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Margaret L Werry

Theatre Arts and Dance 550D Rarig Center 330 21st Avenue South

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My research focuses on the way that people, and things, “perform” outside the walls of traditional theatre, in places of public culture and pedagogy such as tourism attractions or museums. This work is interdisciplinary, mixing the methods and concerns of performance studies, theatre, anthropology, media and cultural studies, and history. My interest is in the politics of performance, that is in analyzing the relationship between the aesthetic, kinaesthetic, relational, affective, and embodied dimensions of performance behaviors, and the broader problems of power and history with which they are entangled, such as indigenous sovereignty, human rights, climate change, colonialism, and global neoliberalization.


  • anthropological approaches to performance as social dramatrugy
  • critical race theory
  • cultural politics and performance of ethnicity, nationalism, and trans-nationalism, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region
  • 19th century Euro-American and British colonial popular theatre and entertainment culture
  • performance theory and historiographic method
  • cultural policy and governmentality - tourism, heritage, film
  • critical pedagogy
  • museum studies


  • The Tourist State: Leisure, Liberalism, and Race in New Zealand. Werry, Margaret, University of Minnesota Press, Author, 2011.
  • On Failure . Werry, Margaret, Roisin O'Gorman, Co-Author, 2012.
  • “Articulate Bodies: Writing instruction in a performance-based curriculum.“: Werry, Margaret, Stephanie Lein Walseth, Theatre Topics, 21 185-198, 2011.
  • “Nintendo Museum: ethnographic entertainment and neo-liberal citizenship.“ : Werry, Margaret, Palgrave, Neoliberalism and Global Theatre: Performance Permutations , 2012.
  • “Interdisciplinary Objects, Oceanic Insights,“ : Werry, Margaret, University of Michigan Press, Theatre Historiography: Critical Interventions, eds Scott Magelssen and Henry Bial , 2011.
  • “Tourism, Race, and the State of Nature: on the Bio-Poetics of Government.“ Cultural Studies, 22, no. 3-4 (2008): 391 – 411.
  • “Shameful Lessons: Pedagogy of/and/as Tourism.“ The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 30, no. 1 (2008): 14 – 42.
  • “Translate, Translocate, Perform.“ Performance Research 12, no. 2 (2007): 125 – 137.
  • “Shamefaced: Performing Pedagogy, Outing Affect.“ Co-authored with Róisí­n O’Gorman. Text and Performance Quarterly 27, no. 3 (2007): 213 – 230.
  • "The Greatest Show on Earth: Political Theatre, Theatrical Politics and the American Pacific.". Werry, Margaret, Author, 2005.

Creative Activities

  • Actor, in Mary Zimmerman's S/M: Lookingglass Theatre Company,, 1997
  • One Flea Spare. Naomi Wallace. Dir. Jeremy Cohen. Naked Eye Theatre Company, Goodman Studio: 1999
  • Actor, Foe. by J.M Coetzee: Northwester University, 1998
  • Creator - solo show: Getting to Grips, Northwestern University, 1995., 1998


  • Outstanding Criticism Award, ATHE, 2006
  • American Fellowship, American Association of University Women, 1998
  • Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship in Arts and Humanities, 2001 - 2003
  • Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Grant, 1998
Alternative Output Formats Alternative Output Formats
Boy with Beads. Boy selling beads. Laotian Art.Laotian art. Finding shade in Bhagsu.Finding shade in Bhagsu.