Recent books

On the Edge of Utopia: Performance and Ritual at Burning Man

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In On the Edge of Utopia, Rachel Bowditch— performer, theatre director, scholar, and Burning Man participant—explores the spectrum of performance and ritual practices within Black Rock City from the everyday to spectacle, the profane to the sublime. Bowditch argues that Burning Man can be understood as a contemporary galaxy of happenings, a site for rehearsals of utopia, and a secular pilgrimage. As Burning Man continues to grow, it is creating new paradigms for performance, installation art, community, and invented rituals in the twenty-first century. 


Seagull Books/University of Chicago Press, 2010. 

Performing Utopia

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Performing Utopia, a volume of nine essays edited by Rachel Bowditch and Pegge Vissicaro, expand Jill Dolan's theory of the utopia performative to encompass performance in public life—from diasporic hip-hop battles, Chilean military parades, commemorative processions, Blackfoot powwows, and post-Katrina Mardi Gras to the Philadelphia Mummers Parade, Festas Juninas in Brazil, the Renaissance Fairs in Arizona, and neoburlesque competitions. How do these performances rehearse and enact visions of a utopic world? What can the lens of utopia illuminate about the potential of performing bodies to transform communities, identities, values, and beliefs across time? 


Seagull Books/University of Chicago Press, 2018.

Physical Dramaturgy: Perspectives from the Field

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Physical Dramaturgy: Perspectives from the Field, an anthology edited by Rachel Bowditch, Jeff Casazza, and Annette Thornton, looks at new ways of approaching a wealth of physical worlds, from the works of Shakespeare and other period playwrights to the processes of Jerzy Grotowski, Lloyd Williamson, Richard Schechner, and Michael Chekhov, and devising original works in a variety of contexts from Pig Iron, Dell’Arte International, Bill Bowers and mime, Tectonic Theater Project, and Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange, giving dramaturgs, actors, and directors new ways of looking at existing methods and providing examples of how to translate, combine, and adapt them into new explorations for training, rehearsal, or research. 


Routledge, 2018. 

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conferences

June 7-16

XI Hemispheric Encuentro, The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise and Performance, Mexico City

Mexico City

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June 7-16

XI Hemispheric Encuentro, The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise and Performance, Mexico City


Mexico City

Aug 7-11

Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference (ATHE)

Orlando. FL

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Aug 7-11

Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference (ATHE)


Orlando. FL

recent performances

March 30

Eden by Vessel @ Emerge 2019

1pm-5pm

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March 30

Eden by Vessel @ Emerge 2019

Tempe Festival for the Arts and ASU Old Main, Tempe.

1pm-5pm

March 30

Mystic by Vessel @ Walter Bloom Party

10pm-12am

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March 30

Mystic by Vessel @ Walter Bloom Party

at the Wherehouse, Phoenix

10pm-12am

February 23-24

Mystic by Vessel @ the Devour Festival

12pm-3pm

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February 23-24

Mystic by Vessel @ the Devour Festival

Premiere of Vessel's new atmospheric performance Mystic at the Botanical Gardens Devour Festival. 

12pm-3pm

February 9

Transfix by Vessel @ Color + Light Party, Ablesila

8pm-11pm

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February 9

Transfix by Vessel @ Color + Light Party, Ablesila

Vessel will perform Transfix the Color + Light party in Ablesila, a luminarium by Architects of Air, Mesa Arts Center/Pioneer Park. 

8pm-11pm

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