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Brian Herrera, "Toward a History of Casting"

Casting – the process whereby actors are assigned to particular roles – remains an essential performance technology that stands apparently bereft of history, despite its inarguable centrality in the performance-making project. This talk charts a brisk genealogy of U.S. casting practice since the nineteenth century and briefly historicizes contemporary casting practices (like the audition and the headshot) as central to the project of excavating a history of casting in U.S. popular performance.

Brian Eugenio Herrera is, by turns, a writer, teacher and scholar presently based (and forever rooted) in New Mexico. Since 2007, Brian has been Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in World Theatre History and Performance Theory. His work, both creative and academic, explores the formation of gender, sexual and racial identities in and through U.S. popular performance. A historian by inclination and by training, Brian is ever and always a storyteller.

Photo by Kip Malone


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Room 219
Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street


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