Gay Musical: The Cases of Falsettos (1992) and Kinky Boots (2012)”


Free evening and dinner




Friday, March 16th, 2018 – Salle des Actes, Sorbonne


            9-10:30am         Panel IV – “History and Documentation”

  • Jimmy Noriega (College of Wooster)

“Dying to Cross: Latinx Theatre, Immigration, and the US-Mexico Border”

  • Laureano Corces (Fairleigh Dickinson)

“Spatial representation in the text and performance in selected contemporary American theater”

  • Analola Santana (Dartmouth)

“Violent intersections between past and present: Migdalia Cruz’s Two Roberts: A Pirate Blues Project


10:30-10:45am  coffee break (Club)


  • 10:45-11:30am  Mary Anderson, Billicia Hines, Richard Haley (Wayne State)

“‘New Ground on Old Land’: Staging Rebellion in Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ‘67.”

  • 11:30-12:30am  Keynote address by Ilka Saal (Erfürt)

“Theatricality and Affect: Performing Race at the Turn of the Millennium”


            12:30-2pm        lunch break (Club)


            2-3pm Panel V “Political Consciousness and the Community”

  • Pierre-Héli Monot (Munich)

“Democratic Discourse Unstaged: From Deconstruction to Total War”

  • Donna Soto-Morettini (Edinburgh Napier)

“History on the Cusp of Myth: J.T. Rogers’ Oslo


            3-4pm  Panel VI – “The Case of the Wooster Group”

  • Johan Callens (Bruxelles)

“The Panel Performance: From Dada to Postdramatic Mediaturgy (and Back)”

  • Xavier Lemoine (UPEM)

“Wooster Group: From the End of Avant-Garde to Renewing Dramaturgies”


4-4:30pm          coffee break (Club)


  • 4 :30-5pm         Frédéric Maurin (Sorbonne Nouvelle)
  • The January New York Festivals, or How to Shape an American Landscape Within or Against the World Theatre”
  • 5-6pm  Roundtable “The Role of Dramaturgs and Dramaturgy”, with Kate Bredeson (Reed), Mary Davies (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham), and Emeline Jouve (Toulouse – chair)


This conference is organized with the support of the American Embassy in Paris, the Fondation des États-Unis, the Institut des Amériques, the DAAD and Sorbonne Université (Fonds d’Intervention pour la Recherche, équipes d’accueil VALE (EA4085) et HDEA (EA4086), PRITEPS, École doctorale IV).


Event contact information

Conference organisers: Marie Pecorari & Julie Vatain-Corfdir (Sorbonne Université) ;