Ioana Jucan is a PhD student in the Theatre and Performance Studies program. She is pursuing a parallel master’s degree in Philosophy at Brown. Her research lies at the intersection of theatre and performance studies, philosophy, and media studies. She is interested in exploring the role of performance in the production of knowledge across different cultures in historical eras marked by major technological breakthroughs, towards rethinking the notions of the experimental and the revolutionary. Related areas of focus grow around an interest in the themes of nature and reason and rationality and their reconfiguration in specific historical contexts, especially in relation to the baroque, modernism, and postmodernism.
Recent publications include: “Thinking Performance in Neoliberal Times: Adorno Encounters Neutral Hero” (in Adorno and Performance, eds. Karoline Gritzner and Will Daddario, Palgrave, forthcoming); “Cosmology of Worlds Apart” (in Nerve Lantern 7, forthcoming), “Losing the Temper of Reason: Self-reflections out of Time” (Parallax, April 2012); “An Experience of Thought: Measure for Endurance” (Transmediale Resource, February 2012).
Ioana interweaves her theoretical investigations with interdisciplinary performance-making activities. She combines traditional and experimental artistic methods in her exploration of performance as a site for the creation and transmission of knowledge and as a story-telling device. She is an alumna of the Watermill Summer Program under the artistic direction of Robert Wilson and has worked with Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players as dramaturg for Vision Disturbance (Abrons Arts Center, NYC). Ioana is also the co-founder and artistic director of the Listening LabOratory performance group associated with Brown University.
Ioana holds dual B.A.s in Theatre Arts & Performance Studies and Modern Culture & Media (with double honors, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Brown University.