Present Futurists

Current FAB members include: Nien Yuan Cheng, Natalia Esling, Anna Kimmel, Diana Damian Martin, and Alexandra Portmann.

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

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

Nien Yuan Cheng

Nien Yuan Cheng is a Singaporean performance scholar and dramaturg. She is an Honorary Associate at the School of Literature, Art and Media at the University of Sydney, where she obtained her PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies in 2020. She has published in the Oral History Review, Performance Paradigm, and About Performance.

Alexandra Portmann

Alexandra Portmann is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Theatre Studies at the University of Bern (Switzerland). Her current research project “Festivals and Institutional Changes: Perspectives on Transnational Theatre Production” (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation) engages with transnational theatre production, systemic changes in European theatre and cultural politics. She studied Philosophy and Theatre … Continue reading Alexandra Portmann

Diana Damian Martin

Diana Damian Martin is a writer, educator and researcher. Her work sits at the intersection between performance and political theory, philosophy and migration. It concerns alternative critical epistemologies and queer and feminist modes of exchange, interventionist and political performance and the ecological and representational poetics of migration, with a distinct focus on Eastern Europe. She … Continue reading Diana Damian Martin