Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media
Debra Levine received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University and her MFA in Theatre from Columbia University. Her current research interests focus on translocal imaginaries in transnational and global performance, trans-disciplinary performance, disability arts and culture, social practice art and digital humanities performance scholarship. She has written extensively on AIDS activism and queer demonstrations of care during the early years of the HIV/AIDS crisis, and her research traces the ethics of AIDS activism through historical and contemporary art, performance and protest practices. Before coming to Harvard, she taught in the Drama Department at New York University, at Barnard College, and, most recently, was an Assistant Professor of Theater at New York University Abu Dhabi. She is the recipient of the 2017 ASTR/Cambridge University Press Prize, and has contributed book and catalog essays for artists Vikram Divecha, Lola Flash, and Trajal Harrell. She has published in TDR: The Drama Review; Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory; GLQ; Disability Studies Quarterly; Theater Research International; E-mispherica, the Journal for the Hemispheric Institute of Performance; Movement Research Journal; Studia Dramatica; the Walker Art Center’s Walker Reader; and NYU Skirball Center’s Indefinite Article.