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Margaret L Werry

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

Department Affiliations

University Affiliations


  • 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.