1st Edition

Research Methods in Performance Studies

Edited By Craig Gingrich-Philbrook, Jake Simmons Copyright 2023
    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    Research Methods in Performance Studies offers a unique approach for readers to engage with performance research and methods in practice. It examines ways of making performance, researching performance cultures, researching performers who themselves are engaged in research, and conducting research in the context of enduring and emergent themes of performance studies inquiry.

    This book features the work of eighteen scholar-artists currently working in performance studies who demonstrate—through applied projects—various methods for conducting performance research. The result is a wide array of novel scholarship including activist performance, slam poetry, video performance, stand-up comedy, adaptation for the Broadway stage, naturecultural performance, intersectional performance, performances of cultural and material preservation, and many others.

    Faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and performance practitioners alike will benefit from the approaches to performance studies research methods articulated by the scholar-artists featured in this collection.

    Introduction: Performance, Performativity, Research, Method

    Craig Gingrich-Philbrook and Jake Simmons

    Section I: Means of Making

    1. Adaptation of Literature as Method: Text, Politics, and Representation

    Matthew Spangler and Humaira Ghilzai

    2. Methods on My Mind in the Doing of Performance and Performed Ethnography

    D. Soyini Madison

    3. A Critical Method for Performing Popular Texts: The Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood as Case Study

    Tracy Stephenson Shaffer

    4. Personal Narrative Performance Research: The Visceral, Collaborative, and Susceptible Exploration of the Stories We Tell Others

    Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock

    Section II: Researching Performance Cultures

    5. Disability and Performance

    Donna Marie Nudd

    6. Expanding Frames of Analysis in Stand-up Comedy

    Dustin Goltz

    7. The Ethnography of Poetry: Or, Slamming Methods

    Javon Johnson

    8. Performance Space and the Architecture of Experience

    Nathan Stucky

    9. Beyond the Bounds of the Classroom: Facilitating Student’s Public Performances

    Charles Parrott

    Section III: Researching Performers/Performers Researching

    10. Mistranslation as Method in Artistic Research

    Alys Longley

    11. Performative Autoethnography: A Matterphor of Things

    Tami Spry

    12. Race and Social Justice: Performing the Radical Imagination

    Amber Johnson

    13. Critical/Performance Ethnography, Oral History Performance, and Listening: Notes on Methods for Living Research

    Daniel B. Coleman

    14. The Hero’s Journey: Creating a Theatre/Storytelling Performance Inspired by the Work of Joseph Campbell

    John S. Gentile

    Section IV: Emerging and Enduring Contexts

    15. Posthumanist Performance Studies: Four Practical Assertions

    Travis Brisini

    16. Tourism

    Rebecca Walker

    17. Performance, Technologies, Ontologies: The Video Performance Does Not Stand Alone

    Lyndsay Michalik Gratch

    18. Navigating Place as a Performance Studies Researcher: Waypoints and Breadcrumbs

    Shauna M. MacDonald

    Conclusion: Observations on Performance Studies Research and Methods

    Jake Simmons


    Craig Gingrich-Philbrook is Professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA. His interests include postmodern performance, queer performance and theory, performance in mediated environments, philosophy of communication, and communication theory.

    Jake Simmons is Associate Dean of the Judith Enyeart Reynolds College of Arts and Letters and Associate Professor of Communication at Missouri State University, USA. His research focuses on new materialist approaches to performative writing, autoethnography, and staging practices. He is editor of Text and Performance Quarterly (2022-2024).