Past Futurists

Former FAB members include: João Florêncio, Areum Jeong, Eero Laine, Evelyn Wan, Felipe Cervera, Shawn Chua and Yiota Demetriou, Ashwer Warren, Azadeh Sharifi, Anna Jayne Kimmel and Natalia Esling.

Shawn Chua

Shawn Chua is a researcher and artist based in Singapore, where he is engaged with the archives at The Necessary Stage. He holds an MA in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate).

Evelyn Wan

Evelyn Wan is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) at Utrecht University under the support of R. C. Lee Centenary Scholarship from her hometown, Hong Kong. Her current research is situated between media and performance studies, and looks into biopolitics in the age of algorithmic culture.

Eero Laine

Eero Laine is an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. His research engages the intersections of performance, labor, and culture. Eero is co-editor of the volume Performance and Professional Wrestling (Routledge 2016) as well as an editor of the journal Lateral ( He is a consistent director and sporadic performer.  

Felipe Cervera

Felipe Cervera has recently completed his PhD in Theatre Studies at the National University of Singapore. His work investigates the intersections of performance research and extraterrestrial exploration. His essays have appeared in Theatre Research International, Performance Research, Performance Philosophy, and Investigación Teatral.

João Florêncio

João Florêncio is a lecturer in History of Modern and Contemporary Art and Visual Culture at the University of Exeter. His interdisciplinary research navigates the intersections of visual culture and performance with queer theory and posthumanism in order to think embodiment, ethics and community without the ‘human.’

Areum Jeong

Areum Jeong holds a PhD in Theater and Performance Studies from UCLA and her work takes a transnational approach to twentieth and twenty-first-century Korean and Korean American cinema, literature, theater and performance. Her current project looks at how performance and social media are used to document, record, or remember death, loss, and memory.

Anna Jayne Kimmel

Anna Jayne Kimmel is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at Stanford University pursing a minor in Anthropology and graduate certificate in African Studies, with an emphasis in dance, memory, and public performance as politics. Her current research intersects critical dance studies and crowd theory, to analyze the resulting representations of race, national identity, and … Continue reading Anna Jayne Kimmel

Asher Warren

Asher Warren has recently completed his PhD, Awkward Moment & Optional Electric Shocks: The Products and Politics of Intermedial Participatory Performance at the University of Melbourne. He convenes Performance Studies Melbourne and has published in Performance Research, Australiasian Drama Studies and most recently in Performance in a Militarized Culture (2017).

Yiota Demetriou

Dr Yiota Demetriou is a lecturer in Performance Studies and Digital Media, Heritage, and Innovation. Her areas of interest include curating oral histories, creative technologies and automation, gamification and experience design, audience studies, engagement, participation, and cultural policy-making; alongside political performance, contested borders,  and women’s war stories. She is a multidisciplinary artist, an experience designer, … Continue reading Yiota Demetriou

Azadeh Sharifi

Azadeh Sharifi is a PostDoc researcher at the Theater Department, University of Munich (LMU). She is currently working on the project (Post)migrant Theater in GermanTheatre History – (Dis)Continuity of aesthetics and narratives. Her work engages with (post)colonial and (post)migrant Theater history, performances by artists of color and the intersections of race & gender in contemporary European performances. She … Continue reading Azadeh Sharifi

Natalia Esling

Natalia Esling is a SSHRC postdoctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Theatre & Film. She received her PhD in Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies from the University of Toronto. Her current dramaturgical research considers the affective potential of immersive theatre practices both within and beyond an artistic context. She is co-organizer of … Continue reading Natalia Esling